Saturday, August 27, 2011

Getting Back To It!





This morning I sat in front of a blank screen and wondered what to write. I have been doing this a lot lately. Seems my writing mojo has mojoed out!!! Well not totally. I am working on a story. Blank Screen Syndrome took hold when I attempted to write a love scene. My first! When I finished the scene, I was taken aback at how trite it sounded.

I decided there was nothing for it but to go to the book store and buy a few historical novels and read as objectively as possible with blue highlighter at the ready. The results, I now have books with blue streaks all over the place. I uncapped blue highlighter number two, last night. It just occurred to me as I rifled through the pages of said books, maybe I should have used different coloured highlighters for different reference topics. HeyHo! Not always so quick on the uptake.

There are a few things to get to today. First and foremost, I want to give Talli Roland a rip roaring “bualadh bos”! I had the privilege of reading the ARC of “Watching Willow Watts” Talli’s latest novel. It was a brilliant read. I loved, loved, loved Willow Watts! Keep an eye out for this one!

Next is the third Crusade led by Rachael Harrie is about to begin. I took part in last year’s Crusade and have signed up for this one too. It is a great opportunity to network with and meet new blogger/writers. Looking forward to see you on the Crusade!




39 comments:

Jenna Cooper said...

I joined the Campaign, too! It sounds like it's going to be awesome, I'm excited. :)

Agnes said...

All my highlighters are yellow. What's wrong with me.

The Golden Eagle said...

Great to see you've joined the Campaign! :)

I always feel uncomfortable when I write or highlight in a book . . . I hate messing up those clean black and white pages. LOL.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm a crusader too!

YaY for Willow Watts. I'm trying to decide between two females for my Willow post.

Old Kitty hasn't been able to find her muse. You two can commiserate.

Talli Roland said...

Oh, yipppeeeee! Thanks so much for the shout-out, Ann! I'm so thrilled you enjoyed Willow.

I'm a highlighter fiend, too. :)

Brigid said...

Good to see you back, Ann. I am looking forward to reading Talli's book.

Old Kitty said...

Hey!! You're baaaaaack with blue highlighter to highlight the blue bits!LOL!!!

Yay for Tali's book and yay for Crusading! Enjoy! take care
x

Niki said...

You could always hit the Mills and Boon books :) I remember they were all the rage when I was at high school.

Mary Mary said...

Good to see you back in the Campaign! I completely understand about that blank screen. It'll come to you. See you around and best of luck!

Susannah said...

Good to see you back Ann. x

(I am now off to look up the crusade.)

L'Aussie said...

Great to see you've joined the campaign. I'll have to check if you're in any of my many groups. I'm reading Willow Watts too and loving it. Will be reviewing it soon as I finish.

Hope those books with the blue streaks lead to some great inspiration and you get back to the computer and fill the screen with your wisdom.

Denise

Ann said...

You are all so kind welcoming me back. I feel chuffed! Thank you.

@Jenna, welcome to Inkpots n' Quills. Hope to see you on the Crusade.

@Agnes, Great to hear from you Agnes. Hope all is well with you. Highlighter colours....fun!

@Golden Eagle, I know what you mean....I had to force the highlighter onto the page.

@Theresa, looking forward to Crusading with you. Isn't Watching Willow Watts brilliant!

@Talli, what is your favourite highlighter colour!

@Brigid, I am glad to be back! Talli's book is great. You will enjoy it.

@Old kitty, Yes I am back. Blank screen syndrome and all.

@Niki, thanks for the tip! I will look into Mills & Boons. Have you knocked the head off the creepy snow sculpture yet?

@Mary Mary, Thank you for your encouraging words.

@Susannah, It's great to be back. Hope to see you on the Crusade.

@Little Aussie, Blue Highlighter is exhausted! I haven't checked the groups. I think I am supposed to add myself this time around, is that right? Not the brightest light bulb in the drawer!

Hilary said...

Hi Ann .. it's probably good to have a break, and sounds as though the blue streaks will come into their own sometime! I've got the Hating Game here .. to read, sometime .. and am so looking forward to it - Talli seems like a really good racy writer .. enjoy your Platform Building Campaigner with Rachael et al .. cheers Hilary

Talli Roland said...

I like BLUE! Yellow is a bit too bright for me. Blue is perfect.

raelynbarclay said...

Hello,

I'm in the first Romance group but am going to try and keep up with y'all in the second group too. Nice to meet you :)

Dora Hiers said...

Wisconsin & Ireland? Wow! I've been to Wisconsin a couple times. Ireland is on my must-visit list!

Hello from a fellow romance campaigner. Great to meet you.

inluvwithwords said...

Hi Ann,

I'm a fellow campaigner in the short stories group and new follower looking forward to getting to know you.

Katie Gates said...

Hi Ann, Nice to meet a Campaign veteran. This is my first, and I'm having such a good time traveling the blogosphere and getting to know new writers. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

Ann Best said...

It isn't easy to sit down at the computer screen and get something written. Easier, I think, to write a post. But you've succeeded at both, even if you do think the love scene is trite!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

JoAnna said...

Hi Ann,
I am new to the writing campaign. Just dropping by to say 'hi'. I am in the same (Adult Fiction 4) group as you. Look forward to getting to know you better>
JoAnna (Helen Clancy(

bridgetstraub.com said...

Hi Ann,
I'm a fellow campaigner and I agree that writing love scenes are hard.Good luck with that. Talk about feeling vulnerable.

Al said...

Muses on holiday are no fun!

Mine hasn't been exactly absent, but he she is certainly taking it easy at the moment!

allie said...

Hi. We're in the same romance group at the write campaign. Great to see Talli's latest book featured here, I am very much looking forward to reading it, soon! And I look forward to joining you on your writer's journey through your blog.

Rosalind Adam said...

Blue highlighters, huh! Does that reflect the type of scenes highlighted?!? Seriously though, is there no way you can miss that scene out and come back to it at a later date?

I'm hearing a lot about Talli's latest book. Can't wait to read it and, as this is my first time with the Campaign I'm looking forward to it.

featherpenstartandreams said...

Fellow campaigner here. I'm with The Golden Eagle; I've never been able to bring myself to highlight a book - even one I bought for a quarter at a garage sale.

This is my first campaign, so I'm excited to see what's in store.

See ya round!
Melanie M.

E.R. King said...

You know you've got "Blank Screen Syndrome" bad when you can't write a love scene! LOL! I hope you get your mojo back soon.

Christy said...

LOL about the highlighter colors Ann! Saying hello from the campaign trail!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Love the highlighter colors. I haven't had to wrestle with writing a love scene yet since I write mainly for children. But I can see it might be a challenge. Good luck with getting it the way you want it.

Michael Offutt said...

I'd be interested to see what exactly you were highlighting and why it caught your eye. Glad to see that you're joining in on the campaign fun.

K said...

I'm in the short story campaign with you so I thought I'd introduce myself :) I am a mom to two, soon to be three, daughters and love writing so much! I am looking to start a short story critique group if you are interested, and I have the Hooked on Hooks event coming up on my blog if you'd like to participate.

Ciara said...

I'm so glad we'll be in the campaign together. It should rock this year. I'm going to have a separate tab for the challenges on my blog because I already had guests lined up those days. Well, we'll just have a big party, right? :)

Jules said...

Sorry I'm late Ann, glad to see you back. Maybe you can tie that blank screen syndrome to the trite love scene? That's my love experience :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Manzanita said...

I bet your love scenes sizzle, blue highlighter or not.
Manzanita@Wannabuyaduck

Tara Tyler said...

nice to meet you thru the campaign and i just went to the bookstore for inspiration too!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

I hear ya. My mojo is fading as well, and I need to stew over floating ideas and try to get back into the groove again. Ugh... :)


♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥
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YA Paranormal Romance, Darkspell coming fall of 2011!

Wendy said...

Easy fix for your highlighting -- yellow over blue will turn green. Pink over blue will turn purple, so you can make at least three colors out of what you've already marked!

blackanddarknight said...

Hi there! I'm another Campaigner stopping by!

Good luck with the campaign, hope it all goes well!

Sandwiched Writer said...

And another campaigner stopping by to say hello! I'm a day-glo yellowish-green hi-lighter, myself. Look forward to reading you along the campaign trail!

Debbie said...

Hi Ann, I'm also participating in the campaign - we're in the same short story group. Looking forward to seeing more of you throughout the campaign.