Welcome Cynthia Woolf
This week we start off with fellow Colorado author Cynthia Woolf. Cynthia’s western romance Matchmaker & Co. series that includes Capital Bride and Heiress Bride, has grown very popular and well known in western romance circles. A multi-genre multi-published author Cynthia also is an author of another western romance series (the Tame series) well as two Sci-fi romance novel series; Swords of Gegara and the Centauri series. Please welcome, Cynthia Woolf, to Jessica Aspen Writes.
With my latest book, FIERY BRIDE, I got something that most other writers have gotten before me, but that I really hadn’t experienced up until now. The dreaded Writers Block. Yes, me. The person who has written twelve books in two years had Writers Block. I literally didn’t write for more than two weeks. I simply didn’t know where the story was or was going to happen. At one point I got so frustrated, that I just didn’t care.
I’d sit and stare at the screen. I watched movies and read books. Nothing. I worked on other stories. Well sort of. I was able to come up with some ideas for other stories, but actually starting those stories was as hard as trying to work on the one I already had going.
My critique partners suggested scenes I could write that hopefully would get me going but even then I couldn’t break through. I felt scared. What if I’d written all the stories that I had in me? What if that was all there was?
Finally, one of my critique partners suggested that I download my manuscript to my kindle and read through it. Now you may ask why to the kindle when I could just print it out and read it or read it on my computer screen. Well, I’d already done both of those things with no effect. The beauty of downloading it to my kindle is that I couldn’t make changes. I could only read.
So I read. I discovered that it sparked my imagination and suddenly I did know where the story was going. The next thing they, my critique partners, did for me what hold Just Write sessions. These are times when we get together to “just write”. Except for the first half hour when we catch up and lunch when we visit again, there is no talking. Just writing, hence the name.
Now you may ask what these sessions are good for. Well, we’ve discovered that there is a great energy that we have when we write together. We also, in that first half hour and again at lunch, bounce ideas off each other. You can almost see the sparks coming off us as we rattle off ideas for each others stories.
I would never have made it through this last book without my critique partners. They gave me hope and guided me through a tough time. If you don’t have critique partners get some. Get ones that you love and that care about you and your writing and that you care about. You don’t have to write the same genres; as a matter of fact it’s probably best if you don’t. You get better, more unique ideas and perspective if you don’t write the same type of books.
Regardless of what you do to get over it, remember that it will pass. Writer’s block is not forever, unless you want it to be. If you give up, then you’ll stop writing, but if you keep after it, keep trying, then your book will come out. It just may take longer than you want or are used to.
After a disastrous marriage, Matchmaker Maggie vowed never to marry again. She will never give another man the power of life and death over her body and soul. Unfortunately, that doesn’t keep her lonely heart from fantasizing about her newest client, Caleb Black. She made the mistake of starting a flirtatious correspondence with the clever devil, believing they would never meet. But when his new bride abandons her mid-way to Colorado to elope with another man, Maggie is forced to face the devastatingly handsome Caleb and explain. Now she’ll have to stay long enough to make things right and find him a new wife. But Maggie better hang on to her vow with both hands, because Caleb has other plans for the fiery matchmaker…and a very seductive kiss.
She was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and her critique partners for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity
TAME A WILD HEART
TAME A WILD WIND
TAME A WILD BRIDE
THE SWORDS OF GREGARA – JENALA
THE SWORDS OF GREGARA – RIZA
THE SWORDS OF GREGARA – HONORA
WEBSITE – www.cynthiawoolf.com
FACEBOOK – www.facebook.com/CynthiaWoolf
Twitter – @CynthiaWoolf