Friday, January 20, 2023

New Beginnings: How to Jump-Start Your Writing By Connie Vines #Round Robin Blog #Writing Tips

Round Robin Blog Fest, January 21, 2023 

While increased personal responsibilities have forced Rhobin Courtright to retire as the leader of our monthly round-robin, Skye Taylor has volunteered to oversee the Round Rhobin flock. 

This month's topic: 
New Beginnings - how do you motivate yourself to get back to writing when 
Life has interrupted your flow, and/or how do you begin a new writing challenge?

The holiday season and the winter weather prompt me to reassess my life and goals for the incoming year. 

I'm ready to start a new project upon January's arrival.

What works for me?

  • My local writing chapter offers monthly online workshops. I participated in several during the holidays. Penny Sansevieri taught one workshop. I also participated in a workshop led by Allie Pleuter. Both of these workshops were interactive, informative, and fun!

  • I read and study some of the novels I have stacked in my office. 1 non-fiction, 1 NY Times best-seller, a favorite classic, and a book my mother sent me: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (a pristine 1945 hardbound copy ) and genre fiction. 

  • I still keep my daily journal, but I enabled the mic feature to switch it up a bit this time. I will return to the pen-and-paper method as it feels like a diary. Speaking my thoughts verbally seems...less intimate.

  • I also spend time with family members (2 winter weddings, holiday celebrations, children's birthdays, etc.). Change of location, interaction, and ensuing chaos, always gives one a new idea/ slant on life.

  •  I also tried new recipes and ordered take-out/delivery meals with unfamiliar (to me cuisine). Why take-out? I was noting my sensory response from a character's POV. Tonight I chose from the Japanese menu: Okonomiyaki (an eggy pancake) and Shoyu (Raman Soup with veggies, protein, seaweed, bamboo shoots, and noodles). I expected the soup to taste salty, but it wasn't. The flavors were unfamiliar, and some of the textures were unexpected. 

  • And lastly, I varied my writing routine. I wrote 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours after dinner. I've been a night owl since birth. Therefore, this was a challenging change in my way (it required additional cups of coffee while a bit of snarkiness embedded itself into my easy-going temperament).

The other Round Robin Blog Hop members have tips and ideas to get you writing in 2023.



 Dr. Bob Rich   

Anne Graham     

Connie Vines    

Diane Bator     

A.J.  Maguire      

Victoria Chatham

Fiona McGuire    

Skye Taylor       


  1. Lots of great ways to get things moving - especially like the challenge of changing things up. I've always been one to rise to a challenge, so perhaps I'll have to try this one. As long as I don't have to actually get creative with cooking. I read a meme the other day about one of the biggest eye-openers of becoming an adult was realizing you had to think about what to prepare for supper....for the rest of your life. I feel like I've been there, done that. Workshops and journalling sound like good advice as well.

  2. I had never thought of food tasting as a creative concept. My current WIP is a contemporary western romance, maybe I should have my hero like Chinese food and order up a chow mein and then delve into Scottish delights for my next Regency!

  3. I've been inspired by food also. One of my heroines bakes lots of pies, so I've put my family's favorite recipes, along with my "never fail" pie crust recipe, on my blog. Want to eat like the characters? Bake a pie and you're there!


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