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Rebecca Heflin

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Rebecca Heflin is an award-winning author who has dreamed of writing romantic fiction since she was fifteen and her older sister snuck a copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss' Shanna to her and told her to read it. Rebecca writes women's fiction and contemporary romance. When not passionately pursuing her dream, Rebecca is busy with her day-job as a practicing attorney.

Rebecca is a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Florida Romance Writers, RWA Contemporary Romance, and Florida Writers Association. She and her mountain-climbing husband live at sea level in sunny Florida.

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2011 Royal Palm Literary Awards Finalist (The Promise of Change)
2013 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Winner (Rescuing Lacey)
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Rebecca Heflin I know there are writers out there who say there is no such thing as writer’s block. Nora Roberts is one of them. But I believe there is, or at least…moreI know there are writers out there who say there is no such thing as writer’s block. Nora Roberts is one of them. But I believe there is, or at least ‘sticky points’. Most of the time, it originates in the author’s head. My second book, Rescuing Lacey, won several awards, and when I was writing Dreams of Perfection, I let self-doubt get to me. What if Rescuing Lacey was my best book? What if nothing I wrote could ever live up to it, much less surpass it? I was afraid to write a single word unless it was absolutely perfect. It terrified me.

Other times, the block can come from external stresses, like a day job, family issues, etc. Things like that can suck the creative energy right out of you.

When I’m stuck, there are several methods I use to get ‘unstuck.’ Sometimes I walk away from the writing. Take a walk or tackle a mundane household task, and the next thing I know, an idea has popped into my head and I’m ready to go. Another method I’ve used is to stretch out on the couch, the bed, a hammock, even the floor, and close my eyes, letting my mind wander. What am I having for dinner tonight? What was the name of that shop in Santa Fe? The one with the fabulous spices? What was the name of our guide in Costa Rica? Ooh! Guide. Monteverde Cloud Forest. Night hike. That’s it! The hero and heroine go on a night hike in the cloud forest. Voila. Problem solved.
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Rebecca Heflin Write. Read. Learn. When I started my first book, I had no idea what I was doing. I just wrote. A lot of what I wrote went to the great digital trash…moreWrite. Read. Learn. When I started my first book, I had no idea what I was doing. I just wrote. A lot of what I wrote went to the great digital trash can in the sky, but I couldn’t have learned the craft without writing those words. Read the genres you think you would like to write. I learn so much by reading my favorite authors. I also learn by reading books I didn’t really enjoy. I ask why I didn’t enjoy them, and then strive not to do those same things.

Read craft books. I have a shelf of dog-eared, marked up craft books. Finally, learn. Attend workshops, join critique groups, take online courses. Oh, one more thing. Don’t give up. If you really want to write, push through the doubts, the rejection letters, the bad reviews. Use them to hone your craft.
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Average rating: 4.15 · 85 ratings · 26 reviews · 3 distinct works · Similar authors
The Promise of Change
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