January 19 2016 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Welcome back to Romance Weekly and let me say Happy New Year since this is my first blog for 2016. Romance Writers Weekly has a weekly blog hop where we share information about the authors in the group and ask each other interesting questions. We link from one blog to the next so you can keep reading about our authors!

 

Before me in the hop today is the lovely Gemma Brocato, contemporary romance writer. I’m curious about what keeps her inspired and motivated to write. Check out her blog here.

J.J. Devine, author of The Cheyenne Bride, wants to know what inspires us and what motivates us to write.

 

I will say that I must have the winter blues, or the going-back-to-work blues after-the-happy-times-from-the-holidays because I haven’t had a lot of motivation for the month of January. I’ve been neck deep in edits and would really love to find some inspiration to start something new and fresh, BUT I know I have to get these edits finished! So I really had to think about today’s topic. I decided to break it down into 10 things that I hope will break me out of my funk. 

 

5 things that inspire me

1.     Making a goals list. It sounds boring and it can be, but if I’m setting monthly and yearly goals for both my personal life and writing life that can get the juices flowing. I’ll want to check those goals off. Usually the ideas start to pop up after that. The more personal goals I check off - the more writing time I’ll know I’ll have.

2.     Being around supportive writers!

3.     Music is inspiring. I figure out what the lyrics mean to me and apply them to an idea I have. Songs can become a backdrop for a character or an entire world for several characters. 

4.     Nature. It’s more challenging to get outside in the winter, but if the weather cooperates and I get some fresh air, I can find some inspiration in the beauty of nature.  

5.     Reading. Romance novels get me inspired because I want to be able to create something similar that will resonate with readers, but poetry and non-fiction also inspire me. A lot of time reading non-romance can inspire me more either because I want to change it into a romance or it just speaks to me and my ruminations about it create ideas.

 

5 things that get me motivated to write

1.     Reading also gets me motivated to write. Romance novels contain the inspiration and with that comes my urge to get busy and write my own romance.

2.     Movies and TV shows. I love the visuals that cinema and television give me. When I take a break and get immersed into a series (Netflix marathons!) then a lot of ideas come to me and the motivation to get them written down.

3.     Getting out of the house and experiencing something new. I went to a birthday party at Sky Zone, an indoor trampoline center. I was out of my element, but there were some ideas that came to me. What if a single Mom brought her child for personal instruction and a romance developed with the trainer? What if at the birthday party two former high school sweethearts were mutual friends with the birthday boy’s parents? 

4.     It hasn’t happened a lot in the past few months, probably because of the busy holiday months and the letdown of January, but waking up from a crazy dream can give me the motivation to immediately park my body in front of the computer and write all day.

5.     The feeling of accomplishment and the unique part of working on something creative just provides me with a satisfaction that’s enough to motivate me to get to my writing desk. Also, that’s probably why I get grouchy went I haven’t been at my writing desk in a few days. J

 

What a way for me to kick off my blogging year by thinking about what inspires & motivates me. Now, it’s time to put these lists to good use.

Hop on over to author Jenna Da Sie to find out what keeps her writing!

See you next week!

 

June 9 2015 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

Welcome Back readers! Make sure to check out J.J. Devine's thoughts on theme if you haven't yet. 

This week our blog topic is from the talented Ronnie Allen, author of Gemini. She wants to know about theme today and asks us: 

What is a theme in your novel or reoccurring throughout a series that sends a message about an issue in society? Was it developed intensionally, or did it evolve through the characters and plot?

Ronnie struck fear into my heart. 

Theme is a difficult subject for me. I never sit down with an idea for a piece of writing with a particular theme in mind. I fear, if I did have a particular theme in mind, I would force the writing to that theme instead of allowing the story to tell itself naturally. 

I'll start with my genre: romance, of course. A general theme in my writing by default is that love conquers all or that there is someone for everyone (at least in my stories there is someone for everyone) despite some huge obstacles, like being an alien for instance, or keeping a bunch of secrets. I feel love is an obvious theme for a romance novel! I'm not sure how this would relate to society except that we can all use a little more love in our lives even when (or especially when) we feel alienated from others.

Is there another theme in my writing?

My Sixxer world is focused on the hidden among us, namely aliens living among humans trying to survive. A huge theme in this world is: The Illusion of Control. 

In the Sixxer world, whether humans or Sixxers, each believes they have the upper hand. It's all an illusion, and one that comes crashing down on the characters frequently. I didn't do this on purpose. I believe this theme evolved naturally as I discovered the world my characters live in. It's probably because of the underlying issue that I always think I have control of the situation and then my toddler throws his dinner on the floor or runs off with my shoe. I'm not sure how this affects society but it certainly affects me when my illusion shatters. 

Next on the hope is Xio Axelrod, author of The Calum. I'm curious what theme(s) she's identified in her work.  

See you next week!

July 15 2014 Romance Weekly

#LoveChatWrite

#LoveChatWrite

Do you like to read romance novels? Wouldn't you like to know more about your favorite authors? Well you came to the right place! Join the writers of Romance Weekly as we go behind the scenes of our books and tell all..... About our writing of course! Every week we'll answer questions and after you've enjoyed the blog on this site we'll direct you to another. So come back often for a thrilling ride! Tell your friends and feel free to ask us questions in the comment box.

Romance Weekly time. Jo Richardson, author of Cursed Be The Wicked, provided today's questions.

Thanks Jo!

Cursed Be The Wicked

Cursed Be The Wicked

I'd be honored to be your first stop in the blog hop today. If you found me via J.J. Devine's website welcome. J.J. Devine is the author of Historical novel, The Cheyenne Bride and released her first paranormal novel, Into The Darkness, last week. Congrats J.J.!

Into The Darkness

Into The Darkness

The Cheyenne Bride

The Cheyenne Bride

Now onto the questions. :) 

How often do you write?

I write whenever I can. I try to have a schedule where I write in the morning, take a break, and then write in the afternoon or evening. These are usually times when my baby boy is taking a nap. :) While I would love to write everyday there are days when the schedule does not allow for it. I don’t let that discourage me. Instead, I find more determination to get back to writing the next day. It might be in the early morning (if I can get my butt out of bed) or late evening (for an hour while fighting exhaustion) when I can get to it but I can’t shame myself for those times when I can’t. It helps to set goals then get to them however I am able. 

Do you think it’s important to your craft to write as much as you can and as often as you can? 

Absolutely. If I don’t make the time to write there is nothing to edit and nothing for others to read. I want to create stories others will enjoy like I enjoy them. The more I write the more I improve. It’s taken me a long time to get two completed manuscripts finished. There are many people who think it’s easy to write a novel or even a novella and have it be a masterpiece from the start. What they don’t know is there are many uncompleted manuscripts that are abandoned because the writer (me) knows it isn’t going to work. All those abandoned pieces of writing are helping me get better, create better characters, more engaging plot, and hopefully write and edit faster so I can have something for others to enjoy. 

What is your opinion on the saying “if you don’t write everyday, you’re not a writer”?

It’s a bullshit saying. It’s like saying if you don’t put out a fire everyday you’re not a firefighter. Every profession gets to have a day off. Also, everyone is different and work schedules and family schedules are a reality for many people. Life happens and sometimes the writing doesn’t. For instance, I beat myself up at the beginning of the year for not making the time to write. I mean, REALLY,  I wasn’t working at the time I should’ve been able to dedicate myself to writing everyday! 

Then my husband reminded me...I just had a baby. 

I was a writer then because I had writing on my mind. I journaled some. Had ideas and jotted down notes for when the three hour feedings dwindled to something more manageable for sleep but also for mental clarity. I read favorite authors and new authors to keep me inspired. 

I think what makes a writer are the goals we set and stick to and then create new goals and stick to those as well. If someone had the goal of writing three days a week or only on the weekend and did that for years there’s no doubt in my mind she was a writer. If we have to pause for a day or for longer but know in our hearts we aren’t giving up, yeah we’re still writers.

Thanks for joining me today. Hop on over to Nina Mason's blog for more author insights and check out her smexy Scottish paranormals!