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