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Barbara Ankrum

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Barbara Ankrum grew up in Upstate New York, training to be a ballerina, but secretly dreaming of being an actress. Her first fangirl crush on Haley Mills led her to practice her British accent on unsuspecting store clerks, and she dreamed of co-starring in the remake of THE MOONSPINNERS. Because she was also a compulsive reader, she discovered that the film was based on a book by the fabulous Mary Stewart, which led to Barbara's lifelong obsession with romantic fiction.

Since Haley Mills was, sadly, not in the market for a co-star, Barbara pursued a degree in English Literature from the University of Tennessee. And when that degree, predictably, led to unemployment, she pulled up her socks and moved to Hollywood where she built a career as a
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Barbara Ankrum Like most writers I know, I get stuck occasionally, but with a deadline looming, I don't have the luxury of allowing myself to stay stuck or even…more Like most writers I know, I get stuck occasionally, but with a deadline looming, I don't have the luxury of allowing myself to stay stuck or even calling my mental pause 'writer's block'. (Too scary!) Having someone else to bounce the scene problem off of is helpful, but we don't always have that. So I'll ask myself questions about motivation or conflict or theme and see if I can figure out what's not working about a scene. Sometimes, I've made a wrong turn and I have to go back to where it was still working or flowing for me. Often it's as simple as realizing I'm in the wrong point of view and need to look at which character really has the most at stake in the scene. Then the scene that was limping along will just take off. If you find yourself stuck, don't give yourself permission to quit or to call it something that will give it power. Take a walk, interview your characters, sit back down and keep going. (less)
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“None of them was even your type.” “How do you know my type?” “Were they?” Eve asked, her voice tinged with disbelief. She hooked a thumb in Cree’s direction. “Is he?” “My type?” Kate shook her head. “Yes.” No. Wasn’t that the point? The men she dated were like...like seat-fillers at awards ceremonies. One person vacates and another takes his place. Simple as that.”
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