Welcome Marie-Claude Bourque and her gothic paranormal romance, ANCIENT WHISPERS

My Favorite Writing Motivational Tools.

Last summer, I got into a pretty serious writing block. No matter what I tried I just couldn’t write. So I ended up buying Margie Lawson’s Defeat your Self-Defeating Behaviors class notes. Like everything Margie, the notes were fantastic and helped me a lot. I still read them when I need an extra push.

Sometimes you need a little dangling carrot to get things done and Margie suggests small treats for when you finish things you plan to do. I wrote an entire manuscript by treating myself after each small victory. I would download a song from iTunes for each scene I wrote. I can write one or two a day, so that was one or two songs a day. It kept me going. If I wrote 5 times a week, I would treat myself to an ebook. Those are cheap and were instant gratification straight to my iPhone.

Since I’ve been writing, I always treated myself to a pair of Doc Martens for each book I finish. Not sold, just finished. Because that way, I know that no matter what, I can reach my goal and get those shoes.

My biggest motivational tool is an Italian charm bracelet that I wear every day. I got the idea from author Gina Robinson. Hers is made of dangling charms, but mine is flat so that I can wear it constantly.

Before I sold, I would buy a charm for each story I wrote. I told myself that when the whole bracelet was filled, I would finally sell. Now I’m thinking that I’ll breakthrough when I write all those stories. So far I have 4 charms: a fleur-de-lis for ANCIENT WHISPERS, a French flag for a yet-to-be published paranormal set in Paris and called GOTHIC KNIGHT, an anchor for a to-be-submitted shifter novella about a heroine who works on a fishing boat and a ruby-like gem for heroine’s name in the sequel to ANCIENT WHISPERS.

When I get discouraged, I looked at this bracelet and its 12 empty spots and I vow to fill them, knowing that with each one I’m becoming a better writer.

What do you do to stay motivated?


Marie-Claude Bourque is the American Title V winner and author of ANCIENT WHISPERS, a sensual gothic paranormal romance filled with sorcerers and Celtic priestesses in search for eternal love in modern time.  She worked as a climate research scientist, a scientific translator and a fitness expert until she turned to fiction writing. She draws her inspiration from the French legends of her childhood and a fascination for dark fantasy.

ANCIENT WHISPERS, a Dorchester –Love Spell release is available now wherever books are sold. Find more at www.mcbourque.com and don’t forget to enter the contest for her month-long virtual release party at www.mcbourque.com/launchparty

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9 Responses to “Welcome Marie-Claude Bourque and her gothic paranormal romance, ANCIENT WHISPERS”
  1. M-C is in the house! We’re so happy to have you with us today. I use Book Trailers to keep me motivated. During a project, I’ll look for images and music which helps me connect to the themes and characters while I’m writing. When I’ve finished and I receive a final cover, I create the trailer as kind of a mini-celebration and memento.

    Here’s the one I created for Savage Sanctuary (writing as Jacqueline Barbary) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L46GGg8vc-g

    And here’s the one I created for Unforgiven, a vampire romance

  2. Suzanne Rock says:

    Hi MC! so good to have you here. It’s so funny that you mention itunes songs as a way to stay motivated. I’m using the same thing for my current WIP. Every time I finish a chapter, I give myself a song. I’m at the final editing stage right now, and once I submit it, I’m going to buy myself a whole album. Bribery works.:)

    I’ve also used Trublood as an award. We don’t get HBO, so hubby bought me the first season of Trublood. If I finished my writing goal for the day, I got to watch one episode. Then I’d have to hit the next milestone before I could watch another episode. It is amazing how well that stuff works. 🙂

    Thanks again for stopping by!

  3. Welcome to the blog! My little bribe to finish a chapter of one work is to be able to write a chapter in the next LOL

    But, when I finish a book, I’ll buy a new shirt or a handful of books for my e-reader.

    Very rarely do I ever do anything to celebrate selling a book. How weird is that? LOL

  4. Amanda Vyne says:

    Hello M-C! Welcome to the Shadows. I love your reward system. I may have to borrow that charm bracelet idea. When I hit “the end” I stand up and fall face down on the floor and contemplate the splinter I just got in my cheek. I’m thinking it’s not as motivating as far an incentives go…. 😉

  5. Susan Blexrud says:

    Love post, Marie-Claude. Thanks for visiting us at EtS today. I love your bracelet. I have a “Nominations” bracelet, too, though it’s filled with charms representing my kids, animals, and hobbies. My husband gave me a “book” charm for Mother’s Day. I agree that Margie Lawson provides wonderful advice. One of my writing partners has taken her online classes and raves about them. Again, thanks for being here, and keep rewarding yourself for a job well done.

  6. Linda Henderson says:

    Well, when I accomplish something I usually buy a book or movie that I’ve wanted. I try setting small goals so I can accomplish them easier and before I know it, I’m done. If it’s a big project I break it up in parts and then treat myself when they are all done.

  7. wanda flanagan says:

    Hi Marie-Claude Ancient Whsipers sounds right up my alley .I love the idea of sorcerers and preistesses in modern times .

  8. Stacey Smith says:

    sound just like a book that i would read love Paranormal book can’t wait to get my hands on this book.


  9. Hi everyone,
    Sorry to take so long to get over here! I love your motivation ideas!
    Best and thanks for having me at ETS

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