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July Interview Schedule:
7/3 Jean Stone A Vineyard Summer
7/10 Mark Bergin
7/17 Christin Brecher Murder's No Votive Confidence
7/24 Dianne Freeman A Ladies' Guide to Gossip
7/31 J. C. Kenney A Genuine Fix

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 7/6 V. M. Burns, 7/13 Joe Amiel,

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 7/20 Gloria Alden, 7/27 Kait Carson

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Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:


Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.


KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology will be released on June 18th.

Congratulations to Margaret S. Hamilton for being a finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier contest. Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.

Congratulations to Shari Randall for WINNING the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interview about the book here. Yay, Shari!

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

James M. Jackson extends the Seamus McCree series with the May 25th publication of #6, False Bottom.

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Procrastination

Sometimes I wonder how my mystery novels get written. That's because it usually takes me most of a day to sit down and write those pages. I've yet to miss a deadline, but I'm about to reveal a big secret: I get nervous each time I sit down at the computer, click on Word, and start composing.

I'm not sure why this is the case, after so many years of writing novels. Is it because I'm afraid that I won't have anything to say? Or am I worried that something outrageous will pop out unexpectedly? Such concerns, when so far neither has ever happened. In the first case, I've yet to run out of words. In the second, I really like when my characters surprise me. I give their conversations and actions free rein and rarely remove them from the manuscript.

So why the procrastination? Why do I stop in midsentence to read the email that just zinged its way into my mailbox? Think it's time to check the newspaper or Facebook? Or feel the urge to make that phone call that can certainly wait until I'm finished writing for the day?

Of course, there are times when I'm in the writing zone and happy to remain there oblivious of distractions. My fingers fly as the words materialize before me and the story moves along. I suppose this happens when small but necessary details have been worked out in my mind and I'm free to move on quickly and efficiently.

I've come to understand that some of my procrastination is necessary. When I need to figure out how to segue into the next scene; or decide how, when and where two characters will meet, I turn from the screen to look through my mail or go downstairs for a drink of water. I might even respond to an email or check that evening's TV schedule. And when I return to my Work In Progress, the solution I've been seeking is clear in my head. While I was procrastinating, my mind was busy on a subliminal level  figuring out many answers for me.

And so I'll continue to work the way I do. Because the pages get written, the manuscripts get done.  

3 comments:

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

I've learned not to push creativity. I walk the dogs or weed the garden and a way forward usually occurs to me.

KM Rockwood said...

Great thought. If I'm having trouble, I sometimes stop writing & go to bed early (I tend to write in the evening, when I don't have as many other responsibilities that need attention) and wake up the next morning with new ideas. Then I hurry to get them written before I move on with the rest of my day.

The subconscious mind is amazing, and sometimes mine needs free rein.

Warren Bull said...

You have to coax the muse. She cannot be commanded.