After being hospitalized overnight with a TIA that affected my short term memory and vocabulary, I discovered I was unnerved by the idea of speaking in public for the first time in my life, so prior to attending a writer's conference I re-read Norman Vincent Peale's book You Can If You Think You Can to boost my self-confidence.
Before each of my agent/editor appointments at the conference I chanted Peale's mantra I had adapted to fit my needs: I can if I think I can, and came away from those interviews with three requests for full manuscripts.
Now, whenever my negative genie tries to whisper in my ear You can't write that! I chant Yes, I can, and I do.
Former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt put it another way:
"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
Thinking I wish I could write a romantic suspense doesn't do it.
Saying Someday I'd like to write a romantic suspense won't do it either.
Sitting down and plotting a dynamite love story with a scary subplot will.What's holding you back? Fear? Your inner critic?
Find a way to shut her up.
Before I started writing Lawbreakers and Lovemakers I read an article on writing mysteries to get me started. "Use short sentences when the going get's tough," the author wrote. When I did, my story took off. By the time I finished writing the book I felt as if I'd been on an extended rollercoaster ride.
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