Thank you, Leandra Wallace, for inviting me to do a guest post on your blog today.
So…funny story. While writing my first book in the Maguire’s Corner series, Already Home, I experienced a major, colossal, way-too-long temporary halt. I mean really long. I couldn’t figure it out. I wanted to write. I needed to write.
But, every time I would sit down to continue my WIP, it was all just blank and I couldn’t write another word. Everyone said, take a break…read books…do something different for a while. And I tried all of those things. But, I still couldn’t get back to writing the story.
One day my mom/editor/biggest fan asked me what had happened to ‘that book’ I was writing. So, I told her. And as I explained my dilemma, it all clicked! EUREKA! I don’t like where the story is headed. I don’t want THIS to happen, I want THAT to happen! It all made sense. I couldn’t write the words, because I didn’t like the words.
This happened again, just weeks ago. I started on book three in the MC series, which I intended to be about the third female Maguire cousin, but no matter what I tried, I couldn’t make her story work. I had nothing for her. I scratched and clawed and fought to come up with something, anything, to write for her, but to no avail.
Finally, after lots of hemming and/or hawing, I figured out that book three wasn’t her book at all. She may get a story later on, but not right now. Book three will feature one of the male Maguire cousins, and he has a lot more going on in his life and will be SO much more interesting to write about.
So, had I actually thought about WHY I couldn’t write instead of trying to force the words, I might have saved myself some serious frustration. Had I listened to my inner writer voice, or even talked it out with someone I could trust, maybe I could have gotten back to writing that much sooner.
Do you fight with your words? Do you listen to your inner writer or do you shush that bugger up?
Thanks again for letting me visit, Leandra.
Heather resides in New York with her best friend who is also her husband, plus her talented and handsome son. She is currently owned by four stray cats. Heather's a full-time mom, works part-time from home, a chocolate enthusiast, coffee junkie, cat addict, book hoarder and fluent in sarcasm.
Second Edition: formerly Maguire’s Corner
Author: Heather M. Gardner
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Publisher: InkSpell Publishing
Coffee shop owner Maggie Maguire doesn’t trust the new police chief her father hired to protect Maguire’s Corner. He’s a stranger, cold, bossy and annoyingly handsome. But, Maggie’s witnessed a serious crime and now someone’s trying to kill her. The man that aggravates her most might be the only one that can help her.
Police Chief Jack Munro likes his new job and his new town, and unfortunately he also likes the stubborn but beautiful town sweetheart. His self-imposed hands-off Maggie policy is about to be put to the ultimate test when he must keep her close to protect her while he tracks down a ruthless killer.
Determined to ignore Jack’s charms, Maggie attempts to help him unravel the mystery but when their lives hang in the balance she must decide how much she’s willing to risk to save the man she suddenly can’t resist.