I’m kicking off the week with a guest post from author Lilliana Rose about distractions from writing.
Edi Court is training to be a modern-day white witch, her unique ability is healing. Emotionally wounded from her ex, Anto, she has run away from the covenant with a need to heal herself. Following her psychic ability, she finds herself south, along the coast from Melbourne Australia, where she decides to set up her own healing shop, Crystal Sands.
Voltaire is a down to earth guy, a plumber by trade, he believes only what he sees in the physical world. The loss of his mom and sister to breast cancer and his ex, who stole his money and left him with a debt to work off, has caused him to close his heart.
Can Edi stop herself from rescuing another man and landing in deep water? Or with the Beltane energies thick in the air, can this be the start of a new relationship between two wounded souls?
Volt must become a believer in the Magiks and allow his heart to heal. And Edi must learn to trust herself again.
Will a non-believer and a believer find love over Beltane?
Writing distractions can be all sort of things for me as a writer, but the biggest one I fear, and slightly obsess over is my pen running out of ink. These days I usually write my novels straight onto the computer. But I do like to mix things up sometimes, and there are times when I write by hand. One of my fears is running out of ink and not getting the idea written down before I forget it. I’ve learnt to deal with this, well sort of, at least I try and have a few different options so that no matter what happens I can keep writing.
To prevent the annoyance of having a pen run out of ink, I might have about five pens in my handbag as insurance so I can keep on writing, especially if I’ve just been struck by inspiration, but it’s not really a safe guard. I have pens stashed around my home so if an idea spontaneously bursts into my mind I don’t have to reach far for a pen to write it down and capture the idea permanently.
The fear of losing an idea motivates me to keep an over stock of pens. I want to be ready when an idea comes and I want the pen to be full of ink because partial ideas are of no use. No matter how organised I am and how much planning I’ve done, there’s no escaping an interruption like this. Unless when I think a pen is low on ink and I throw it out. But that is wasteful, plus if I keep stopping to look at the pen to see the ink level I won’t write. Distractions need to be minimised when writing.
When I’m forced to stop, because my pen has run out, it’s like I was following my own yellow brick road in my head, skipping along, chasing an unfolding idea, next thing I stumble and wham, no road to follow, and instead I’ve got to stop and make choices. This can be a good thing. While frustrating at the time it’s something that unexpectedly influences my writing and redirects my creative expression. It’s sort of like when the wind changes direction. In the back of my mind I know it will happen, I just don’t know exactly when or what changes it might bring. I could be in the flow of writing, capturing the creativity in the moment, and being forced to stop is almost like some divine intervention and not just about the ink running out. The resulting direction changes the thoughts, or unfolding ideas, or the speed of creative flow, or completely sends me down another road in search for ideas. This is all part of the process of creative expression I’ve learnt to embrace, in an attempt to minimise writing distractions. And by having a positive spin on this, I realise that sometimes there can be benefits to writing distractions such as the pen running out of ink.
Lilliana is an Amazon Bestselling author, who writes romance in the subgenres of contemporary, paranormal, steampunk, and rural. She enjoys helping characters overcome problems, or issues, and the misunderstandings that often plague relationships, to help them fall in love. Whether it city heels being replaced with country work boots, or some magic beyond this world, or cogs and gears and corsets, each story shows how love can prevail.