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Noelle Ryan

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Noelle Ryan is the author of a new contemporary fantasy novel, Mirror The Valkanas Clan, out in December 2011.

When she’s not reading and writing, she’s teaching others how to write, playing with her son, or forcing good friends (including her husband) to endure hours of meandering conversations over tasty food and herbal tea.

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Noelle Ryan I studied research on writing extensively as part of graduate school, and within it there is some useful advice for writer's stuck with writer's…moreI studied research on writing extensively as part of graduate school, and within it there is some useful advice for writer's stuck with writer's block. For example, Mike Rose did research on writer's block and found that the people who got it inevitably seemed to be following some kind of strict rule about how to approach writing that didn't always work for them--and when it didn't, they got stuck, and didn't write anything. Those who didn't get blocked were more likely to have very flexible rules for writing, like just to keep writing no matter what, or to change strategies whenever something didn't work.

I used to struggle with writer's block a great deal more than I do now, and I think it's because I try to keep that research in mind when I feel stuck. I switch strategies, locations, even times of day until things get moving again. I try not to get too attached to any one way of doing things.

For example, I wrote Mirror's first draft in one big five week chunk back in the summer of 2009, then set it aside and didn't revise it for two years before publishing it. Burn, meanwhile, circled around in my head incomplete for months before I tried out John Truby's methods of planning out your story, and then it clicked along quickly. Those methods don't seem to be helping me as I work on my third book though, so right now I'm experimenting with finding out what will.(less)
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The next Valkanas Story is on it's way

After a long hiatus (getting pregnant and figuring out how to be a mom distracted from writing for a while), The Valkanas Stories are getting ready for their next addition: Burn Burn (The Valkanas Stories, #2) by Noelle Ryan

Burn is now available for preorder on Amazon and will be released at the end of February.

Mirror, meanwhile, underwent some revisions, including improvements to the ending and overall readability, plus the addition of... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on December 27, 2014 06:29 Tags: aly, damian, jo, new-release, noelle-ryan, the-valkanas-stories

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