How to un-block…

Writers often share stories of being blocked. They sit down to write and the white screen mocks them or their characters are in a pickle without a clear exit plan. Twitter, especially, is filled with stories about being blocked.

So I ask you…how do YOU get un-blocked? What are the techniques or events that have lead you to your breakthroughs?

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Behind the Scenes

Here’s one of the photos taken for my recent work in progress, Bee Wars.

This will be the third of my children’s books which are illustrated by pictures I take and then translate into comic style images using the app Clip2Comic.

The books take a great deal of time to put together even after the story is written. Models have to pretend a great deal, not always easy with a camera in their faces. I take between 150-200 photos to get the 25-30 I need for the book.

As a reminder (wink, wink) my first two children’s books with the wonderful models who helped bring the story to life:

Gladiola – It’s in the name.

It’s right in there…GLAD.

Yesterday, at a local grocery store I stumbled across some gladiolas on sale. Delighted, I scooped up the bright red ones for my mantel. As I glanced at them from time to time, they just made me happy….glad.

Watching a gladiola bloom up the stalk is like watching the whole of spring in fast-forward. Each blossom is sweet, but together on the stalk they dramatically say, “I am apologetically magnificent.

Thank you, gladiolas, for gracing my living room.