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Erica Cameron

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After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years studying psychology and creative writing, basically getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Now, she’s the author of several series for young adults. She’s also a reader, asexuality advocate, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse who loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

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Erica Cameron Hi, Cintia! That's a hard question because I've found that the answer is different every time it happens. Sometimes I just need a few days away from…moreHi, Cintia! That's a hard question because I've found that the answer is different every time it happens. Sometimes I just need a few days away from writing, so I read, watch movies, make jewelry, waste time on the internet--whatever I feel like doing that isn't writing.

For something that has lasted that long, though, (and yes that has happened to me) the answer is simple and also very, very complicated: write. To get yourself back into writing, you have to write.

The important thing to keep in mind is that it's going to be grueling in the beginning and almost everything you work on is going to feel painfully awful. You're likely going to wonder why you're even bothering with any of this--I know that's what ran through my head when I was grappling with the same problem. Start small. Start with a journal if that's something you have any interest in. Then move into trying to write one paragraph of a story (or one stanza, if you're a poet). Make your initial goals small and manageable, but be sure to meet them every day. Maybe on one day all you do is write down an idea. Great! Now you have an idea percolating in your mind! Maybe the next day you write a section of dialogue. Wonderful! You've got characters! If you continue to do this, slowly making your goals larger and more complicated once you see that you can meet them, it will become habit again. Each time will be easier--though never actually easy--and before you know it you'll have a large chunk of writing completed. Maybe it will all be part of one project and you'll be close to finished with a novel, but maybe not. Maybe you will have written several short stories and a few random chapters of different possible books. That's fine! The process of breaking through your block is the hard part.

If that still doesn't work, try any/all of these things:
--Search the internet for writing prompts and story starters.
--Look through sites like Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, PostSecret, etc. for pictures that will spark your imagination.
--Read--read a LOT of different books from a lot of different authors.
Try to learn a new craft or hobby.
--Switch up your writing process--try writing by hand if you usually type on the computer or vice versa.
--Spend more time each day moving--I have an author friend who SWEARS by plotting a book while taking a long walk.

If nothing on THAT list works? Well, in that case it may be time to consider other possible causes. The times in my life when I couldn't bring myself to write or even think about starting to write were the times when I was deeply depressed. I had to deal with my own happiness and mental health before I could consider going back to creating stories. I'm not necessarily saying that this is the case for you, but if nothing is working to unblock you, look for other factors like stress, depression, anxiety, health issues, etc. that could potentially be causing the blockage. Sometimes the block won't go away until you've found your own inner peace again--or at least found a little of it.

I hope this helps! Good luck with your writing, Cintia! (less)
Erica Cameron Hello! Devalo is finished, and I take 100% of the blame for it not being out yet. Editing was delayed because of my contracted books took over my…moreHello! Devalo is finished, and I take 100% of the blame for it not being out yet. Editing was delayed because of my contracted books took over my schedule, and I couldn't fit the editing in. I really am hoping that it will be out before the end of 2016, though! (less)
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Today, I was lucky enough to be interviewed on The YA Cafe podcast with Laura Moe! It was a great conversation about Island of Exiles, writing, asexuality, death rituals, speculative fiction, the popularity of dystopia, and more. Not necessarily in that order.


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“I’m getting used to the fact that you find me incredibly forgettable.”
Erica Cameron, Sing Sweet Nightingale

“A shadow passes over her face, but she shakes it off fast as she leans forward, her bright-blue hair swinging over her shoulder and clashing with her pumpkin-orange shirt. “You think you’re the only one who wants to bring back someone they love? Everyone loses someone. It’s inevitable. Everyone thinks they’re willing to give up everything to get that person back. There aren’t many who are actually capable of it.”
My breath catches in my throat as my brain processes her words. Nowhere in that speech did she say what I wanted was impossible. She just said most people aren’t willing to make the necessary sacrifice.
“I’ll do it. Anything. Whatever it takes.”
Erica Cameron, Doorways to Extra Time

“Be direct and sure of the path you tread, but not so sure that you pass the paths better suited to your feet, brother.”
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“I would always rather be happy than dignified.”
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

“No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, "especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?"

"They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.

"And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"

"A pit full of fire."

"And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?"

"No, sir."

"What must you do to avoid it?"

I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: "I must keep in good health and not die.”
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“Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing.”
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“Even if she be not harmed, her heart may fail her in so much and so many horrors; and hereafter she may suffer--both in waking, from her nerves, and in sleep, from her dreams.”
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