THE WOES OF WRITER’S BLOCK by @PatriceWilton

I’m sure that even readers have heard of Writer’s Block — which means the writer is stuck in a wheel, spinning ideas in their heads but not on paper. It happens to the best of us; even Stephen King has experienced this dreaded circumstance where you sit at your desk ready to deliver magic on page, but you don’t have the energy, the drive, or your imagination has taken a road trip somewhere and you’re all alone—fingers eager to start pounding the keys with not a thought in your head.

Writer's Block

Yes, it can be that bad. I normally get excited to start a fresh book or series. Usually as I’m finishing one book, I already have ideas for the next. That was a few years back, now I have to work on it to decide who, what, where, why, the basics you need to know before writing the first word.

Writer’s Block Bursts Creative Bubbles

Most often I know the characters, the location, the conflict, the beginning and ending but not much more. I’m a pantser (write by the seat of my pants) not a plotter and that’s never been a problem for me or a million other successful writers. It starts out great, the first few chapters just flow and each scene leads to the next. Unfortunately, around mid-book the bubble bursts and I think…what now? Funny, but I might lie down and just think for an hour or two, or I go for a long walk and come up with an answer, or the answer comes to me while I’m in the shower. It’s there—somewhere—and may take a few days to reveal itself.

There are mental exercises that many writers succumb to. Like asking yourself questions and writing them down. Somehow you must find a breakthrough and that means getting rid of self-doubt! That is a general cause for the blockage and might be the hardest opponent to overcome. But remember why you chose this career and that you became a writer because inside that brilliant head of yours you are a writer.

Please check out some of my books for yourselves on my Amazon Author Page or my website. I have written around forty books: romance, comedy, suspense and now mysteries. And I still get blocked!

 

What is YOUR FAVORITE February Holiday?

February HolidayIt seems as if we’ve had one, long on-going party this month. So I have to ask… what is your favorite February holiday? February is the shortest month of the year, but my-oh-my wait until you read what a fantastic month it is!

 

Okay, we all know that it is Valentine’s Day in the middle of the month, but have a glimpse of all the special ways Americans celebrate February!

  • 1st – LUNAR YEAR and NATIONAL DARK CHOCOLATE DAY! Who knew?
  • 2nd – GROUNDHOG DAY AND NATIONAL TATOR TOT DAY! Whoopie!
  • 3rd – NATIONAL GOLDEN RETRIEVER DAY and OPTIMIST DAY! Yeah!
  • 4th – NATIONAL THANK A MAIL CARRIER DAY! Hope you didn’t miss it!
  • 5th – ICE CREAM FOR BREAKFAST DAY! Especially loved by all children!
  • 6th – NATIONAL CHOPSTICKS DAY–bet you didn’t see that one coming!
  • 9th – NATIONAL PIZZA DAY! Bet no one missed that!

Let’s skip ahead to:

  • 13th – SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! A day to pretend to love Football, unless you do!
  • 14th – VALENTINE’S DAY AND NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR COMPUTER!
  • 16th – FAT TUESDAY! We can eat all we want!
  • 17th – ASH WEDNESDAY AND NATIONAL RANDOM ACTS IF KINDNESS!
  • 18th – NATIONAL DRINK WINE DAY–Yippee!
  • 21st – PRESIDENT’S DAY!
  • 29th – LEAP DAY!

Bottom line—you can celebrate anything you want on any day you want—and nobody will know the difference!

We all need to celebrate, don’t we? Forget the dark days and look up to see the sun, or glimpse a falling star, a full moon in all its glory. I enjoy celebrating all the wonders of the world for we are fortunate to live on this beautiful planet.

Author Billboard always has a great many books for FREE or ON SALE every month! Please check them out!

For most of February, I have discounted SERENDIPITY FALLS, 3 book set. You will fall in love with the mischievous Cupid and the magic of love.

Serendipity Falls 3-bk set

Don’t Give Up by @PatriceWilton

Don't Give UpSorry folks, but we must admit that 2021 was a bust! After the previous year, we all had hoped 2021 would be amazing. We kept telling ourselves, “Don’t give up!” Yet, the deadly virus was not a thing of the past, our favorite enjoyments were limited with theaters and restaurants shut down. Schools were closing and our children had to learn virtually, without seeing their friends. The hardest part for many was not seeing their loved ones, even on special occasions. Safety was a priority, with our liberties in lockdown, and new variants spreading like wild fire.

LET’S FORGET THAT DOOM AND GLOOM!

It’s history and now 2022 is here to bring us the joy and happiness we all deserve. I for one believe this with all my heart. Belief is a wonderful thing. You wake up in the morning with a feeling that maybe something good is going to happen, and if you look around and open your eyes and your heart, it might appear out of nowhere.  You might stumble and find old coins or a package filled with money that will feed your family for a week. Sure, that’s unlikely to happen, but that joy and happiness could come in the form of a beautiful butterfly that catches your eye. A rainbow in the sky. A Cardinal when you’re thinking of a loved one. Maybe it’s more direct and material—like a juicy contract in the mail, a raise or praise, and the opportunities for a bigger and better job.

Rainbow

CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOR THE BETTER

With more openings than fillings this is certainly the time to strike out and find that job you’ve always wanted. You’re in the bargaining chair and have the power. Let your dreams and ambitions free, search for the highest star. Each day take a moment and close your eyes. Visualize what you want your life to be like. How to make it happen. Remember that each day is precious, so look for the silver lining, something to be happy for. Make it a habit, and you might find you’re smiling more!

Start out with small changes. Read a good book instead of watching TV. Take up a new sport or a hobby that you once enjoyed. Think deeply about it. This just might be the time to change Your World!

DON’T GIVE UP

Wishing every one of you joy and happiness and an exciting new beginning in the year 2022!

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Death in Sandpiper Bay is available as an eBook and in Paperback.

Death In Sandpiper Bay

Danger at Sandpiper Bay is available as an eBook and in Paperback

Danger at Sandpiper Bay

 

Inspirational Quotes on Autumn by @PatriceWilton

Everyone of us know the beauty that abounds in the glorious season of Autumn.
When asked, the most common answer is: It’s my favorite time of the year. Even the
great poets and writers have offered many inspirational quotes on the season.
Inspirational quotes
Here is a few of my favorites quotes, from names you will know and others you may not.
Enjoy!
“It was a beautiful bright autumn day, with air like cider and a sky so blue you could
drown in it.” – Diana Gabaldon, Outlander
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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” – Emily Brontë
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“Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets; golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick
or treat!” – Rusty Fischer
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“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about
the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
– George Eliot
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“Dancing of the autumn laves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are
awake.”
– Mehmet Murat Idles
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Living in Florida, I don’t see the miraculous change in the foliage, but I lived the first
thirty years of my life in Vancouver, Canada, and then six years in New Jersey in the
nineties–so it is still very vivid to me. I also just returned from a short trip to Maine
where the leaves were starting to burst with color–a truly beautiful state that was a
pleasant change from the heat and humidity we Floridians experience almost every day!
Enjoy the beautiful photos from wherever you are!
Happy Autumn to all of you.
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