Write what you know, but don’t stop there!

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“Write what you know.” I have heard that phrase several times this week. The simple sentence confines my imagination and the imagination of the reader in my opinion. I write fiction filled with the unknown, laced with some semblance of truth—my truth. In that sense I write what I know, but I don’t stop there.

I have always loved to research topics, any topic. My parent’s claim that my first word was why and I have been asking why, ever since. This element of my personality makes me a great researcher. If I don’t know about a topic you can be sure I am going to find out every detail before I write about it.

Currently, we have the world readily available—literally. I jump on the internet and type in any subject I want to explore and shazam, there it is. (This is where I will interject the disclaimer.) Don’t…

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It’s stuck in my head, and I can’t get it out!

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I thought this was a great post and wanted to share it with my followers. I highly recommend you check out Kenna’s website. She is a star in the making!! –Enjoy

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I have read varying opinions on writers block and how to solve the problem. Do writing exercises, lots of them. Go for a walk, don’t go for a walk, just keep writing (burying her face in her hands this writer stops to sigh). Is this making you as anxious as it is making me? Meanwhile, I am still staring at my computer screen until I throw up my hands and go do the laundry. It’s there; I know it is! I have an idea, and I understand the story I want to write, but it’s stuck in my head and I can’t get it out—what do I do?

Here is my suggestion… If the story, scene, or blog post isn’t developing like you want it to, maybe it doesn’t want to be told! In that case, it is time to shift gears.

I remember when I first developed my idea…

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day…

In celebration of my Irish heritage I want to share a clip from one of my favorite Irish films “The Wind that Shakes the Barley”–Enjoy!

May your life be filled with moments that inspire you!

March Mysteries & Thrillers…

March Madness is here!! (and I am not referring to basketball)–I am referring to books.

Here are a few of my March mystery suggestions.

  1. Breaking Point, by C. J. Box
  2. Six Years, by Harlan Coben
  3. The Obituary Writer: A Novel, by Ann Hood
  4. Murder Below Montparnasse, by Cara Black
  5. Bay of Fires: A Novel, by Poppy Gee
  6. The Accursed, by Joyce Carol Oates
  7. Golden Egg, by Donna Leon
  8. A Dying Fall: A Ruth Galloway Mystery, by Elly Griffiths
  9. Donnybrook: A Novel, by Frank Bill
  10. The Andalucian Friend: A Novel, by Alexander Soderberg

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May your life be filled with moments that inspire you!

Poetry to Inspire…

I recently discover the “Wild Irish Poet” and wanted to share the beauty of his poetry on this lazy Sunday morning.

Take time to enjoy the beauty around you, and may your life be filled with moments that inspire you!

There’s no place like home…

In honor of Oscar Sunday I want to remember one of the motion picture greats—“The Wizard of Oz”.

It has been 74 years since the movie’s release and it lives on today in those of us who are still young at heart.  The film was nominated for Best picture, it lost to another MGM film, “Gone with the Wind”.  However, it won the Oscar for best original song-“Over the Rainbow”.  The U. S. Library of Congress considered the film to be “culturally significant”, and selected the movie for preservation in the National Film Registry, in 1989. The film is also among the British Film Institutes top ten films you should see by the age of 14, but I think if you are still alive and kicking you should see this “movie great” at least once a year!

Let’s not forget L. Frank Baum, the American author whose creative genius was the catalyst for this wonderful motion picture.  Baum, who was the author of the 14 original Oz books, died 20 years before the film’s release.  Although he never saw his work on the big screen I think he would be pleased with the legacy he left for future generations.

May your life be filled with moments that inspire you!

Happy Valentine’s Day…

Happy Valentine’s Day from TJay’s Bookshelf

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You know what’s coming next…Yes, another list of romantic movies.

Here are five of my favorite “chick flicks”:

  1. The Notebook
  2. City of Angles
  3. The Lake House
  4. Kate & Leopold
  5. You’ve Got Mail

May your life be filled with moments that inspire you!

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