A big welcome to Sarah Beth Durst who is here counting down the Top 10 Top Ten Tricks for Fighting Writer’s Block and celebrating the release of Conjured, (published on September 3, 2013 by Bloomsbury/Walker).
Sarah Beth Durst’s Top 10 Top Ten Tricks for Fighting Writer’s Block
Last week, my new YA novel CONJURED came out. (Yay!!!!!) It’s about a girl in the paranormal witness protection program, who, haunted by visions of carnival tents and tarot cards, must remember her past and why she has strange abilities before a magic-wielding serial killer hunts her down.
And it’s my seventh novel.
This surprises me in the same way I’m surprised that I’m not twenty anymore. Or that it’s not still June. (Seriously, it’s September? Exactly when did that happen? I feel like stores are going to be playing holiday music soon and I’m not ready to give up wearing sandals…) Anyway, one thing I’ve learned both through being a writer and by talking with other writers is that every single writer for nearly every single novel encounters a moment where they feel doomed and the project feels hopeless and awful.
This is completely normal. And it’s not permanent. Everyone has tricks for getting through this “doomed” stage without succumbing to writer’s block. Different tricks works for different people, and different ones work for different projects at different times. With that caveat in mind, here are my top ten tricks for fighting off writer’s block:
Sarah Beth Durst
Available on September 3, 2013 by Bloomsbury/Walker
Eve has a new home, a new face, and a new name—but no memories of her past. She’s been told that she’s in a witness protection program. That she escaped a dangerous magic-wielding serial killer who still hunts her. The only thing she knows for sure is that there is something horrifying in her memories the people hiding her want to access—and there is nothing they won’t say—or do—to her to get her to remember.
At night she dreams of a tattered carnival tent and buttons being sewn into her skin. But during the day, she shelves books at the local library, trying to not let anyone know that she can do things—things like change the color of her eyes or walk through walls. When she does use her strange powers, she blacks out and is drawn into terrifying visions, returning to find that days or weeks have passed—and she’s lost all short-term memories. Eve must find out who and what she really is before the killer finds her—but the truth may be more dangerous than anyone could have ever imagined.
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