Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

Ciao, amici! What a whirlwind of a week! Mr. Muse returned. I had a book release. A friend visited with a cover reveal. My WIP took a turn I hadn’t expected—and I outline, for Pete’s sake. How did that happen?

The unexpected turn was more antagonist-related than monster-related, but it made something kind of cool really cool. And now I’m ready to turn my monsters loose. That’s why this quote from Stephen King really resonated with me this week:

I try to create sympathy for my characters,
then turn the monsters loose.

Lots of ups this week, and only a few downs. All in all, I can’t complain. I’m still worried about my deadlines, and now my daughter is coming home for a visit, which means less writing time. Does that make me worry more? Absolutely. Do I plan to work through the visit? Absolutely not. When she’s asleep or visiting friends, I’ll squeeze a few words in, but I refuse to give up family time. I see her so infrequently as it is, I can’t ignore her during the time allotted me.

I know I hit your inbox a lot this week. Thanks for putting up with me. I’m 99.99% sure I won’t post again until next week, so you’ll get a break. πŸ˜„

In the meantime, how about you tell me about the monsters you turned loose this week?

And now, this week’s writing links:

Posts by me, about my work, or at sites I contribute to:


Story Empire

Posts by others in the industry:

To make you smile:

And when you’re done with these links, don’t forget to check out the sidebar, where you’ll find more links to some of my favorite sites.

Have a great week! Arrivederci!

36 thoughts on “Author Inspiration and This Week’s Writing Links

  1. Whew! Busy, busy. But you are right to spend the time with your daughter while she’s home. Family first (even if they drive you nuts or forget you really like chocolate-covered coffee beans and he works in a candy shop). I haven’t turned any monsters loose this week, but I am (trying) to do my homework. Today’s migraine just isn’t cooperating. Good thing the weekend is two days long πŸ˜€ Then again, three days would be better. πŸ˜€

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    • I’m nearly crippled with all the work I’m missing while my daughter is home. I’ll be bitc—complaining about it for weeks (later, after she leaves) but I’m not giving up my time with her. I have no idea when I’ll see her again.

      Hope you’re over your migraine now.

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  2. Staci, you have had a busy week — but the unexpected in your novel sounds fun. I got a huge kick out of that quote. I don’t guess I’ve loosed any monsters (but if the man across the street tries to hit on me again I might). Rather my allergies have released a monster on me, and now I look like the Creature from the Black Lagoon. (And still the crazy stalker across the street — proof positive that he’s crazy.)
    I’m happy that you’ll get to see your daughter for Mother’s Day. Hugs on the wing!

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    • I’m glad your muse is hanging around:) That’s such a true quote by Stephen King. I’ve been working on the sympathy all week and ended up with another direction to explore. I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day and weekend with your daughter, also congrats on a successful release!

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      • I’m glad he’s here, too. I need his help.

        Another direction is good. I love it when that happens. (I hope you do, too, and you aren’t stymied by this development.)

        Thanks for the kind wishes, and have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. You’ve really had a wall-to-wall week but it’s all good stuff, so congratulations. It sounds like your muse really sparked your imagination. I love when stories take unexpected turns, because they always enrich the plot.

    I didn’t manage much this week..a few blog posts but no other writing. And I started reading an excellent sci-fi novel called The Gate. I crashed in bed early last night with no reading time but I plan to make up for it tonight πŸ˜€

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  4. Wow! πŸ˜€ A fabulous week for you, Staci and how amazing to have a turn in your WIP … the magic of fiction is that anything is possible and I love the quote from the King! I wonder what is going to happen to your character? Have a brilliant time with your daughter – precious moments! A very happy weekend to you all! πŸ˜€πŸŒΊ

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