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Kathy Coleman

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Kathy Coleman lives in a small town in Ontario with her parents, two younger brothers and three mischievous little dogs named Maggie, Pugsly and Teddy Bear. She attended Trent University, majoring in English and Cultural Studies.

When she is not being kept awake at 3 a.m. by characters who refuse to quit talking, she can be found performing karaoke at charity events, updating her book blog I Write, I Read, I Review, shopping, or playing video games.

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Kathy Coleman There are usually two reasons I get "writer's block": either I'm not feeling well / feeling lazy and either need to take some time for self care or tr…moreThere are usually two reasons I get "writer's block": either I'm not feeling well / feeling lazy and either need to take some time for self care or trick myself into starting. "Come on. 500 words. Do it and you can do X."

A lot of times this can be eased into by doing what I call "refilling the well". Read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, play a game, or go somewhere you love. Envelop yourself in something that is guaranteed to make you happy. If you can cultivate a list of your own personal "creative catnip" and "creative Kryptonite" you can increase your odds of ensuring that a writing session starts off on a positive foot.

The second, and more common, cause is not having a clear enough vision for what's going on in a scene. I might not know quite where in an event or conversation that I want to let the reader 'join' the characters. I may be having trouble zooming in on a scene or popping out or back from one to give some brief context for a time lapse or other detail needed to ground things. A scene could be in a wrong setting.

It may have a powerful message I'm trying to convey from one character to another and struggling with that could be getting in the way of normal character beats, stuff going on in the background, etc. resulting in talking heads. These are the kinds of things I'm talking about when I say you need to give yourself permission to let draft one have flaws or even outright suck at times. It's when we see the full picture that some chapters and scenes begin to make full sense.

For me, beating writer's block is really about beating the need for what I write to come out perfect the first time. It's something I still struggle with now and then, and it's when I (again!) remind myself that I can edit anything except a blank page. The good news is: so can you. Trust in your story, trust in your process, and keep telling your story. With time, the sky will clear, the woods will fall behind you, and the Emerald City will glisten ahead as you journey down the Yellow Brick Road that is your plot. :) (less)
Kathy Coleman I adore outlining. I have a love hate relationship with my first drafts. On one hand, since I outline my drafts are fairly "clean". They look like act…moreI adore outlining. I have a love hate relationship with my first drafts. On one hand, since I outline my drafts are fairly "clean". They look like actual writing. Doesn't mean some scenes don't fail the golden goose test and go down the shoot like a naughty kid sneaking around Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, though. That can feel brutal sometimes! *laughs*

On the other hand, when something is right--whether I 'get it' on the first draft or the third, and I can see what was in my head materializing on the page like a little kid who has just caught a fire fly in a jar, there is a certain sort of magic to that. As much as I love losing myself in a scene in my mind like it's a daydream, it's the feeling of that becoming a concrete thing I can hand to someone else and let them read that pushes me from daydreams to scenes; from ideas in my head to completed stories. (less)
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His eyes were what she hated most. Cold and fathomless, they threatened to suck her in and make her drown. Hard and full of judgement...
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Krystle Jones HEY! =D


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Jen Thanks for the add, Kathy. :)


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