August 12 2014 Romance Weekly

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Welcome to Romance Weekly. If you are joining from Jami Denise I'm so glad you stopped by.

Does humor help or hinder you in your creative process?

Humor helps me because laughter makes the day better and opens up alternate ways of thinking about a topic. Sometimes my writing is more geared toward the serious someone’s out to get me genre and being able to laugh or put some funny banter into my writing helps.

Don’t get me wrong - I’m not a romantic comedy writer. 

If someone said I had to write a comedy I think it would seriously hinder my creative process and I would run away screaming. I envy writers in the romantic comedy genre. I love being able to laugh but coming up with something humorous is quiet challenging. Any humor in my writing I feel comes by happy accident. 

What is a favorite go-to book or movie you use to unblock a problem in your writing?

I love to read so you might think I would have a favorite book to get me out of a sticky writing situation. Because my craft is writing I really need the visual a movie can provide. I read words all day in whatever form they come in: work, writing, recreational reading. Seeing instead of reading helps me a lot.

I have a list of favorite go-to movies when I need some help. Some are obviously romantic while others strike my science fiction heart. They are in no particular order and I will warn the list can change at a moment’s notice: 

  • Dirty Dancing 
  • Practical Magic 
  • The Notebook 
  • Terminator 
  • Aliens
  • Say Anything 
  • Signs
  • Love Potion #9
  • The Princess Bride 
  • Knocked up

I’ve already watched two this week. Want to take a guess which ones?

 What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read this week or month that’s generated a new idea?

I’ve been reading Revision and Self-Editing for Publication Second Edition by James Scott Bell. This book has kept me on the editing road for a month and beyond as my original goal for getting my manuscript revisions competed came and went. As I’ve read through the book (I’m almost finished) I’ve been able to generate new ideas where there were gaping holes in my writing. It’s a very good reference. I also would like to mention the book A Year of Writing Dangerously 365 Days of Inspiration & Encouragement by Barbara Abercrombie. It’s an excellent book for giving those necessary pep talks I need on a daily basis.

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