Picture this: you have fought and clawed to have the time to yourself so that you can write. You're in that perfect mindset, and as your word processing program of choice boots, you're soft-tapping the keyboard in anticipation because your fingers are just that ready to get working. I've been there. You've been there. And then... you write. The words start pouring out as fast as your typing can keep up with them, and you're on an absolute roll. Your dialogue is beautiful, your characters are full of life, and the scene is singing on key ... until disaster strikes. Your main character is so moved by something that a simple sigh or smile won't do, or their friend does something which hints that there may be more to them than you planned ... and you don't quite know what it could be. Even worse? They round a corner or open a door, and that setting that's laid out so precisely in your mind won't fit on the page in the way you want it to: you're at a loss for that perfect descriptor.
So what do you do? Sometimes, you just write the bland thing and leave it for later. Other times, the yen for The Right Phrase is so strong that there's nothing for it. You turn to your stacks of writing books, your thesaurus, your idea notebook ... or, heaven forbid, Google and the vast siren song of the open internet. Before you know it, you're looking at pages that have nothing to do with what you needed, getting other ideas: that creative mind that was in such joyous overdrive is burning its fuel on side roads instead of cruising down the glorious scenic byway of your project,
With that in mind ... I have a task ahead of me for this week, and I am SO excited about it that I can't just wait until my next blog post for you to hear about it. Two authors I've been following for a couple of years now, Angela Ackerman and Becca Pugilisi, have taken the fruits of their Writers Helping Writers site and brought them all together into a website called One Stop For Writers. It just launched yesterday, and yours truly has a free month's worth of complete access in exchange for an honest review.
This comes at a perfect time: I'm finalizing my outline and character sketches for my third novel, so I have things I actively need to research, and plenty of opportunities to test the vast reaches of the site. I took a cursory glimpse at it yesterday when I registered and used my free coupon, and I'm already psyched up to dive deeper! There is such a wealth of information in this site, and I have a feeling that a quick ten-minute browse wasn't even beginning to do it justice. I look forward to coming back next week and sharing everything I've found out with you!
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