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October 2013

Count Dracula VS Edward Cullen

When it comes to literature, writers have created many different types of Vampires. They all seem to have the basic things in common as far as the premise goes: Pointy fangs and an unstoppable desire to suck the blood out of living beings, but that’s usually where the similarities stop.

 

 

Each vampire becomes his or her own individual character. A creation formed from the writer’s imagination. I have so much respect for this as a reader and a writer. It’s really amazing when you think about it.

So to honor today’s celebration of Halloween, I thought I would pick two famous vampires and show you what I’m talking about. Bram Stoker’s, Count Dracula and Stephanie Meyer’s, Edward Cullen

These two characters may have Vampirism in common, but the similarities stop there.

Count Dracula is an ANTAGONIST: A monster who feeds on human blood for his survival. Not taking into account who he hurts or kills along the way.

Edward Cullen is a PROGTAONIST: A hero who feeds on animals and does everything in his power to protect his favorite human from becoming like him.

Let’s take a look at how differently the authors described each of their vampires.

Count Dracula is described as having a strong face. A high bridge to his nose with peculiar, arched nostrils. His eyebrows were described as massive almost meeting over his nose. His mouth rather cruel-looking. With pointed teeth that protruded over his lip. He had pointy finger nails and hairs growing from his palms.

I’m pretty sure Stoker wasn’t shooting for good-looking.

Edward Cullen is described as being impossibly beautiful. Angelic. Perfect high cheek bones. Strong jaw line. Straight perfect nose. Beautiful perfect lips. Slender, yet muscular. And of course the famous: sparkles in the sunlight.  Perfect. Perfect. Perfect.

Meyer was clearly going for every girl’s high school heart-throb.

Dracula had three wives. Not a trait for the ideal alpha male.

Once Edward met Bella, she became the center of his world—his everything. Let’s say it together:  Awwww

Meyer was going for nice guy. Stoker was going for monster.  Yet both made outstanding characters.

That’s what I absolutely love about literature.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! I hope you get the trick or treat you’re looking for.

Remember to Dream Big!

Lori

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Oops I did it again: Writer Mistakes

I’ve made lots of mistakes in my life: the time I cut my bangs while my hair was wet, when I backed my car into my husband’s car in the driveway, not to mention when I was thrown out of an all-girl’s private school. But, I try not to make the same mistakes twice. So, when I began to think about what to write next, I didn’t want to make the same blunders I made last time. I’ll make entirely new blunders, but the following list I will attempt not to do again. Bad Girlz of the World, my hope is by sharing this, maybe you can side step a few writer potholes on the road to publication.
E. Michels’ Big List of Oopsies:

 

  • Multiple books in a series need to be tied together by more than characters that are friends or family. There needs to be a common theme if there isn’t a common villain. Maybe this is obvious to most of you, but in historical romance it’s an easy trap to fall into. I have a 3 book series about 3 friends, but I had to go back and add an overarching theme to sell it after book 1 was written. My solution? My ladies are all in a disguise of some fashion. So, think about your series plot points before you start and save yourself some headaches. (This is what I’m working on now.)
  • If you change someone’s age or hair color, write it down somewhere. Again, maybe this is a “Well, duh!” point to make, but I changed someone’s age and then had to surf through a whole book looking for her correct age. So, keep notes like that on file unless you want to spend a lovely afternoon on the hunt for details like I did.
  • All romances don’t have to have an epilogue. I admit, this came as a complete shock to me. I’ve read quite a few books in my genre and I have always tried to follow the recipe as I see it. But, after edits I’ve already removed one epilogue that wasn’t necessary. Do you need to show the characters a year later all happy, married and preggers for closure to the plot? If you don’t *need* it, then you don’t need it.
  • The entire motivation for the villain can’t be greed. He needs a reason for acting the way he does beyond what’s on the surface. I made this mistake and it took the greatest amount of rewrites to correct the problem. Now, I think this through, and have even gotten picky about it in books and movies. (Example: In the movie Home Alone, why are the baddies so focused on that one house? That plot would have been much better if there was a personal connection between the thieves and the parents of the kid in the house.)
  • Relax and tell the story. Half of the manuscript will be ripped apart in edits anyway, so don’t stress over the perfection of page 82. Just focus on the plot, and clean it up to the best it can be. You have a story to tell—so tell it!
  • Don’t get too attached to your manuscript’s title. Your agent will change it to send it out for submission and then your editor will change it to sell it in the editorial meeting and then they will change it again to sell it to the public. So, don’t tell your great aunt Bessie to look out for your book, Thief of Hearts, because soon it will be Outwit, then Scandal in Scarlett, then Must Love Dukes. *grins* Great Aunt Bessie will be so confused, bless her heart.
  • Remember what you write. If all of your manuscripts are small town cozy mysteries, don’t set your next story in a big city with no murders. My largest wild goose chases in writing have been when I forget what I write. I write light, funny Regency romances. My books were sold as I Love Lucy set in the Regency Era. So, every time I’ve gotten dark and tortured in my writing, I’ve had to either set the story aside or rewrite it to be cheerful. Lesson learned. I will no longer waste my time writing stories that don’t fit what I write.

 

I hope you learned something from my mistakes. And if not, you were at least entertained at my expense. What writing blunder have you made? Let’s chat about it.

~E. Michels

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Man Candy for the Weekend: Hardy Party Edition!!!

I don’t know who I was trying to kid, thinking I’d get anything accomplished today with a week long staycation staring me in the face. So, instead of doing things that take actual focus and an attention span of longer than ten minutes…LET’S HAVE A HARDY PARTY!

One of my other celeb crushes/muse inspirations is Tom Hardy. <insert wistful girly sigh here> The eyes. The lips. The muscles. The tatts. The chill disposition and wry humor that you’d never expect. And THE ACCENT! I first fell in love with THard in Star Trek: Nemesis. The movie was okay, but he kept my rapt attention. He was just so pretty! Even bald and freaky looking. After all, THard does bald and freaky looking better than anyone.

One of my favorite Hardy movies is Warrior. Soulful and tortured with daddy issues to boot, Tommy twisted my heart from the start. Strong yet vulnerable. Yes, please. I’ll take a hundred reluctant heroes just like him.thardythard

 

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This picture may or may not be the inspiration that gets me thru my current WIP

Really, I’ve loved Hardy in every movie he’s made so far. Dark Knight Rises, Inception (OMGEAMES!!!), Rock n Rolla, and yes, even This Means War. The movie itself was so-so, but made memorable by the two excellent male leads. thard4

 

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Lips. Lips. Can we talk about his lips?

 

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, BAM! That time the fangirl goddesses smiled down upon me and put Chris Pine and Tom Hardy in the same movie and made them besties.

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The role of McGovy is played here by Reese Witherspoon.

 

Finally, I’ll leave you with some THard soul. The bearded and unbearded version. And, if the great hands, forearms and lil forehead crinkles aren’t enough, I’ve thrown in some puppy love too. Enjoy!

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Time to Write!

I confess, I fall for internet click-bait all the time, especially the ones that promise easy solutions for anything that brings out that classic combination of inadequacy and guilt (exercise, anyone?). While perusing yet another article touting “easy fitness solutions,” I realized that much of this advice applies almost as well to writing—also high on my to-do list and often low on my actually-did list. So here goes, freshly cribbed from Fitness Magazine

 

10 Easy Ways to Find Time to Sneak In a Workout Some Writing

1. Turn your commute into a workout: Excercise-wise, this is a handy tip only if you are in walking/biking distance from your job…. But as a writing tip, it’s right on. If you’re driving a long commute, that’s a perfect opportunity to let your mind wander around your story. I do some of my best plotting on my commute. If you’re less squeamish about hearing your own recorded voice than I am, you can record dialog and scenes as you compose them. If you take a bus or train to work, that means you can put pen to paper, too (probably a better idea than dictating into a recorder, unless you want to give your train’s designated weirdo a run for his money). Score!

2. Set your alarm early: That one pretty much works for everything: exercise, writing, housework (maybe take it easy on the vacuum cleaner). To really make this work for writing, that extra hour has got to translate to your ass, the seat, the computer–not extra time for a pre-work blowout, gourmet breakfast, or shoe shopping. The best-laid plans and all that.

3. Sneak in a lunch break workout: Yes! This one, please! Lunchtime is an excellent opportunity for a sprint.

4. Work out at work: If you can get away with it, it’s a great opportunity to write, even if it’s just notes (no spouse/pets/kids getting in the way).

5. Take the kids with you: So you’re at home, with the kiddies. All is not lost! If baby’s asleep, or Junior’s happily in Star Wars Lego Land, get on it. Take your notebook to the park, or just to the bathroom while your little guy or girl plays in the suds.

6. Multitask on the treadmill: Plotting, plotting, plotting. As long as you’re already sweating, how about working out the details of that new love scene?

7. Make it a date: I first thought this tip wouldn’t apply, since having hubby pace in and out of a room while I’m trying to write drives me batshit, but then I remembered how many times he’s been a valuable sounding board for working out plot holes or getting a sense of plausibility (and a whole lot of other opinions and suggestions, too). Sometimes an outside opinion really helps.

8. Don’t just wait in line: This tip as it’s intended will only make you look like a nut job. Lunges and squats in line at the grocery store will get you some looks. Try that in line at the DMV and you may get arrested. But again, perfect opportunity for plotting and jotting down snippets in a notebook.

9. No more “couch potato:” Turn off the damn TV, or at least mute it and sprint during commercials. Edits are somewhat TV-friendly, too.

10. Power up your stair climbs: Okay, I got nothing here. But hey, nine out of ten aren’t bad!

 

For us, writing is as essential to our well-being as exercise is to our health. And just like exercise, writing doesn’t just happen. Lots of times we have to force ourselves to do it, and that’s no more fun than dragging your ass out on a cold morning for a run. But not doing it feels much worse, so let’s take every opportunity we can to whip our writer selves into shape! Tell me, what are your favorite times to sneak in some writing?

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Rewriting, Revising, and…Ridiculous File System Naming Conventions?

Right now, I have open on my computer a document with the filename, ‘Walk_Away_v8-4.docx’. You probably won’t be surprised to learn that the manuscript’s working title is ‘Walk Away’. But what about all that other gobbledygook?

I’m so glad you asked.

Once upon a time, I kept one file for every manuscript I was working on. Simple, elegant. No problem, right?

And then I started editing. Worse, as I became more and more sophisticated (and less naïve about the perfection of my beautiful beautiful words!), I started re-writing. Taking out whole paragraphs, scenes, hell, chapters. Maybe even the better part of the first third of a book, and then doing it over again to better capture what I was trying to say or to pursue a new direction.

Only, deleting all those words gave me hives. What if my new direction ended up being the wrong direction? What if I realized only much later that the original version was a million times better? I’d spent so much time on those words! I couldn’t just get rid of them!

And so began my completely obsessive system of keeping a million different versions of every manuscript, and numbering them to try and keep track.

Basically, every manuscript has a working title, followed by an underscore, the letter ‘v’ for ‘version’, and then two numbers separated by a dash. The first number keeps track of major revisions, such as a total re-envisioning of my hero, a new approach to a significant turning point, or a line edit of the entire manuscript. Basically, things that affect the entire story. The second number is for small changes within that larger revision. Say, punching up a single scene or realizing my previous night’s wine-fueled ramblings were less coherent than I might have hoped and maybe I should give them another shot. Things like that.

Which brings me back to the fact that I’m currently working on ‘Walk_Away_v8-4.docx’. Parse those numbers with me one more time. They mean I’m now on my eighth major iteration of this bad boy, and the fourth minor one inside of that. My folder full of saved files for this manuscript alone contains thirty-three files.

Clearly, the path to completion has not been smooth on this one.

But that’s okay. When I first considered writing a blog post on the admittedly dry-as-dust topic of version numbers and file archiving, I questioned my motivation. And my sanity. But then I decided it was something worth sharing, because these obsessive, absurd, ridiculous version number are the very thing that has saved my sanity through this bear of a manuscript.

Quite simply, I have felt free to attempt deeper, more extensive, more radical rewrites on this book in no small part because I felt completely confident that I could change my mind at any time. If I stepped back at the end and decided it had all been a waste and my first or third or seventh draft was way better, I could find that version. I could find that version within a version. It was all still there, both on my hard drive and backed up to a secure server and on a flash drive. It was all still accessible. Nothing was lost. Not even my poor, fragile, not-quite-right mind.

How do you keep your sanity when you’re doing rewrites? Does a multiple-failsafe file organization system help you sleep better at night? And what’s the worst experience you’ve ever had trying to bring an unruly story concept to life?

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Bad Girl For A Day: Chanel Cleeton

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What do you write?

I write New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers.

Pantser or Plotter?

I’m a HUGE pantser.  I’ve tried plotting and it’s just an epic fail.  I always end up deviating from my plot.

What authors are on your auto-buy/borrow list?

Ooh SO many— Katie McGarry, Christina Lauren, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Crusie, J.R. Ward, Richelle Mead, Sophie Kinsella, Julie Anne Long, Loretta Chase, Laura Griffin, Sarah MacLean, Tessa Dare, Kristen Proby… I could keep going 🙂

Fave book you had to read in high school English?

THE GREAT GATSBY.  It’s still one of my all-time favorite books.

What’s your signature drink?

I love champagne.
What movie scares the bejeezus out of you?

I haven’t seen it, but the trailer for Halle Berry’s most recent movie, THE CALL, terrified me.  Just the trailer was enough to give me a sleepless night.  I can deal with zombies, ghosts, and vampires, but I generally avoid scary movies about things that could happen in real life.

What movie makes you bawl?

I am the biggest softie with movies.  I cry at the drop of a hat.  THE BLIND SIDE is one of my favorites, but it definitely makes me cry.  UP, A WALK TO REMEMBER, and DUMBO (the mama and baby trunk locking scene kills me every time) also make me bawl.  I’m already preparing for the inevitable bawling I’m going to do when THE FAULT IN OUR STARS comes out in movie theaters.

What song do you have to dance/sing along to whenever it comes on?

Right now, GET LUCKY by Daft Punk.  I love to dance and met my husband when he asked me to dance on a cruise ship 🙂

What’s your fave pair of shoes? (Include a picture, if you have one!)

These are my wedding shoes so they have a special place in my heart.  The sparkles always make me feel like I’m wearing stardust on my feet.  They’re also surprisingly comfortable, so that’s an added bonus— and they give a 5’4 girl the extra height she needs 🙂

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Chanel Cleeton writes New Adult contemporary romances and Young Adult thrillers.  Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON…, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) on February 1, 2014, followed by a sequel, LONDON FALLING, later in the year.  An avid reader and hopeless romantic, Chanel is happiest curled up with a book.  She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband.  Chanel loves to travel and is currently living an adventure in South Korea.  Visit her on her website at www.chanelcleeton.com.

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Read all about it! Read all about it! (In a Press Release)

 

While at Moonlight and Magnolias Writer’s Conference, Jenna Patrick and I attended a workshop led by E.S. Abramson on writing press releases.  It was very informative, even if we did leave with our eyes opened to the mountains of work ahead of us on the road to publication.  After all, I don’t have a database of editors of newspapers, magazines and TV shows—do you?  Abramson stated in her workshop that she was successful with a national database of 10,000 contacts.  Already stressed like we were when we walked out of this workshop?  No worries, bad girlz of the world.  Let me break it down for you.

 

When to write a press release:

The purpose behind the press release is to bring publicity to your new release, your signing event or your career in general.  If you want to get on the local morning TV show in your city, be featured in a local magazine or newspaper or have your book signing listed in events happening this weekend, you need to write a press release.

  • 8-10 weeks out from your release date – send a book release announcement.
  • 4 weeks out from your book signing – send an event announcement.

Note: Keep in mind that if you write something that could be considered seasonal, you need to send it in advance of that season.  As an example, have you noticed how the stores are putting up their Christmas trees now?  In October?!?!  The media prepares for the seasons in the same manner.

 

How to write a press release:

  • Call in advance of sending the email to get the contact email for the editor of the publication or dig around on their website until you find it.
  • Subject line of the email: A catchy line about your book or event with your name. (Must Love Dukes: The best book ever written – E. Michels) *winks*
  • Open by listing your contact info:

Name, Title

Email address

Phone number

(Add an extra space between paragraphs throughout the email to make it easy to read.)

  • Who/When/Where:  Repeat your book title or event here along with your name. In paragraph form answer the questions of who, when and where.
  • Why: In the next paragraph sell yourself and tell people why they should care about your fabulous book.  What makes you and your book different?
  • Additional Information: In the last paragraph tell the reader any additional information you may need to relay. Do you have accolades or blurbs from other publications?  State them here.
  • Close with a link to your website where you should have a tab for the press with downloadable book cover images as well as an author pic available for them to use.  (Yeah, this is now on my “to do” list too.)  The purpose of this is to give the editor what they need to do their job without attaching anything to the email.  Just like when querying, don’t attach anything to an email unless you’re asked to do so.

This should be a short informative email, don’t turn it into a long business letter. According to Abramson, editors get quite a few of these emails and you want yours to be short and snappy.

 

Okay, now that you know how to write a press release, it’s confession time… I think 10,000 editorial contacts might be a little much for me at this point in my life.  But, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to try this method of promoting my books.  I’m sure there’s a happy level of press releasing for everyone, whether that’s sending out 10 or 10,000.  So, I’m planning on gathering some information from local publications in my area and sending out my press releases.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

Will you be sending out press releases for your next book?  Let’s chat about it.

~ E. Michels.

@southerntart

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Must Shares from M&M

As Elizabeth Michels mentioned in her post last week, we had the opportunity to attend the fabulous Moonlight & Magnolias conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  This was my third year attending this event, and I cannot echo E. Michels advice enough on this one; if you haven’t been and you can afford to go…GO!  The networking is invaluable, there are workshops for every stage of your career, and let’s not forget the dancing!

Each year, I usually find one or two things during the conference that I must share.  It could be anything – inappropriate pitch room behavior, writer life epiphanies, manuscript breakthroughs, anything!  This year, my must shares are both craft related, and both came from Deb Dixon’s fantastical Goal, Motivation, & Conflict workshop.  Again – if you have never gone to this and can in any way find the means to…DO IT!  You won’t be sorry!

Must Share #1

In its most basic, simplistic form, GMC boils down into one simple statement:

My character wants __________ because ___________, but ____________.

So, you’re probably saying right now, “Uh…Duh, Jenna!  Everybody knows that!”  And I did, I promise.  But with all the other elements we must weave into our stories, it’s pretty easy to lose sight of this sometimes.  So before you begin, jot this down.  Keep it handy.  Tape it to the top of your laptop.  And whenever you get lost in your scenes, read this and maybe you can find your way back out.

Oh….and don’t forget that each one of those blanks has both external and internal answers that need to be addressed.  It’s not enough to say, “My character wants a cheeseburger because she’s hungry, but McDonald’s is closed.”

 

Must Share #2 

“Find the line your character won’t cross, and then ask them to cross that line.” – Deb Dixon

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this line.  I mean, who wants to root for a protagonist that gets off easy?  It has to be hard, otherwise there’s no story.  But remember that both the line and the action to get across the line have to be believable.  A guy who’s severely claustrophobic isn’t going to go inside a cave to look for a ten dollar bill, but he would go inside to find his missing ten year old daughter.

Think about this when you’re building your characters.  What is your characters limit and why?  What would it take to make them go beyond it?  How can you build a character arc that will give them the tools to rise to the occasion when the time comes?

 

So, there you have it.  A lot of you may be like me and already do a lot of this without thinking about it.  But it never hurts to know you’re on the right track – and know where to start looking when you derail!

Did you go to M&M?  What were your Must Shares?

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Do You Find Your Story, or Does Your Story Find You?

People ask me all the time where I find the ideas for my books. I wish there was a simple answer, but it’s really not. You see, I don’t always find the story, sometimes the story finds me.

For example:

Every fall, I meet some friends on a girl’s weekend in Williamsburg, Virginia. It’s a time for shopping, drinking, and tons of laughing, although it never fails to turn into something more for this writer.There’s

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truly something mystical about this town that transports me into the past and enthralls me with its historical magic.  Maybe it’s the tremendous strides Williamsburg puts into portraying the authenticity  of the 18th century or even something as simple as the relaxing sound of my boots beating against the cobblestone path as I walk. I’m not sure what it is, but it’s something.

At night, you won’t find a porch light or a street lamp in the colonial section, only baskets of burning logs hanging from cast iron rods or lanterns strategically placed upon the steps of every tavern. The employees are dressed from head to toe in costume and speak with an old English dialogue that’s quite charming.

If you dine in a tavern, the room will be illuminated by candlelight alone and the food will be authentic fare of the period. There’s always someone willing to share the captivating, yet spine-tingling  legends and ghost stories that comes along with it.

Now this is when it turns into something other than a girl’s weekend for me and maybe a bit creepy for you. You’ve heard the famous movie line, “I see dead people.”  Well, while I walk around Colonial Williamsburg, “I see characters to future books.” I admit it. I have imaginary characters that follow me around and beg me to write their stories.

One of the characters is a young gentleman who dashes in and out taunting me with his good looks as he pleads for me to tell his story— “I’m funny. I’m entertaining, and trust me My Lady; I do have a story to tell.” His story will definitely be a Romantic Comedy.

One character came to me after hearing the legend of a woman who pushed her older sister down a flight of stairs to her death, so she could slide right into her place and into her brother-in-laws bed. It’s rumored she showed up at the Governor’s ball on the arm of her sister’s husband, just days after her sister’s burial.  Since hearing that tale, she comes to me too, looking all prim and proper with a youthful innocence, when I know very well she’s a murderous tramp. Her story will be Family Drama with a huge side of Mystery.

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There’s one house that’s believed to be cursed due to the large number of children who lost their lives in unfortunate circumstances on the property. The causes were varied, from falling out of trees, being burned in blazing fires, sicknesses and even a kidnapping. The house is painted an ugly red that I believe symbolizes the bleeding hearts of the Mothers who lost their beloved children.

There’s a female character that walks along with me as I pass this house. She’s clothed in a black gown, and her hair is pulled in a tight bun on the nape of her neck. The lines across her face far surpass her true age, and I can’t bear to look into the sadness that radiates from her eyes. She has a story to tell also, but her tale, I’m afraid, is too sad for me to write. Her story will surely be a Tragedy.

I’ve told you before, there’s a fine line between writer and crazy. So like I said in the beginning, I don’t always find the stories, sometimes the stories find me.

So did I hit it out of the loony-bin park, or do you also have characters and stories that come and find you?

Remember to Dream Big!

Lori

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A Conference Vacation

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name…and sometimes you don’t.
(Yes, I totally sang that as I wrote it. *grins*)

I spent this past weekend at Georgia Romance Writers’ Moonlight and Magnolias Conference. This was my third time attending this conference, and if you haven’t been before, I recommend it. It’s a great conference with workshops, a book signing, agent and editor pitch appointments and a semi-formal awards ceremony with dancing. It’s a rocking regional conference and normally the Bad Girlz rock the fashions while there.

This trip, however, Jenna P and I decided to be “Low key.” Were there still sparkly necklaces that matched our outfits? Well, yeah. We were low key—not dead. But, we wore flat shoes and studious looks on our faces as we attended workshops. We waited until at least 2pm before we went to the hotel bar, and we’re pretty sure we were *not* the reason security was called to break up the Maggies after party.

Why the sudden change to our standard conference protocol? We needed a writer vacation.

I can’t speak for Jenna P here, although I’m sure she’ll speak the truth in the comments section, but I needed a break. I’ve spent the past year on a deadline, pushing to get 2 books written and edited. Then, the day my vacation began, I dove straight into a renovation project on my new house so that I could have a roof over my head. After a month of moving boxes, painting, and in general doing all the things that make you say, “Wow! I really need a manicure.” I was done. My house? Not so done. But, I needed to walk away, and not while wearing 6” heels.

What’s the point of this story? Sometimes you need to step away, take a break.

Whether you’re staring at blank paper, unsure which project to start next, or just worn down by real life, sometimes it’s best to take a guilt-free vacation. I attended a workshop by the awesome Tanya Michaels last year where she talked about feeding your muse. Before Moonlight and Magnolias this year, my muse was buried under piles of moving boxes. But, after soaking up the fabulous writer vibes that can only be found at a writers’ conference, now I’m excited to start my next book!  My muse has been fed!

So next time you’re stuck, try feeding your muse. I recommend a “Low key” trip to a writers’ conference like M&M. But if that’s not possible, try reading a book, going to a movie, or meeting a writer friend for coffee—trust me it helps! Sometimes writing is just as much about perspective as it is words in a story. Go write something…or don’t. But, whatever you do, live it, own it and enjoy!

Do you need a writer vacation? Where would you go?  I’d love to hear from you.

~ E. Michels

@southerntart on Twitter

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