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Ruthanne Reid

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Ruthanne Reid writes about elves, aliens, vampires, and space-travel with equal abandon. She has a degree in piano performance she never uses, a second (slightly better used) degree in Biblical Science, and currently lives in Phoenix, where the nights are glorious for the imagination. She is the author of the series Among the Mythos, and churns out free short stories every couple of months. Something of a mad book-gifting fairy, she believes good stories should be shared.

Writing for other people was no small step. Ruthanne’s first novel was all about characters from her favorite books (Tolkien featured heavily). A though she was delighted to discover that this creation actually had a name – fanfiction – she didn’t dare put her real name to

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Ruthanne Reid I used to just freak out and freeze and NOT WRITE for weeks at a time. Which was bad. My husband says it even made me... twitchy. Thus! I had to find…moreI used to just freak out and freeze and NOT WRITE for weeks at a time. Which was bad. My husband says it even made me... twitchy. Thus! I had to find a cure.

I can genuinely say there is no 100% cure. There are, however, things to do that can jumpstart the writer-brain into behaving. In order, they are:

1. Fill your creative well. Sometimes, you can't write anymore because you've been twisting your brain-handkerchief so hard to get the last drops out and didn't bother to douse it back in the water. Which means....

Read something fabulous. Watch something beautiful. Go to a concert. START A NEW HOBBY (no joke). Indulge fully in something OTHER THAN WRITING, something that gives you joy to do - and don't be surprised when you find you're able to think creatively again.

2. Just write the next word. Sometimes I freeze because I don't know what comes next. I know point A, D, and Y, but nothing in between, and I panic. Here's what I learned: this quote is right.

"Start early and work hard. A writer's apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he's almost ready to begin. That takes a while."
~David Eddings

Write. A word. It can be "the." It can be "He." It can be words you then completely throw away. JUST WRITE.

The key here is not to write keepable, publishable stuff. The key is to get words pouring out of yourself, even if they're only ten at a time and complete garbage. Write your own terrible fanfic. Just write the next word.

If you keep doing that, eventually the block disappears, and what comes out is gold.(less)
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I received this charming book from Julia Suzuki in exchange for an honest review, and wow, I’m so happy to have read it.


“Yoshiko and the Gift of Charms” follows the coming-of-age adventure of a very special dragon hatched from a very special egg. A special and possibly terrifying egg – at least to some other dragons. From the...

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Strings by Ruthanne Reid
"Here we are with another chapter of 'Among the Mythos'. This short novel is really funny! The adventure is full of tension, questions and coupes de théatre. The story is very good, unknown monsters appear and track down the main character who gets..." Read more of this review »
The Christmas Dragon by Ruthanne Reid
"Katie Lin is desperate to live a normal life in a world that is full of hidden magic. She just wants to be left alone, but fate has a different plan in mind.

John Grey is mischievous, a bit of an adventurer, and is just passing through. When he sav..." Read more of this review »
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"The land of the EverDying is full of magic, both good and bad, but most of the inhabitants are human and don't know it. For those that do, however, the world is a scary place, full of shadows that go bump in the night. John Grey doesn't worry abou..." Read more of this review »
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