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Vivienne Mathews

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Vivienne Mathews is a nerdy ice queen who talks with her hands and owns far too many hats. A beekeeper with a bee allergy, no one would ever accuse her of being sensible. She spends most of her days in Hermitville, just past Nowhere, with her loving husband, two dogs, and a child who won’t stop growing, no matter how desperately she tries to keep him young. More than anything, she hopes you enjoy her books as much as she enjoys writing them.

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Vivienne Mathews Ugh, writer's block is such a pain, isn't it? And it comes in so many forms.

If it's a problem with a character or a scene, visuals can be very helpfu…more
Ugh, writer's block is such a pain, isn't it? And it comes in so many forms.

If it's a problem with a character or a scene, visuals can be very helpful. Spider graphs, character sketches, and storyboarding are phenomenal for getting the smaller things out of your head and putting them in a form that's easy to organize with your eyes.

Sometimes you'll find yourself falling into a sentence structure rut, where you want to format every paragraph exactly like the last. Luckily, there are countless phenomenal authors out there who lead by example in showing you the many different - and often, more interesting ways - of phrasing things. Stepping away from the project and putting some time into reading rather than writing should snap you right out of it.

If the problem is with the plot, nothing beats old-fashioned outlining. That's where the work ethic of objective writing really matters. If you've ever watched a film or read a book and finished with an unscripted question mark hanging over your head, odds are, it's because the creator didn't put in the work of making sure the plot gave a solid foundation to the rest of the project. As a general approach, try sitting down and marking your starting point (first scene) at the top of a page with your end point (resolution) at the bottom. Fill in the center with bullet points. These should ONLY detail scenes that are crucial to getting from A to Z. Then, set sentimentality aside and ask yourself what works and what doesn't. If your story's skeleton isn't properly aligned, you'll know it.

The most insidious type (for me, anyway) is getting into the thick of it only to realize that a story angle or character moment isn't as fleshed out as you thought it was. In that case, don't be afraid to just walk away for a bit. Given time, your subconscious will suss it out on its own. (less)
Vivienne Mathews Apart from getting paid to sit on your toches and make things up? There's a lot to be said for any kind of creative work. Be it writing or sculpting, …moreApart from getting paid to sit on your toches and make things up? There's a lot to be said for any kind of creative work. Be it writing or sculpting, woodworking or narrating, there's a vulnerability in molding something outside of yourself for all the world to see that is uplifting and grounding all at the same time. Without creative markers to illustrate how uniquely inspiring all the wonderful people of the world are capable of being, life would be quiet and a bit disorienting, I think. Art helps people navigate. It allows us feel connected to those we'd otherwise never meet, let alone understand. To be able to count myself as even a small part of that process is very fulfilling. (less)
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Keeping Crooked Things

Neglect a closet for a while, and an unfortunate sort of natural order begins to take effect. It starts with an atmosphere of acceptant convenience for a few worthy knickknacks. Before you know it, the shelves are straining under the weight of things you're "only putting here for a minute, really" - and bad things happen to innocent inanimates as a result.

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“Sometimes hope and courage are one and the same.”
Vivienne Mathews, The Sons of Masguard and the Mosque Hill Fortune, Part One

“Marshall”
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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
Robert Frost

“Sometimes hope and courage are one and the same.”
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“It's only those who do nothing that make no mistakes, I suppose.”
Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands

“Be glad. Be good. Be brave.”
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