MEET THE AUTHOR BILLIE DADDARIO

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers?

My name is Joseph I’m a widower with a five-year-old. Billie Daddario is quite imaginative and has really put me through the wringer as a character in her story. She introduces me to the person I want to grow old with. The person I want to raise my child with, but of course, she can’t let me realize that right off the bat.

Billie writes it so that I do something rash and go drinking with the least stable person in the county. The result is that when I come to my senses and reject her. She doesn’t take it well and she ends up doing horrible things to the woman I love.

Billie is a good person though; she gave me the happiest ending.

  • Without giving us spoilers introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

My latest novel is The Cowboy’s Secondhand Heart. It goes live on September 6th. It’s a beautiful story about redemption and how important it is to be redeemed. Our hero is redeemed and our antagonist has never had redemption.

The book is also a romance so eventually, the Hero and Heroine fall in love after they earn it. Their lives are complicated so they overcome they rise to the occasion.

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

The main character in this book is Joseph and seeing the love unfold from the making perspective is wonderful. He has a steadfastness that takes a minute to develop but once it does it’s beautiful.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?
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You need to know about Heather. Heather is our Antagonist. She is a very disturbed individual who may have gotten away with murder in the past and maybe plotting it again.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

My stories more or less just fall onto the page one word after the other. I do a character sketch and decide what I want to happen generally and then I just start to write and it comes to me the words just fall onto the laptop. Usually, the bool I am working on now does not work like that.

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  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

My writing plan for this book was to put my butt in the chair and write. I had very few distractions It was my third book and I loved writing so there was no drudgery in it. It took me about a month to get the first draft done. I don’t plot ahead of time. I just write.

  • How do you handle writers’ block?

I didn’t suffer from writer’s block while writing The Cowboy’s Secondhand Heart, but I did suffer from writers’ block while writing my next book. I got out of the habit of writing every day and I just struggle with it now. But the answer is to sit down and start writing and what you need will come to you.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

I believe in rituals to get you ready to do things that are special and I believe that writing is incredibly special. So, you think I would have rituals that are mystical or special. But No. I don’t have a particularly special ritual I wake up take the dog out, watch the local news,  drink a cup of coffee, and then I turn on some bosa nova jazz and become a writer.

I take care of writer business and then I write.

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  • What is your writing snack?

I like M&Ms

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing I watch TV I watch a broad spectrum of weird stuff. I’m hooked on Time Team and the Murdoch Mysteries and I am a sucker for old movies.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

I love summer and late spring when it’s warm and the flowers in the garden are all in bloom before it gets too hot.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

I like romance novels but I’m a snob I like the classic old romance novels I love Jane Eyre and Sense and Sensibility. But I hated Wuthering Heights I thought Heath Cliff should have been pushed down the stairs. He had no redeemable qualities.

  • Do you have a writer’s mission statement? What is it?

My mission statement is to take my readers somewhere they haven’t been before and make them care about the characters and give them a happy ending eventually.

  • What do listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

I listen to Bosa Nova Jazz with no words. I don’t know that it puts me in the mood for writing a specific book but like Pavlov’s dog, I hear the music and know it’s time to write. I do have Spotify music lists for each couple giving me something to listen to when I edit.

JUNE QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What is your favorite vacation and why?

As a child we took family vacations to California to visit relatives we drove cross country from Colorado to California. I loved those trips to see my cousins and my aunt and uncle. Sometimes we would drive straight through I remember staying up all night talking with my father coming over the hill and seeing Las Vegas at night all the lights and the heat even at night. I remember one year we had three flat tires. Coming from Green River to Bakers Field. Then when we would get to my aunt and uncle’s house it would be loud and there would be so many hugs. I remember the hugs and the conversation going in every direction. My Aunt would hold conversations with four people at the same time and not skip a beat and not ignore anyone she made everyone feel special. I would give anything for one more road trip with my dad to see my aunt.


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MEET THE AUTHOR  Shelley Munro

  • Have the main character of your last novel introduce you to our readers.

Hi, and thanks for interviewing Shelley. My name is Isabella Mitchell, former assassin, now Leo’s wife and Kian’s mother. I first met Shelley in My Peeping Tom, part of the Middlemarch Shifters series, and she wrote about my meeting Leo in My Assassin. More recently, Shelley decided Leo and I had another story in My Precious Gift. That’s how we ended up with an adopted son. Shelley lives in New Zealand and writes paranormal and contemporary romances full of steam, adventure, and humor. She also likes to include an odd body or two. The bodies were present in our two stories!

  • Without giving us spoilers, introduce your latest and greatest novel or work in progress and let us know which it is and if it’s a WIP let us know when it goes live.

This year, I’ve started writing a spin-off series to one of my popular paranormal series—Middlemarch Shifters. The first book in the new Middlemarch Gathering series features Rory, a Scottish werewolf, and Anita, a feline shifter from Middlemarch, New Zealand. My Highland Mate features the rejected mate trope. Here’s a portion of the blurb: Introducing the first romance in a Middlemarch Shifters spin-off series. A stubborn werewolf and an irked leopard shifter dance around their feelings at a special gathering to find fated mates. Forbidden love and second chances bring suspense and danger, and the handsome and oh, so sexy wolf faces up to the truth about his headstrong feline lover.

My Highland Mate is currently available for pre-order and is live on 14 July 2022. https://books2read.com/myhighlandmate

  • What do you like best about your main character in your latest and greatest or WIP from above?

I admire my heroine’s strength and determination to move forward despite setbacks and live her life as she chooses. The hero is equally determined, which is part of the reason they butt heads so often.

  • Tell us a little about one of your side characters from your latest and greatest or WIP?

The villain in this romance tries hard to break up the hero and heroine, and they appear blinkered about the situation and what they wish to achieve. The truth is their past has fed a great deal of their rage and pain, leading to decisions that are not the best.

  • How did you come up with your idea for the above story?

Last year, I decided to write a Christmas story set within my Middlemarch Shifters series. I enjoyed writing that and wondered how I could extend the series. The obvious solution was a spin-off, which gives readers a new entry point into my Middlemarch world. I decided to go with a fated mates trope and base the entire six-book series at a gathering for shifters who require a mate.

  • What was your writing plan for this book or WIP?

Over the New Year holiday, I planned my six books and jumped into writing. I’m about to start writing the third book in the series.

  • How do you handle writer’s block?

I don’t believe in writer’s block. If I have trouble writing, it is because I’m trying to take my characters in the wrong direction or I haven’t thought enough about a scene. Typically a brisk walk will help, or I do some of my best thinking in the shower! Once I rethink what I’m writing or my character’s motivation, the words usually flow again.

  • Do you have a secret writing ritual and what is it?

Not really. I look upon writing as my job, and once I start each day, I’m at work. I use 4TheWords to write my first draft. ( https://4thewords.com/) This site gamifies writing, and I battle monsters as I write. This keeps me honest, and I pound out my words every day.

  • What is your writing snack?

No writing snacks for me, although I do have a coffee or two to keep me alert.

  • What do you do when you’re not writing?

Because writing involves so much sitting around, I prefer to be active during my non-writing time. We have a dog, so I do lots of walking. Sometimes, I’ll run or cycle when I’m in the mood. I do line dancing once a week and water aerobics, and I recently started playing croquet. I’m also on the social committee of the village where we live and spend a lot of time organizing functions, selling raffle tickets, and working on the bar. Oh, and I love reading, so I fit in a book or an audiobook as time allows.

  • What is your favorite season and why?

It’s autumn here in New Zealand, and at present, we’re having warm and sunny days. It gets cooler at night, so it is perfect for sleeping. I love this time of year.

  • What is your favorite genre to read and what do you like about it?

My e-reader is full of contemporary, sci-fi, historical, and paranormal romances. I also enjoy urban fantasy, mysteries, and thrillers. I’ve always adored paranormal romance, but I get bored reading the same thing all the time. I’m an equal opportunity reader.

  • Do you have a writer mission statement? What is it?

Not a mission statement, but I have a quote by Maya Angelou, which speaks to me. It is, “Nothing will work unless you do.”

  • What do you spend your music so you listen to when you write? How does it help to put you in the mood?

 I go through phases, and at present, I listen to ocean waves or flowing rivers. During the winter, I’ve been listening to crackling fires. White noise seems to work for me at present, and it’s a kind of a ritual, I guess. I put on a Youtube video and start work.

APRIL QUESTION OF THE MONTH

What is your favorite silver lining moment? ie bad situation that turned out great.

I can tell you about a recent silver lining moment. We had a village social last night. Because of Covid and a four-month-long lockdown at the end of last year, many functions had to be canceled. As I canceled each band, I rebooked them for this year. There was a misunderstanding with the band for last night, and thankfully, I’ve started checking in with each act a few days in advance. Luckily, I did because the group thought we’d canceled and couldn’t come. Cue panic on my part! I had 100 plus people attending with no band. I tried a possible replacement, but they were busy. Before I started on my list of alternatives, the original band rang me and told me they’d canceled their commitments and were coming after all. “Great,” I said, but I didn’t relax until the band arrived and started setting up to play. I had visions of the 100 attendees taking their anger out on me! Luckily, that didn’t happen, and it turned out to be a fantastic night. The band was brilliant, and everyone enjoyed the night.

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Meet the author Tina Newcomb

Introducing Tina Newcomb some of you may already know her clean romances and small towns. Her latest small town is Eden Falls. Today we are going to meet the writer herself and see what kind of quirky answers she has for us.

  1. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? I have to have the TV on as background noise – usually a movie I’ve seen so I don’t have to watch. My favorites are Jaws, Twister, Poltergeist…
  2. How old were you when you wrote your first book? I was in the fourth grade, so around nine. It was about a girl named Toby who was involved an iron door mystery.
  3. What do you think makes a good story? Compelling characters make a good story to me. If you don’t fall in love with the characters, why care about what is happening in the story?

4. Are you a plotter or a pantser? I would love to be a plotter, but nope! I pants it the whole way. Have you ever tried to write the opposite? Yes. What happened? I’ve tried many times to plot out a story and my mind goes blank.

5. Can you name authors who have had a big influence on you? LaVyrle Spencer because she put you in the scene and Debbie Macomber because she made you fall in love with her characters.

6. Among your friends what are you most known for? I have no idea.

7. What are some obscure things that you are really into? Ha! Horror movies obviously.

8. What would your perfect morning be like? To get a diet coke, a Ghirardelli caramel square (it has to be frozen), and write all morning with NO distractions.

9. What’s your favorite app on your phone and why? Redecor. In my next life, I want to be an interior designer.

10. What household chore is just the worst and why? Cleaning toilets because I have four boys and two grandsons.

11. What’s special about writing small-town romances? I love to describe the closeness of the characters and how a secret doesn’t stay a secret for long. A scandal creates more waves in a small pond than in a large lake.

12. How do you come up with such fun and quirky side characters? My quirkiest character is Rita Reynolds. She’s a tiny woman who squawks and flaps her arms like a bird. When she gets pulled over for speeding, she sniffs the air and accuses the police officer of drinking on the job. And I have no idea where the idea for Rita came from.

13. Your towns are fictional are they based on real towns can you tell us what the real town is? I based Eden Falls on Cashmere, Washington—Google Maps is genius! I wrote six books before I ever visited Cashmere, and I did take liberties with the layout of the town because it is FICTION.

14. Eden Falls is a fairly long series was it hard to keep the series going? No. I still have characters that want their story told. Did you plot all the books at once? No. Book 1 (Finding Eden) started out as the story of four friends. A developmental editor suggested I break it into individual books and from there the series grew. How much plotting did you do at the beginning? None.

15. Which Eden Falls book is your favorite? I think my favorite is The Angel of Eden Falls. I love marriage of convenience stories. But I also love Finding Eden because it was the first book I ever put out into the world.

Special November Question

16.        Do you have yams or sweet potatoes at your house for Thanksgiving dinner? Doesn’t matter as long as it has butter, salt, and pepper!

What To Do While Your Writing Goals Come True

Setting goals makes me feel better than a therapist and three bottles of antidepressants ever could. I mean literally and scientifically. Setting goals makes us feel positive about the future it’s important for our happiness.

Goals are a way we can turn our values and dreams into reality. Happiness doesn’t just happen it comes from thinking, planning, and pursuing things that are important to us. Research shows that setting goals can contribute to happiness in various ways

  • Being a source of interest, engagement, or pleasure
  • Giving us a sense of purpose
  • Bringing a sense of accomplishment

Goals help focus our attention.

Goals are most successful when they’re something we want to achieve and when we set for ourselves.

When I set goals, I allow myself to dream big. I visualize myself accomplishing my biggest dreams, and then I put my idea to work. So as I wait for the Big dream goals to come true here are some things you can do to make the time go by faster and keep yourself engaged in your dream.

  1. Make a plan with a clear sequence of steps. Writing goals do not come true overnight and will remain unfulfilled until you make a plan to fulfill that dream.
  2. Identify helpful resources and systems. One of the easiest ways to begin fulfilling your dream is finding reaching out to support systems and resources like professional organizations that you might consider of which you might consider becoming a member.
  3. Set a timeline to review your goals progress. There is no set-in-stone deadline for checking in with yourself or how you choose to check in. But I do suggest early and often rather than late and rarely that way you can make adjustments as needed. If you are writing a novel you may want to check your word count daily but editorial page count weekly. If your goal is to grow your blog you may want to check that quarterly.
  4. Establish a system of evaluation. You need a system to evaluate your self will you check in with a friend or mentor? Will you just look at your statistics and see where things are? Whichever you choose just remember celebrating with a friend makes the victory twice as sweet.
  5. Be active in the writing community. Being active in the writing community can mean any number of things. It should include belonging to one of any number of professional writing associations. It can also include attending write-ins and critique groups.
  6. Celebrate progress and accomplishments. Big dreams are made of small accomplishments and we need to celebrate those small victories when they happen. Otherwise, it could be a long slog to your dream.
  7. Reevaluate and set new writing goals. You can have more than one writing goal. While you wait to make the New York Times Best Seller List have another goal being published in the New Yorker.

So What’s your BIG Dream share it with us in the comment box below. Research shows that writing down your goals makes them 42% more likely to take hold and sharing them with others gives that an even greater boost. so imagine what would happen if we all just shared our big dreams today. If you like this content please consider joining my newsletter and receive a monthly newsletter with more of me and for a limited time a free novella.

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The Ellipses Your Friend

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What’s an ellipsis and how do you use it. The ellipsis are a series of dots in writing set together  ( . . . ) (. . . .) in a set of three or four.

They are used when omitting a word, phrase, or more from a quoted passage. Ellipses save space or remove less relevant material. They are useful in getting right to the point, delay or distraction.

Ellipses can also be used to express hesitation, mood changes, suspense to thoughts trailing off. Writers also use ellipses to indicate a pause or wavering in an otherwise straightforward sentence.

Although ellipses are used in many ways the three-dot method is the simplest. Newspapers, Magazines, books of fiction, and non-fiction use various approaches that they find suitable.

Some writers and editors feel that no spaces are needed.

         The quick. . .brown fox.

A commonly used method I like is to enclose the ellipse with a space. on each side.

         The quick . . . brown fox.

A four-dot method may be used  to indicate the period at the end of the sentence, then the ellipses to indicate omitted material

         The quick brown fox jumped. . . .

Now you know those dots at the end of a sentence in your mystery novel or your favorite poem are thoughtfully and purposefully put there. With reason. You too can use ellipses with forethought and reason to help move the mood in your novel.

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Hello Hyphen

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Hello- Hyphen. Did you know there are rules for using the beloved hyphen? It can do more than just splitting words. The hyphen is a heavy lifter in the punctuation storehouse. Let’s see what all the hyphens can do.

  1. A hyphen can join two or more words serving as a single adjective before a noun.
  2. Use a hyphen with a compound number.
  3. Use a hyphen to avoid confusion or awkward letters.

     Re-sign   vs resign

  • Use a hyphen with prefixes ex-, self-, all-, with the suffix elect between a prefix and a capitalized word with figures and letters.
  • Use a hyphen to divide words at the end of lines if necessary, and make the only between syllables.
  • For line breaks, divide already hyphenated words at the hyphen.
  • For line breaks with ing, if a single final consonant n the rest of the word is doubled before the suffix hyphenate between the consonants otherwise, hyphenate at the suffix itself.
  • Never put the first letter of a word at the end of a or the beginning of a line and don’t put two-letter suffixes at the beginning of a new line.

This is not a particularly often used punctuation mark, but it deserves its day in the sun. If you found this article helpful and enjoyed it and would like to see more sign up for my monthly newsletter. and receive for a limited time a short story.

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Ten New Ideas For Writers To Write About

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 When I started my new Romance series I needed to come up with seven new romance ideas. I researched tropes and came up with seven ideas that way. Of course my ideas will change as I write each book. But I have a starting point for each book. The first book was a simple girl meets a boy who has the complication love interest that is a single parent. I’ve added a subplot about a small-town bad girl who gets her feelings hurt and seeks revenge by kidnapping the love interest and the daughter. This is a pretty good story. It’s like nothing that I’ve ever read in the Cowboy genre before. I started with something pretty generic and as I wrote the story became more unique.

   Here are ten ideas to get you started if you don’t have any idea at all, what to write your next book or article about.

  1. Write about what pisses you off most. Think about the things that set your hair on fire and write a book about those things.
  2. Do something remarkable then write about it. The hard part here is doing the remarkable thing.
  3. Start a blog and write chapters one post at a time. For example, in a cooking blog, each blog could be one recipe and then in a year, you have a book.
  4. Create a podcast and then write a book about what you’ve learned from your podcast. If you interviewed lawyers about social justice once a week for a year at the end of a year you could write a book about what you learned from your Social Justice podcast or What you learned from your lawyer podcast.
  5. Ask your friends what they like reading most, and write something for them. If your friends are into a love triangle between humans and extraterrestrial vampires and werewolves then write them a book like that but give it a new twist.
  6. Jot down everything that makes you laugh for a week and write a story about that.
  7. Write about what makes you laugh hardest.
  8. Write about the most upsetting experience you’ve ever had.
  9. Write about the person who’s had the most impact on your life.
  10. Take photographs of your city and write about that.

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   Some of these ideas will give you enough to write a book others you will have to carefully choose your angle to have enough shareable information to write a book. For those of you who would consider writing a magazine article, blog post, or other publishable work this is an easy list for you to dig into and write to your heart’s content. To always have something to write keep a notebook of your ideas as they come to you. Always be prepared to have an article or book idea ready you never know when a writing opportunity may present itself.

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How To Get in The Flow

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Flow State AKA the Zone mental state in which a person performing some tasks is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity, in essence, flow is characterized by the complete absorption in what you do and a resulting transformation in your senses of time. As a person who has found herself in a flow state on several occasions as a painter and as a writer it is a wonderful feeling. The question is how can you achieve such a state. I have twelve great ideas to get you started;

  1. Set a writing block. Block out time on your calendar to write. Keep the appointment with yourself as sacred time.
  2. Create accountability by telling others you are going to write. Tell a friend that you will give $50 to charity if you don’t keep your writing time.
  3. Clear distractions by unplugging your router and turning off your phone.
  4. Start with a free writing session to get the writing flowing and you ready to write.
  5. Get regular exercise it will help you settle down when it’s time to write the nervous energy will have worked its way out and you will be settled and ready to write.
  6. Plan ahead get your notes and research done before you sit down at the computer so you are ready to write when it’s writing time. Use the time when you are doing housework or driving to think about a plot or structure.
  7. Try the Pomodoro method write for fifteen minutes and take a five-minute break and do this 4 times and then increase the time you work by five minutes.
  8. Get the soundtrack you need to help you write listening to music can help you get in the mood to write listening to the same music every time you write can train your brain to recognize that it’s time to write.
  9. Make sure you give yourself enough time to write and get in the zone. It could be frustrating if you just reach the zone and it’s time to stop.
  10. Give yourself deadlines to finish your work. This will make it necessary to work diligently on your projects.
  11. Create a habit. Working on the same day at the same time is another way to train your brain to expect this is work time.
  12. Virginia Woolf said it best when she said you need a room of one’s own. If you don’t have space for a whole room, try and get a corner of your own. You do need a space that is yours to work in.

Being in the zone is a wonderful place to be, but it is not easy to get there. It might take some practice so if at first you don’t succeed try again and each time will get easier. That’s a guarantee from a frequent zone pro.

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Freewriting It’s For Novelists Too

Free Writing is the practice of writing within a prescribed structure. Which means no outline, no note cards, no notes., or editorial oversite. In freewriting, the writer follows the impulses of their own mind, allowing thoughts and inspiration to appear to them without premeditation.

Freewriting was started by Dorthea Brande in 1934 in her book “Becoming A Writer.” Peter Elbow also gave Freewriting a push in 1973 in his book “Writing Without Teachers.” Most recently Julia Cameron which I have mentioned before popularized in her book “The Artists Way.”

 I first became familiar with the concept of freewriting in my first writing class in college a lifetime and a half ago. I had a professor who in her writing class had us free write at the beginning of every class. The result was a loosening of the writing wheels and confidence to write that I probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. Here is what she would have us do: she would have us write for the first five minutes of every class. There is sometimes an assigned topic I think I don’t remember anymore I think there was an assigned topic because I remember I wrote things that were too personal. I never would have written them without her prompt. But once the clock began,began, you couldn’t stop for any reason you had to keep writing. She would collect the papers not to grade them, but to make sure we were making progress. That we were opening our thought processes and our creativity was beginning to flow. That was 1996. I’m sure my professor was influenced by Julia Cameron I know I was.

I had no idea that Freewriting first of all was formally a movement and second was formally anything at all. I thought it was just something my mother did every morning at 4:30 AM and that I tried, but swear I don’t have time for. But to know that it goes back as far as 1934. It makes me wonder how much science is behind the art of freewriting.

The technique is simple enough and cheap by anybody’s standards. You just write and keep writing for a predetermined amount of time. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. You can, if you are so disposed, edit or read it looking for glints of your psyche or your next novel, or you can just put it in a drawer and never look at it again.

Writers use this as a way of collecting their thoughts and ideas on a topic. By writing on a topic and then going back and looking over their writing, looking for the gems in what they have written and using that as fodder for the next stage of freewriting. This freewriting and going back again and freewriting process yields good ideas when the ideas stop, then the free writing stops. You may have information on many aspects of the same topic that will melt together to make an incredible piece of one writing effort.

Like any skill set, the abilities required for effective freewriting will increase with practice. The first time you attempt to freewrite, you may end up with some unusable material. But with writing practice and a little healthy self-criticism, you can use your early freewriting practice to refine your technique.

There are fifteen emotional advantages to freewriting:

  1. Reduces expectation of perfection
  2. Provides unimpeded release of thoughts and emotions
  3. Brings out emotional blocks and emotional barriers to success
  4. Helps develop good healthy habits
  5. Builds self-confidence
  6. Offers blank slate for 100% honesty
  7. Provides practice in releasing self-judgment and judgment of others
  8. Increases creativity and inspiration
  9. Uncovers thoughts and ideas you never knew you had
  10. Assists in sorting through difficult situations
  11. Acts as a forum to be truly authentically you
  12. Allows you to be more present in your day-to-day interactions
  13. Fosters a greater sense of clarity and focus
  14. Changes your perspective on challenging situations
  15. Increases awareness of patterns and themes in your life

There are also three writing advantages to freewriting:

  1. Creative expression. Many writers use freewriting as a way to find unexpected inspiration.
  2. To heal writer’s block. Writers who feel in a style rut, or even those who actively experience writer’s block may benefit from a freewriting exercise as part of their formal writing process.
  3. Speed. Freewriting is typically faster than other types of drafting or outlining because you are simply writing without a strict form and without organizing your thoughts.

How to Freewrite

  1. Just write. When it comes to freewriting first drafts are repositories for ideas, however vague
  2. Gather topics beforehand to avoid using outlines. Freewriting doesn’t mean that you don’t have an idea about your topic or story.
  3. Time yourself. If you are experiencing writer’s block commit to getting something on the page in the first sixty seconds.
  4. Combine freewriting with traditional outlines or notes. Start a project with a considerable freewriting session. Use that information as formal notes or as a topic for more freewriting.
  5. Bring ideas to your freewriting sessions the most effective writing has thematic and narrative consistencies and starting with a germ of an idea may help you bring it all together.

I did my first freewriting in about twenty-five years. I had forgotten how beneficial it is I had forgotten the advantages of learning what you know about a subject before you start your research and then threading it all together. It’s been a long time since eng101. I’ll be adding free writing to my writing practice.

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