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Monday, July 30, 2012

A Jumpstart & A Giftcard GIVEAWAY with Kristina Knight...

3 Ways to Jumpstart Your Book
Even before my first book hit cyber shelves in June I'veheard this question – heck, I've even asked it a couple million times – but it goes something like this: what do you do when you can't write?
There are times when we can't or don't want to write. Ithappens to everyone. Call it writer's block if you want (I don't, I firmly believe 'writer's block' is an excuse that enables us to put off difficult work), but we all have moments when writing is like pulling teeth without thenovacaine. I've followed the advice of prolific authors, some of it worked forme and some didn't, but here are three things that do work for me. I hope they help you.

1) Change the scenery. By that I mean change your scenery. Go for a walk (or twenty), and take in Mother Nature's beauty. Take along you're camera if you want but no electronics. No iPod, no notebooks – not even the paper kind. Get away from the computer for an hour or two.
2) Change the book. Free write a scene from anywhere in the book, flip the POV character in a scene or change the goal of a scene. And while you're doing it, switch the narrator voice – set the character free by allowing a little 1st person POV. Yes, you'll have to edit it back to 3rd if the scene works, but isn't a little editing worth a breakthrough in the book?
3) Do something else creative.Get out of your writer box, but don't just take a walk. Flex those creative muscle by trying a challenging dinner recipe, put those summer vacation pics into the scrapbook -- you know it's been ages since you were gone! Whatever you do,try to engage a different part of your creative mind. Your conscious mind will be focused on the task at hand, but your subconscious can still think about that problem. Every time I'm really stuck, I do this…and it works every time!
** Excerpt: What a Texas Girl Wants:
I found my pants. You can come out now." No sound from inside the cabana. This was getting ridiculous. She wasn't an eighteen-year-old virgin any longer; she had to have seen a naked man once or twice. "Look, why don't I just slip inside and call a cab?"
"That would probably be best,"she said through the door. So she wasn't coming out. He leaned a shoulder against the doorjamb and knocked again, curiously reluctant to leave. Which had to be the stupidest move he had made thus far.
Being drunk enough not to notice a wedding ring was one thing, hanging around the married lady after finding out about the husband was quite another. Not that he had seen any evidence of a husband. This made the whole morning even more surreal.
Kathleen hadn't said anything about him, come to think of it. She didn't seem in a hurry to get rid of him, or curious about where said husband was. What was that about?
"What?" She sounded annoyed.
Jackson grinned. He wanted to ask about the ring, her husband, how they wound up naked on the beach this morning. He didn't ask any of these things, however, settling instead for, "Where's the nearest phone?"
He thought he heard a sigh from theother side of the door, but couldn't be sure.
"Through the lanai doors, downthe hall to the right there is an alcove with a phone." She mumbled something that sounded like, "Do not pass go, do not collect $200".
Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their lefthands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jackson nor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?
Wow, this sounds like an awesome book!
Today Kristina has generously offered to giveaway a $5 Amazon or Barnes & Noble giftcard to one lucky commenter. So, write your choice in the comments section, leave your email address, and follow this blog for a chance to win it.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday August 1.
I'd like to thank Kristina for joining us and for the wonderful giveaway.
Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~


  1. thanks for inviting me to hang out today, Jennifer!

  2. This book sounds great, and there are some good ideas in the post, too.

  3. Number three always works for me and my go-to outlets are jigsaw puzzles, Legos,
    and gardening. My writer brain seems to percolate while I'm puzzling through
    the challenges :)

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to read this book. Number one.

  5. Thanks, Margie, Liz and Tore!

    Margie, puzzles of all sorts are great mind-openers! Tore, changing the scene is my first step... :)

  6. I find writing my ending helps, then write from the end backward. My mind works like that sometimes.

  7. Shawn, I bow to you. Writing (or re-writing) 1 scene I can do, writing the end and working back...might just kill me.

  8. I just added this to my 'to read' list. it sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway. Jackie

  9. What a sweet cover! I love it! I don't write, unless you count thesis and action research papers. But I do get the block when beginning the papers. What do I do??? Talk. Yes...I talk. I begin to talk about what I want then work it out. That usually works. I also have my kids ask me questions about what I am writing. It helps me think through my problems.
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

  10. Great tips Kristi. I'm kinda in that place right now, but I've given myself permission not to write for a few days this time. Congratulations on the book!

  11. Mel, great idea - talking it out is helpful...altho I regularly make my DHs head explode when I go too far! :)

    Calisa, hope you find the right un-blocked method!

    Thanks, Jackie, hope you enjoy!


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