Elizabeth C. Mock

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Elizabeth C. Mock and her husband live in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they watch too many movies and plot their next culinary adventure. She currently teaches philosophy, spends too much time on tumblr, and continues writing The Children of Man series and working on other projects. FORGE is out now! RESOLVE coming 2020! Elizabeth is a speculative fiction author repped by Barry Goldblatt Literary.

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Elizabeth C. Mock 1. Therapy and medication. I am not even kidding. Another writer friend once said, writer's block is really life block. She could not have been more…more1. Therapy and medication. I am not even kidding. Another writer friend once said, writer's block is really life block. She could not have been more accurate. For me, writer's block is either a form of procrastination caused by emotional disregulation (I'm feeling negative emotions I'm not acknowledging which are blocking me from writing), or it's my ADH. Both of these can be dealt with through the combination of my medication and therapy. Therapy gives you the tools to get through what's blocking you.

2. Creating a habit of writing helps with writer's block. Keep showing up and you'll get it done. Even if it's like pulling water from stone, show up and get your words in. I also use implementation intensions. If I finish grading, then I write. I don't choose to write. It's just the next thing I do. What wires together in the brain fires together. Show up for thirty days to create the neural connections of a habit.

3. Sometimes you need to spend a day laying bricks to be able to write what's next. Talk to a critique partner or just a friend or family member about what's blocking you in the story. Those aren't lost days. The story needs to percolate in your brain sometimes, and talking out loud about it can really help.

4. If you're still stuck, sleep on it. This works because of what REM sleep does in your brain. It takes information from your day and makes connections, and you just might wake up with the solution. Don't try to force it. It'll take the time it takes to get through the plot/character problem. Be kind to yourself.

5. Take a day off and live your life. Go do something fun and recharging. Go a museum. Go to a concert. Go out to eat with friends. Read a good book. Just engage in art or connection with other. You can't pour out what you don't have in you.(less)
Elizabeth C. Mock Watching a story emerge like a sculpture. I can't see its form at first, and it feels like it'll never be what's in my head. Then slowly, oh so…moreWatching a story emerge like a sculpture. I can't see its form at first, and it feels like it'll never be what's in my head. Then slowly, oh so slowly, it takes shape. Until, after so much work, I can suddenly see it. There it is. The story exists outside my head.

I love when I'm drafting or revising and something takes me by surprise, a sentence which suddenly casts a character or a beat in a light I'd never seen before.

I love that I'm able to use symbols and sounds, which you understand, to create something that didn't exist before. That's magic.(less)
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FORGE FAQ

Greetings, gentle readers! There have been several questions in the wake ofForge'srelease, so I figured it was time for a Forge FAQ.

ForgeFrequently Asked Questions1. IsForgethe final book in the series?No.Resolvethe fourth and final book in the series will be coming out in 2020. The first draft is already written.
2. Weren't you going to finish the series withForge?That was the plan, and I draft... Read more of this blog post »
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“Rafaela, we all hurt people." Tobias’ voice was sharp. "That’s universal. We’re all broken and those shards will cut those around us.”
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“Information is not understanding,” Tobias replied, his light-hearted tone replaced with sobriety. “You can give information, but you can never give understanding.”
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“People prefer opinions to truth. They try to bend the world to fit their assumptions, instead of changing their assumptions to fit the world. -Mireya”
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