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Merry Jones

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AKA Merry Bloch Jones.

Merry Jones has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil. "If I don't write," she says, "over time, I get agitated and irritable, as if energy is building up inside and I have to let it out."

Accordingly, over the years, she has written a wide range of material, in a variety of styles and for diverse media. She began her career by spending about fifteen years writing and producing video and multi-media for corporate clients, but, when her second child was born in 1989, she decided to pursue her passion and began to write books.

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* Zoe Hayes Mystery

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Merry Jones There's no single simple answer for this question. Sometimes, I give myself a few days or even a couple of weeks off. During this period, I do NOT…moreThere's no single simple answer for this question. Sometimes, I give myself a few days or even a couple of weeks off. During this period, I do NOT write. After a while, the discomfort of not writing becomes too great, and I start again.

Wait, you say. How do you start again if you're blocked?

Good point. So first, I make an outline of a plot. Then I follow the outline, step by step, while getting to know the characters. I find that to recover from "blocking," it's important to write regularly and give myself a reliable rhythm, a regular "time slot" for writing with a disciplined schedule. As the blocking eases up, I can ease up on the discipline.

Also, I give myself permission to be less than perfect. If I insist on creating high literature, nothing will ever be "good enough," and I'll be perpetually blocked. So I concentrate on telling a good story and sticking with it until it's done. (less)
Merry Jones Well, the best thing about it for me is that it keeps me sane. If I don't write, I get anxious, depressed, irritable. It's as if energy is building up…moreWell, the best thing about it for me is that it keeps me sane. If I don't write, I get anxious, depressed, irritable. It's as if energy is building up inside and needs to be released. And writing is what releases it.
Other than that, writing lets me work my own hours, at home. I have no boss (although agents and editors can feel like bosses). I can wear what I want, usually pj's, without makeup or even showering.
Best of all, when a book is finished, I send it off to find its readers. For me, that's what writing is all about--Without readers, what's the point?
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Plan? Who me?

Readers often ask me about planning. Do I know the ending before I begin? How much of the story evolves during the writing; how much is decided in advance?

In a way, these are the same questions we humans have about free will. Do we really make our own decisions? Is there spontaneity? Or is our fate subject to some divine design, our actions predetermined?

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Merry Jones Cheryl wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request, Merry. I can't wait to read your book "The Nanny Murders"!"

Cheryl wrote: "Thanks for accepting my friend request, Merry. I can't wait to read your book "The Nanny Murders"!"

Thanks, Cheryl! Hope you like it--Let me know? All best.


Cheryl Landmark Thanks for accepting my friend request, Merry. I can't wait to read your book "The Nanny Murders"!


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