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Finding Your Mojo #MFRWauthor #mgtab #amwriting


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Do you ever get stuck while writing and wonder how you can possibly ever come up with a fresh idea?

I think this happens to most of us at one time or another.

I have notes written everywhere; napkins, envelopes, scrap paper, it drives my hubby crazy. He’s much more organized than I am!

Sometimes that’s all it takes; a random word on a television program, or a song I’m listening to, maybe even something my grandson tells me about his day. They’re all cues that I save up to use for those times when nothing creative comes to mind.

I was reading a book the other day and a word jumped out at me, I had to stop and write it down. The word?

Savor.

The definition from Webster’s dictionary:

  • : to enjoy the taste or smell of (something) for as long as possible

  • : to enjoy (something) for a long time

 

 

Just like that any number of ideas popped into my head 🙂

And that’s the fun of being a writer, the only limit is your imagination.

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While writing my second book, The Rebel’s Redemption, I had an idea for the third book in the series, Twilight’s Encore. Next thing I knew, I had a new Word document open and was writing these two books in sync. They’re storylines overlapped each other and I ended up doing over half of each book in tandem.

It worked so well that I decided to try it again now, for book five in the series, Summer Lovin’.

Along with the Wounded Hearts book, I’ve varied into a whole new genre; paranormal.

I can’t even explain how many doors this has opened creatively. I mean, when you’re creating a fantasy world in your head, the normal rules don’t apply.

You want your hero to move from point A to point B without the same old walking, striding, trudging etc?

Well, now he can fly, or vaporize, or turn into a panther, anything your imagination can come up with.

It’s so freeing.

And it enabled me to have three different stories running at once. I think working in the paranormal genre has opened new doors in my admittedly foggy brain and allowed me to come up with fresh new ideas for my stories.

How about you? Have you ever tried a different genre from the one your used to? Did you come away with a positive experience?

I’d love to hear from you 🙂

 

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JACQUIE BIGGAR  is a USA Today bestselling author of Romantic Suspense who loves to write about tough, alpha males and strong, contemporary women willing to show their men that true power comes from love.   She is the author of the popular Wounded Hearts series and has just started a new series in paranormal suspense, Mended Souls. She has been blessed with a long, happy marriage and enjoys writing romance novels that end with happily-ever-afters. Jacquie lives in paradise along the west coast of Canada with her family and loves reading, writing, and flower gardening. She swears she can't function without coffee, preferably at the beach with her sweetheart. :)

16 comments on “Finding Your Mojo #MFRWauthor #mgtab #amwriting

  1. Pat Amsden

    I think we all have times where we’re stuck in a story and other days when we can’t write fast enough. I come up with ideas for other books while writing the one I’m working on but I find writing one at a time is enough. I can outline and research though😊

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  2. A timely post for me. Thanks so much. I’m kind of concrete-sequential like Pat and dealing with one manuscript is enough for me – that is at one time. But I’ve discovered that I always have to have something “New Age” ish that resonates with me. Like Tarot cards, or massage or premonitions, or energy stones etc. Those topics always resonate with me, so I become more engaged in my own story.

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    • That’s neat, Jodie 🙂 I like how you find your inspiration! That’s the key, I think, freeing your mind to the possibilities. I find I do much better if I’m not trying to force the story onto the paper. That’s why I began writing a different book. New characters open up a new world, so that when I go back to the other world they kind of feel like old friends now and it’s just easier, lol.

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  3. I love the word ‘savor.’ I savor the mornings when I have no plans but to WRITE. I savor the afternoons I plan on teaching a creative writing class. I saver a dark winter’s night when have the fireplace on and a good stew in the crock pot. One thing I don’t savor is how agents/publisher place a ‘genre’ label on our books. I savor the idea of writing whatever wonderful story comes forth from our imagination. There. A story. No labels. Just. A. Story.
    🙂

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  4. Dianna Plano

    I have had the beginning of a story in my mind for a long time but had nowhere to go with it, just the beginning. Then I saw your picture in my email. Now the story will not shut up! Thanks Jacquie!

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    • Oh my gosh! You just totally made my day 🙂 I wish you the very best of luck with it, and if you ever need someone to bounce ideas off of, don’t be shy!

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  5. Just recently, I heard a song on Pandora Radio and instantly thought of a story. It’s a lot shorter than what I am used to writing (2,500 words compared to 50,000+) but it was a wonderful change of pace and a challenge for me to be able to crank something out so quickly and completely like that.

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    • Congrats! Yeah, I get great ideas from songs also. Sometimes it’s just a word, sometimes a title 🙂 The one I’m working on now comes from Alabama’s Angels Among Us

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  6. pamelasthibodeaux

    great post!
    I’ve pinned it to my Writing Process board on Pinterest

    Feel free to re-pin!
    PamT

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  7. Reblogged this on Jeannie Hall Suspense and commented:
    Savor your writing journey! 😌

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