Great IdeasHaving a dream is one thing, but turning it into a reality is a different beast entirely. The most important thing to have is the motivation to make your dreams a reality.

It all seems really easy, say when you are you are away on holiday. The sun is shining, you’re relaxed, and re-charged. But when you return home and the demands of daily life start weighing heavily on you… it can be so easy to lose motivation.

As an author staying motivated is a daily exercise.  For me, writing comes from the heart. My writing is very character driven, and it is my job to give them a voice.  It is not always easy to sit down and write!

I’m a mother of a two year old, pet owner of 4 cats, two rabbits, and a dog.  Did I also mention that I have a busy day job in a hospital too?  Yeah my life can be pretty crazy, and at the end of the day (very often) I just want to have a hot shower, throw on one of my many sets of PJ’s and watch something trashy on TV. But if I did that every night, I’d never write, and then I’d be letting go of my dreams—that just won’t do.

“When you want something badly enough, you will find a way to make it happen.  If you don’t you’ll always find an excuse.” Tony Soprano

Knowing my dream…

A dream is something that fills my heart’s desire.  It is something that makes me smile.  My dream was always to become a published author, I made sure that dream was going to come true!

I surrounded myself with cheerleaders

There are going to be a thousand people that say you can’t.  Many people are afraid of going outside of their comfort My Amazing Wifezone, they prefer to stay in the life they know.  It can be especially hard for people to pursue their dreams when they have no support around them.  I am so lucky to have an amazing support network, my family have always spurred me on to write…even when I didn’t write a single word for years.  I’m in my 30’s now, and what I have come to realize is that it is not quantity but quality; so I surround myself with people who nurture my dreams, and don’t quash them.   My husband is the one who has to deal with the occupational hazards of having a wife who writes, I’m forever shooting him e-mails, asking what he thinks of an idea I’ve had. I wake him up in the middle of the night, and he entertains our son whilst mummy squeezes in some writing time on the weekends. I have friends and family who read the first draft to the last draft…

I make a schedule and I stick to it

If I say that I am going to spend a morning/evening writing. That is what I do.  Believe me, like I said I don’t always feel like doing it, but when I actually push myself and stick to a plan, I feel pretty good about it.

Surround myself with pretty stationary

I’m a sucker for stationary.  I really can’t walk Paperchase without going in to buy something.  Remember when you began a new work book at the start of a school term? A fresh page.  A new beginning.  A world of possibilities.  Well that is how I feel about stationary, they are the tools that allow me to do the thing I love the most and write, that is a great motivation for me.

Music

I touched on this topic in my last blog post.  Music is so inspiring to me.  I kind of think about my keyboard as a piano when I write, my words create a story, music is not to dissimilar.  Only, I’ll keep my singing voice reserved for the bathroom!

Other authors

I have many authors that I love and admire.  They are so inspiring to me.  I try to read as much as I can, and learn from every single book I read.

Movies

I am a huge movie buff.  I admit some of my favorite inspirational quotes come from Rocky.  The Rocky story is full wisdom, yes, it may be corny, but there is nothing wrong with that!

Being a mum!

Becoming a mum meant that I was going to help carve out the future for my little boy.  I want to look him in the eye and tell him that he can be anything that he wants to be.  I can tell him that with conviction now… because mummy followed her dreams!

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Blank Page on the beachEvery writer under the sun knows about writers block.  You sit down to write and a blank screen or page stares back at you, like a thick blanket of snow that you just can’t seem to move past.  You could say, go away and just come back to it another day…although that can sometimes be the answer, it isn’t always the answer.

How do you think your supervisor would react if you called in to say you were not coming to work as you were just not feeling it?

Not everything that I write is intended to be submitted for future projects.  I have written material that will never see light of day…the key thing to remember is the mind is a powerful tool that you have to keep nourishing.

So, how do I overcome writers block?

It happens, more often than I would like.  Even when I have a really great idea in my head, it can sometimes be difficult for me to get it down on paper!

Music

This is why I use music; some writers need to have complete silence, but not me.  Music inspires me, if I am writing an upbeat scene, I will play an upbeat song, if I am writing a romantic scene then I play a romantic song…music puts me in the zone.  My first book had a playlist, and I know that all the rest of my future books will too.

Getting out and about

If I don’t get out and about, my writing suffers.  I become stagnant.Yosimite

As a writer, my senses are often heighted; I listen to the way people speak, watch the way things move, how people act, the expressions on faces, everything around me is story material.  So, whether it’s a walk in my local town to people watch, or a trek with nature, or exploring a new country, getting out of the house gives me fuel to write!

 

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They say that a picture is worth a thousand words.  I am forever taking photos, taking pictures allows me to capture a moment in time so I can go back to it and put that picture into a thousand words.

 

 

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Probably one of the easiest ways in which to overcome writers block is to read…read…and keep reading.  To be a writer you have to be an avid reader, the two go hand in hand.  Finding an author that you  love and admire can be incredibly inspiring, and may give you a kick up the backside to get back to your own storytelling!

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Today my friend and fellow author, Alison Mello releases:  Saved by a Solider.  I am so excited to read it; especially as Alison has focused on PTSD, which I also wrote about in my debut novel.

If the cover isn’t enough to lure you in, I suggest you read the gripping story line…

 Saved by a Solider

“She had his protection, but she wanted his love.”SBAS

Patricia Ann Fitzgerald is no man’s arm candy…

Refusing to entertain her mother’s ridiculous notion that she should become the perfect little housewife for her ex-boyfriend Ben, Patty escapes to her father’s lake house to focus on what matters most to her. She has to break through her writer’s block and start her next book.

Medically discharged from the service and suffering from PTSD, Carter Montgomery is still trying to get his life back in order…

When Carter’s father Jackson suggests a week at the lake, it’s not only so he can gain a little clarity about his future. Jackson has other plans for his recovering son, intending for him to watch over his best friend’s daughter while she’s on a solo writing retreat—an idea that doesn’t please Carter at all.

Patty finds it hard to get any work done when her attention keeps diverting to the handsome stranger next door…

Patty is persuaded to attend a charity event, despite knowing her ex will be in attendance. When Ben rudely interrupts Patty’s dance with her father and drags her off the floor, Carter is quick to intervene. He’s tired of admiring Patty from afar, and refuses to see her treated that way. Ready to ditch the stuffy event, Patty escapes with her savior someplace where they can finally talk.

Ben always gets what he wants, and he isn’t willing to let Patty slip away…

IMG_2410Patty fights to preserve her blooming relationship with Carter from the critical eyes of her mother and the scheming ways of her ex. Will Carter manage to get his life back in order in time to save Patty from the life she never wanted?

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Life has changed since having my son almost three years ago.  Having a lay-in means sleeping past 8am.  Rewind to his new-born days and 8am was the stuff that dreams were made of…You all know the term ‘there are never enough hours in the day’ well it’s never been truer for me.  I don’t have a typical day.  I am a working mum, with three cats, a dog, and two bunnies (did I mention that I love animals?) I used to be a corporate rat, uninspired and jumping on and off London busses and tubes. I guess the good thing about my commute was having the opportunity to read lots of books, and visualising the day that I would actually write and publish one.

Lucas and IWhen my son was born in October 2012, I ditched my London life and focused on being a mum.  It was during this time that I really started to think about my future.  If I was going to one day tell my little boy that he could be anything that he wanted to be, then I knew I had to lead by example.  Having my son gave me every reason to try harder.  I wrote my first novel around being a mum and working my day job.  I was beyond tired, but it was all worth it.

There were many twists and turns in the road, and I’ll save that for another post, but I eventually got the book contract that I had been waiting for.  Here I am in June 2016 with a little boy, a house full of four-legged furs, married to my best friend, juggling my part-time hospital job with my author life.  I don’t sleep much.  I guess you can understand why…

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workLet’s talk about the day-job. I work as a Ward Managers Assistant in a Trauma & Orthopaedics Ward. I start at 8am and finish around 6pm, usually without a break—I do this three days a week. The days are long in hours, but I am so busy, it never feels long. Being a mum is the most demanding job, I am in the terrible two zone. On the two days I’m home with my little boy, I can be reading books, drawing dinosaurs (which I am awful at.) I may even be watching Peppa Pig, or trekking the woods with my little sidekick and my gorgeous German Shepherd.

My writing life is very full on. I never actually switch off. Thankfully, I have a very supportive husband who understands my level of crazy when I am in the thick of a novel. I don’t follow a set routine when writing. I do like writing directly on a PC or laptop, I used to write longhand, but it was all too time consuming and the truth is that it is far easier for me to develop a story by writing on a computer.

Whatever day it is. I always start it off with using my daily greatness journal, I feel like a much better version of myself when I put myself in a positive zone. daily greatness

When getting down to write, I select a song that I think fits to the theme of my story on YouTube and then I let it play through, randomly. Some of my best writing has been created when I have let music guide me.

Saturday however is a little more structured. This is the day when I pamper myself. I start the morning off by going for a walk with my husband, son, and dog, or I lock myself away and write. Saturday afternoons are for my weekly blow-dry. I am hair obsessed, and I love nothing better than having somebody else washing and making my hair look fabulous. Because when you feel good, you feel like you can take on the world!hair pic

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