Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Escaping The Dreaded Reading Slump

 We've all been there. You set a reading goal for the year, create a list of books you want to read, and dive headfirst into your reading with gusto.

But somewhere along the way....something happens. The books you're picking up just aren't holding your interest. You're struggling to finish reading the story. Even if its a good story, you find yourself not caring whether the hero and the heroine get their happily-ever-after.

It's frustrating.

I've been in one of these reading slumps over the last month. Even though I go into the book excited to read the story, I find myself lacking the desire to pick it up even when I have time to read.

So what can I do?

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time this has happened. When I was in my late teens, I went two years without reading anything for fun. Back then, it was because I was being forced to read things I had no interest in for school and it killed my desire to read for recreation.

As an adult who hadn't had to pick up a text book for years, that isn't really an issue.

In recent years, the usual culprit is either stress or my schedule is overloaded. I need time to get into the story, to allow it to build and hook me with the plot and the characters. If I'm trying to grab five minutes of reading time here or there, that doesn't really do it for me, you know?

Does that mean I accept my fate and stop reading until the craziness has passed?

No. If I did that, I might never read again.

The best way I've found to get out of a reading slump for me is to pick up an old favorite. Returning to a book I already love can rekindle my passion for reading.

One of my favorite stories is Shadow Dance by Susan Andersen. It's one of her first novels and it hooked me from the beginning. I loved the characters, the story, and the mystery added an element of danger to the characters interactions.

After trying to read several stories and not being able to get into any of them, I'm turning to an old favorite.

How do you deal with reading slumps? Do you turn to old favorites? Try reading in a different genre? Switch to audiobooks? 

Leave a comment down below and let me know what works for you.

Friday, September 15, 2023

What I'm Currently Reading - Just Say Hell No


Next on my TBR is Just Say Hell No by Rosalind James.


Even a hard man needs a soft side.

Marko Sendoa isn’t a beach man. He’s not an Auckland man. He’s a hard man. Born Basque tough, raised in the heart of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, and bred on hard work, discipline, and getting the job done. It’s not easy for a rugby flanker who’s played 13 bruising seasons to make it to age 32 at the top of his game, but he’s done it. Next year is the Rugby World Cup, and he’ll do whatever it takes to be on the field in the black jersey when the anthems are sung.

He doesn't need a kitten. He doesn't need a pregnant cousin. He definitely doesn't need a too-short, distractingly curvy, totally unimpressed Maori barista and part-time pet portraitist who fills his house and his life with too much color, too much chaos, and too many secrets. He’s getting them anyway.




Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

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Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Overcoming Writer's Block: 10 Ways To Reboot Your Creativity

 No matter how experienced or talented a writer is, they, at one time or another, have faced writer's block. That sitting at your computer screen, staring at the blank page, and nothing comes to you. It's frustrating. The good news is because it's so common, ways have been discovered to help get you back to getting those words flowing again.

So how do we combat writer's block?

1) Free Writing. As authors, we want to be able to sit down and create usable material, but sometimes that isn't possible. Sometimes, we need to take the pressure off ourselves and just let our minds meander wherever they want to. 

Are you writing a contemporary story, but when you let your mind and fingers wonder across the page your character ends up in a distant land inhabited by giants? Give yourself permission to see where it leads. Maybe you'll decide to change up the genre you're writing. Or maybe you'll stumble upon a story thread that inspires you. It could be a relationship, a situation, or even a personality trait in your character you didn't know existed.

Letting your mind wonder can help clear your mental pathways and allow your ideas to flow freely.

2) Write Somewhere Else. Sometimes you just need a change of scenery. If you're used to writing at a desk, maybe take your laptop and try the couch or your bed. If that doesn't work, try the library or a coffee shop. The great thing about modern technology is that we're not as limited as to where we can do to write. Most public places have Wi-Fi. Take advantage of it!

3) Schedule Your Writing. Sometimes we get into the habit of not making our writing a priority. We'll try to work writing into our busy schedule. But sometimes not having consistent writing time can contribute to writer's block. Decide how often you're going to write, and add it to your calendar. Treat it like you would an appointment. You wouldn't blow off a doctor's appointment, right? Don't blow off your writing.

4) Switch Projects. Sometimes the fastest and easiest way to alleviate writer's block is to redirect your creative juices to another project. This can especially be true for those of us who like to write by the seat of our pants. If ideas aren't coming for one story, that doesn't mean they aren't for another. Pick the project that has you feeling the most inspired and run with it.

5) Go Back To Basics. Brainstorming or brain dumping can be a great way to get those ideas flowing. It can  help you connect to different elements of your story. Start with what you know and start asking yourself questions. What is this character's history? Who were their parents? What do they do for a living? Do they have any trauma in their past?

Naturally, these questions lead to other questions. Flesh out your characters backstory, their current situation, and what their goals and aspirations are for the future. This will often spark an idea that will guide your story forward.

6) Move. Physical activity has been proven to not only increase blood flow to the brain, but boost creativity. Go for a walk. Do some yoga. Or just put on some music and start dancing in your living room. The activity can help your mind break through the mental block.

7) Set Realistic Goals. Creatives tend to be overly optimistic when it comes to the time they'll have to write. In an ideal world we can write every day for hours without interruption. In the real world, that rarely happens. Berating yourself because you weren't able to live up to the ideal isn't good for you or your writing.

The best way I've found to address this is by time blocking. You can do it on paper, but I prefer Google Calendar. It's free and it's easy to change whenever something unexpected pops up.

Make sure you block out all your other commitments, as well as travel time to any appointments, etc. Block out time for meals (we all have to eat). Then, see what time you realistically have for your writing and marketing.Only after that's done can you set realistic goals you have a chance of achiving.

8) Set Time Limits For Technology. We all need to disconnect sometimes. Constant notifications and distractions can hinder your ability to focus. Not to mention, social media can be a time suck. Its easy to go on Facebook, Instagram, TickTok, Youtube, etc. and the next time you look at the clock an hour has gone by.

So should you delete all your social media?

I wouldn't go that far. Social media has its place, but there are things you can do to help manage your time when it comes to these distractions. There are apps that can prevent you from logging on to certain websites for a period of time or timers you can use to help you narrow your focus if having a deadline motivates you.

10) Relax. Sometimes the best thing to do is rest. Stress can contribute to writer's block. Sometimes we need to take a minute and let it all go. Meditation, deep breathing, taking a bath, or even a nap can clear your mind and reduce anxiety. Some people work well under pressure. Some don't. Get to know how you work best and create an environment that supports you and your goals.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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Friday, August 11, 2023

Currently Reading - Friends Don't Date


Next on my TBR is Friends Don't Date by Serenity Woods. She's another one of my one-click authors, so I'm excited to start this one. I love a good friends to lovers romance!


When friends turn to lovers, the temperature’s going to soar…

Tasha Wilde has spotted the perfect site for the chocolate and coffee shop she’s planning to run with her best friend, Maisey, in Doubtless Bay, New Zealand. The only trouble is that Maisey’s gorgeous brother, Kole, also wants the shop for his photography business.

Their friends are convinced that Tasha and Kole have feelings for one another, so they invent a game – the two of them must do their best to get the other to admit they’re in love. They have eight days. The winner gets the shop.

Both think their attraction is only physical. Both are going to get into trouble. But who will win the bet on Midsummer night?