Writers & Authors Advice

5 Ways to write even when you feel uninspired

We all have those days, even months when no inspiration comes to write.

Here are 5 simple things you can do to help you kick start your writing again.

1. Read more books

Might sound strange to some, but reading is a great way to inspire you to write. It can spark an idea in your mind and trigger a story.

Also seeing what another Author does can give you the push you need to create your own masterpiece.

2. Do something you love

Sometimes all you need is time out of your writing den, and norm of life. Go do something you enjoy. Even if it’s a massage, weekend away or coffee with an old friend.

Your brain needs downtime by changing activities. It’s like a natural kickstart.

3. Celebrate small wins

Don’t be hard on yourself if you only manage to write a few hundred words a day or if you come up with an idea for the next chapter only. Celebrate those small wins. Every step forward is a step to completing your novel.

4. Ignore criticism

There will always be people who read something you write and have a negative comment. Don’t take the criticism to heart. Judge it objectively.

Ask yourself : Is there something I can learn from it to improve or should I ignore it all together?

Whatever you do, don’t let criticism stop you from writing and being great at it.

5. Don’t wait for inspiration

If you’re going to wait until you feel 100% inspired to write, then you will never write. Just start writing and see how the story starts to guide you. Writing steers inspiration. Inspiration doesn’t steer your writing.

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from Amazon, Waterstones, Barnes&Noble, Exclusive Books and where all good books are sold.

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Author Recipes, Book Lovers Info

Breakfast Bowl with Perfect Imperfections

Want to join me for this amazing breakfast bowl?

Well here is the recipe for you to make your own and share your pics with me.

Ingredients

Plain yogurt

Meusli

Peanut butter

Coconut

Strawberries

Blueberries

Raspberries

Drizzle of wild blossom honey

Almonds

Cashew nuts

Method

1. Place the yogurt at the base of your bowl

2. Add in the rest of your ingredients to your desired taste and quantity

3. Sit back and enjoy

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Book Lovers Info, Writers & Authors Advice

Why not to become an Author – insider’s guide

So this may seem like a strange article to write, since I am a published Author, but the purpose is to show you the cons of writing, so that you can let those dreamy notions go BEFORE you send your work out to be published.

I am by no means discouraging you to write your dream novel. In fact, I wholeheartedly encourage it! But know why you’re doing it, and know the truth that’s out there. If you do it for the wrong reasons you will be sorely disappointed.

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  1. It’s not as glamourous as it seems

Now you might be a reader, scrolling through social media, and you see all these tweets from JK Rowling and Stephen King, and you think that if their lives are glitz and glamour that yours will be too? That’s not necessarily true. Firstly, their careers went through a long process to get where they are, and they are the elect few living that life.

 

  1. It can get lonely

Imagine all the hours you spend in your head, just you and the characters you write, in a room all day alone. No colleagues, no lunches with friends. You have deadlines to meet for your publishers, so you have to sacrifice and lock yourself away. If you don’t like your own company, and if you aren’t happy living in your own thoughts for weeks on end, then it might not be the career for you.

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  1. You probably won’t become a millionaire from it

Yes there are millionaire Authors, but think how few they are in comparison to the more than eight million books registered on Amazon. Not every Author will make millions. We all dream of it, but if that’s your only goal for writing, then you need to re-think it. Most Authors sell only a handful of books a month. That handful isn’t even enough for them to quit their day job and write full time. So if it’s not a passion, rather do something that is.

 

  1. People aren’t as supportive as you may think

Do you imagine your five hundred friends on Facebook are all going to purchase your book as soon as its release? Well think again, they won’t. Or perhaps your aunts and uncles and closest friends? Nope, not them too! For me I got the least support from the people closest to me. Yes there are those amazing few that fully supported me and still do. But they are about 1% of everyone I know. You will be amazed who won’t support you, for reasons you might never understand. If your book is great however, you have the whole of earth’s population at your fingertips!

 

  1. It’s a lot of hard work

The work begins after you are published, and not before. Unless you are published with the top three publishers in the world, you will be doing all your own branding, marketing and events. Its daily work, a daily effort to get your book out there and into people’s hands who will read it. It doesn’t just magically appear on shelf, its work all the way. Be prepared for it.

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  1. Book signings aren’t what they seem

I haven’t personally done a book signing, but I’ve chatted to other Authors who have. Some of them sit there all day with not even one person coming up to them asking for an autograph. Some only have one or two. Those photos you may see on social media can be very misleading, and with that comes feelings of rejection, because it’s your heart and soul on display.

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  1. Not everyone will love you

Yes you will get the trolls and the haters, but the hate can even be closer to home. Some people can be so miserable about your success that they will find every opportunity to dig at your work, your talent and your efforts. You need to have thick skin. Shrug off the nay sayers, and focus on the love and support you get from those priceless people you meet along the way. You will even find one publisher tell you your work is rubbish, and the next tell you that you’re amazing. Just keep applying that thick skin principle wherever needed.

 

So now that you’ve heard all the bad, get your mind into gear for what is to come, and go ahead and get that masterpiece published! I know you can do it!

 

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Book Lovers Info, Interviews

Author Interview: S.L Grigg

Today we are joined by the talented Author S.L. Grigg. Thank you so much for sharing this interview with us! Her book, Coffee Break Companion, is currently on sale for 99p, so go on and get your copy TODAY

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Q: What inspired you to write this book Coffee Break Companion?

A: I had been writing the stories for a long time before I decided to put them together as a book. I have major surgery in September 2017 and decided after that to go for one of my dreams and publish a book.

Q: Is there anything in the stories that relates to your own life?

A: Many of the stories came about whilst I was struggling with mental health problems, a lot of them feature aspects of my own experiences fictionalised. It was very therapeutic to write this way.

Q: What have been your favourite moments of being a published author?

A: The best part is when other people love your stories. Until strangers read them and love them you never truly believe that your writing is any good, and especially when people find them inspirational for their own experiences with mental health, that feels really good.

Q: What motivates you to keep writing?

A: The encouragement I have received from people has been a major factor, people asking when the next book will be out and saying they can’t wait to read more is the greatest motivation of all.

Q: How do you come up with the plots of your books?

A: Real life experiences are a main contributor, but I also think of ideas all the time because of a song I heard, a picture I saw or something I heard, I use writing prompts too, I will start by writing a 100 word short story from a prompt, but often I can see the potential for something more so will then expand it into a longer short story.

Q: Are there any characters that have felt so real to you that you feel you could keep writing about them?

A: Jess, the main character in Hide and Seek, the longer story at the end of Coffee break Companion. I think I could definitely write more about her, although that might prove a challenge given what happens in Hide and Seek…

Q: If you could choose to have an exclusive book club with three authors, dead or alive, who would you choose and what would be your ideal discussion to have with them?

A: Ooh, that’s a tough one, so many great authors to choose from. I think I’d like a book club with Max Brookes, Daniel Suarez and Andy Weir as I’d like to discuss combining hard sci-fi, digital technology and zombies in an epic space adventure!

Q: What books do you currently have on your bedside table?

A: Neil Gaiman – Norse Mythology, my current read; The Encyclopaedia of Mythology – Arthur Cotterell, for some research;

Q: Lastly, something fun that our readers might not know about you?

A: I once auditioned for the X-Factor and got through three rounds of auditions, all of which are before you get to being on TV at all, so I know a few behind the scenes secrets of the process…

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Blurb: Grab that cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer), maybe add a splash of something stronger, settle down and enjoy your break with this gripping collection of flash fiction and poetry that will send shivers down your spine. With an added bonus of a longer story at the end that will fill your lunch break. What are you waiting for? Dive in! Everything from a discovery in an Ice Cavern, to a tornado. Mermaids, and Dragons. Mystery and Horror. This collection of flash fiction and poetry has something to capture anyone’s imagination, with a final chilling thriller that will leave you gasping for air.

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Author Bio: This is the first published book by S.L. Grigg having previously written a popular blog on mental health, and having articles published by Mind, the mental health charity, and NHS England. Working for NHS England from a home in Bromsgrove, England, S.L Grigg lives with a partner and two adult children. S.L Grigg has studied everything from Science and Law, to Journalism and Pilates but writing has always been the greatest passion in S.L.Grigg’s life.

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Book Lovers Info, Book Review

Book Review : The Greek Escape by Karen Swan

I have just finished reading The Greek Escape by Karen Swan and let me tell you… It was phenomenal!

But before I get into my review, here is …

The Blurb

Before every new beginning, there must be an ending.

Running from heartbreak, Chloe Marston leaves her old life in London for a fresh start in New York. Working at a luxury concierge company, she makes other people’s lives run perfectly, even if her own has ground to a halt. But a terrible accident forces her to step into a new role, up close and personal with the company’s most esteemed and powerful clients. Charismatic Joe Lincoln is one of them and his every wish is her command, so when he asks her to find him a secluded holiday home in the Greek Islands, she sets about sourcing the perfect retreat.

But when Tom, her ex, unexpectedly shows up in Manhattan and the stability of her new life is thrown off-balance again, she jumps at the chance to help Joe inspect the holiday house; escaping to Greece will give her the time and space to decide where her future truly lies. Tom is the man she has loved for so long but he has hurt her before – can she give him another chance? And as she draws closer to Joe, does she even want to? As magnetic as he is mysterious, there’s an undeniable chemistry between them that she can’t resist.

But whatever her heart is telling her, she’s in over her head – another client’s wife has mysteriously disappeared and seriously allegations about Joe threaten more than just her happiness. Who can she trust? And will Chloe uncover the truth in time?

My Review

As you all know I am a huge fan of Karen Swans work, and have read every single book she wrote.

My Top 3 favorites after reading this book are now:

  1. Christmas at Tiffany’s
  2. The Perfect Present
  3. The Greek Escape

Let me tell you why The Greek Escape has made it into my Top 3 ….

The plot: It’s just phenomenal. I found myself trying to figure out where her brain was going with the characters, and just when I thought I had figured it out, she threw me another curve ball. I would have thought that by now, after reading all of her books, that I would be able to get inside of her head, but oh no! She has me hooked every time!

The characters: Are so rich, and so well-rounded. In this book I felt I got more of an opportunity to get to know each character so much better. I’ve found in some of her more recent books, there are one or two characters that I knew were there, but didn’t know. If that makes sense? Whereas here, I felt I knew every single one of them!

The way it made me feel: This book made me want to PAUSE! Normally I read a book and when it gets to the cliff hanger bits I just want to rush through them, turn the page and find out what happened. However with this book, I found myself closing the book and trying to figure out the mystery myself. I savoured the moment, soaked up the characters and mellowed in the memory. It was blissful!

So this is a FIVE STAR review from me, and a definite recommendation to anyone who is looking for the perfect read!

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About the Author

Karen Swan began her career in fashion journalism before giving it all up to raise her three children and a puppy, and to pursue her ambition of becoming a writer. She lives in the forest in Sussex, writing her books in a treehouse overlooking the Downs. Her books include Christmas at Tiffany’s, Summer at Tiffany’s, The Perfect Present, Christmas in the Snow, Christmas on Primrose Hill and The Paris Secret.

 

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Taryn Leigh is the Author of Perfect Imperfections, which is currently available from AmazonWaterstonesBarnes&NobleExclusive Books and where all good books are sold.