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Moving Beyond Writer’s Block

Posted by Mary Maurice on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 07:30 AM

CreateWriteNow is pleased to host Mary Maurice and her captivating new book, Bertrum Lee, as part of her WOW-WomenOnWriting Blog Tour.

Writer’s block is all in the head!

Butrum Lee by Mary Maurice.jpgWriter’s block is an area that I’m not very familiar with since I’ve never had the displeasure of experiencing the dreaded disease.  And I’m sure that is what it feels like to some writer’s.  Dis-ease!  I find that in writing, if I don’t pressure myself the words flow evenly and rhythmically, while keeping in mind, that there are more drafts ahead, easing any tension that might be building.

There is nothing more exciting than re-drafting, save for the first draft, which to me is like a birth.  And with each re-write an author gives its creation a personality, direction, purpose, forming it into the final beautiful piece of work it was destined to be.  I was just talking to a friend of mine about writing, and he asked me what do I think about when I write, and where do I get my ideas.  I told him that I don’t think about writing, I just sit down and write, and that usually the titles come to me first, and the ideas next.

A lot of times I’ll sit down to write and something totally different appears than what I’d intended.  Those are the times that remind me that I am just a channel for someone else’s story.  And that in itself inspires me to write on!  So, these are my words.  This technique works for me, and I’m not suggesting it’s a strategy for everyone, but so far in my career, this has worked.  

Just remember, stagnation causes blockage!

Excerpt from Mary Maurice's new book, Burtrum Lee

Coated with a life of lies and deceit, Burtrum Lee Conner is sick to her stomach. Dozens of times throughout her life the feeling of not being who she is has tormented her. But she kept it to herself, believing that maybe it’s just a chemical imbalance of some kind considering she is one of the first artificially-inseminated babies of the nineteen sixties. Now, there’s more though, something much deeper, much more maniacal than she could have ever imagined. She’s not the first test tube baby at all, but the first….

Burtrum Lee Conner, born into a world of scientific mystery, discovers that the life she’s been leading for the past forty years, is the wrong one. Her parent’s Jed and Jane Conner, stealing her as an infant, brought Lee up as their own. Even her devoted grandmother, Clair Conner, kept this secret close to her chest until they were found out. And now, Lee Conner’s biological mother, Katie Lee, wants her back, but not before the diabolical Dr. Stone has his say.

Burtrum Lee is available in ebook and in print on Amazon and Goodreads 

Paperback: 219 pages
Genre: Scientific Mystery
Publisher: Silver Leaf Books LLC (August 28, 2017)

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About the Author:

When I was a child growing up in the Detroit area, I thought I wanted to be a painter, and then as a teenager the idea of being a musician intrigued me, then as a young adult, I realized that I’m a writer.

After attending Western Michigan University for two party filled years, I decided to leave academia and explore the real world to learn what life is truly about.  For fifteen years I’ve traveled the country working in restaurants, writing and doing readings wherever I was welcome.

While living in Minneapolis during my twenties, I was fortunate enough to be tutored by Dr. Jonis Agee, who was at the time head of the creative writing department at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul.  Her lessons were imprinted in me for all of these years, and have influenced my writing ever since.

My adventures landed me in San Diego, Chicago, San Francisco, and Oregon, finally leading me to the Land of Enchantment where I’ve resided since 1994.  Living in Santa Fe, and the beauty and isolation that surrounds me, has inspire my creative muse in ways that no other place has.  While still working in the hospitality industry, my passion for the craft of writing has never been stronger.  And I know with each sentence I write, and every paragraph I compose, my ultimate goal is to find the perfect word.

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Find Mary Online:

Website: http://www.marymaurice.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marymauriceauthor/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/MMauriceAuthor


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