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Maria Murnane

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The way Maria became an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so one day she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she'd always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years and she's now the best-selling author of Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two, Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, and Bridges. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

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Maria Murnane I'm no stranger to writer's block, which at times can feel paralyzing. And stressful. And did I say stressful? I've learned to battle this dreaded aff…moreI'm no stranger to writer's block, which at times can feel paralyzing. And stressful. And did I say stressful? I've learned to battle this dreaded affliction with three strategies:

1) When I feel stuck on a scene, or if the creative muscle to write clever dialogue or interesting descriptions just isn't there, I make placeholders in ALL CAPS and move on. For example, in the first draft of my latest novel I included placeholders such as:

*DESCRIBE RESTAURANT HERE - HAVE IT RUSTIC AND ON THE BEACH

*HAVE HER WALK ALONG THE BEACH ALONE AND FEEL SAD

*ADD IN SOME DETAIL HERE ABOUT THEIR PREVIOUS TRIP TOGETHER

It's not pretty, but the ALL CAPS thing works because it keeps me focused on the plot. If I've learned anything at all about writing novels, it's how important it is to keep the story moving forward. I can always go back and edit later.

2) When I've done the above but have no idea where to take the plot next, I go to the gym and bring my phone. I jump on the stationary bike with my Kindle Fire and start watching TV. Inevitably I'm struck by an idea, so I whip out my phone and email myself a note. I'm not sure why exercising helps me so much, but it works every time - and it keeps me in shape. A win-win!

3) When I come up with an idea for something to include at some point in the book, I add it to a cleverly named document called "To include at some point." This is basically an eclectic list of bullet points, but it's a great way to make sure those bursts of inspiration don't get lost.

I'm not sure how scientific my approach is, but it works for me!(less)
Maria Murnane I love that my job is to do something that I don't consider "work," and it's great to have my own schedule. I live in New York but most of my family l…moreI love that my job is to do something that I don't consider "work," and it's great to have my own schedule. I live in New York but most of my family lives in California, so I go home quite often to see them as I take my "favorite auntie" title quite seriously. (I'm pretty sure some casual acquaintances in San Francisco don't even realize I moved to the East Coast haha.) I also never have to use an alarm clock to wake up, and I can work out whenever I want. When I had an office job I remember feeling guilty for running to Walgreen's in the middle of the day. Good God,. If I had to go back to that kind of restriction on my time, I would probably quit or get fired the first week. Not joking.

I think my FAVORITE part of being an author is reading all the wonderful emails I get from fans. It makes me so happy each time a reader enjoys one of my books enough to take the time to get in touch with me. Much like the heroine of one of my novels (Cassidy Lane), sometimes when I have a bad day I read fan emails to cheer myself up, and it always does the trick. Reading emails from actual readers reminds me how lucky I am to be in this position. If you've ever emailed me, thank you!! (less)
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SHOW, don’t TELL, in your dialogue

I frequently see authors break the show vs. tell rule in dialogue by using words other than “said” or “asked.” This weakens the writing when done too often.

For example, here are some examples from a novel I recently read. In this scene, Ben and Lisa are the ONLY characters in the room:

“What’s she doing here?” Ben asked.

“Who?” Lisa responded.

“The crazy nanny,” Ben answered.

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message 5: by Maria

Maria I'm so glad to hear that! :)


message 4: by Maria

Maria Caroline wrote: "Maria, I am so excited for you! For your newest curious readers: This series is great fun to read and had me splitting in two, the characters were so funny, honest, real, flawed and cherished. Your..."

wow, thank you! :)


Caroline Maria, I am so excited for you! For your newest curious readers: This series is great fun to read and had me splitting in two, the characters were so funny, honest, real, flawed and cherished. Your characters are lovable too and I got to know them and enjoy their company. Thank you, keep writing!!!


message 2: by Maria

Maria Wow, thanks so much! :)


Sweetdulci I absolutely adore these books and the characters. I tore through all three in four days, and I can't wait for more Waverly! Thanks for sharing your talent and wonderful characters with us =)


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