Death by Chocolate #MFRWAuthor 52-week Blog Challenge

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If I could eat ONE last meal… I’d go for death by chocolate. Seriously.

Oddly enough, I’d pondered this question recently when it came up in a survey on Family Feud. I knew right away what I would do.

Forget the steak and lobster, burgers and fries, pizza and beer, etc. Give me chocolate suicide cake, Sacher torte, dark chocolate truffles, French-style hot chocolate that looks like molten cacao. Yummy. With luck I’d be in a hypoglycemic stupor when they strap me to the gurney.

Mozart Cake Mozart Cake at Cafe Mozart, Old Town Prague

My name is Linda McLaughlin and I’m a chocoholic. What’s your weakness? What would you want to gorge on if you could only have ONE last meal?


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Word by Word #amwriting #MFRWauthor 52-Week #Blog Challenge

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This week’s topic in the #MFRWauthor 52-Week Blog Challenge is ” Word Counts Matter… How much? How often?”

This is a question much debated by writers and there’s no one right answer. Every author has a different process, some more successful than others. As Nora Roberts said, one thing is for sure, “you can’t fix a blank page.” That’s why we need to type out those words, one by one at a time.

 -Min Writing Habit civerWhen I hit a writer’s block after my husband’s death, I took a class on Speed Writing. The instructor recommended a number of books, but the one that helped me get started again was The 8-Minute Writing Habit: Create a Consistent Writing Habit That Works With Your Busy Lifestyle (Growth Hacking For Storytellers #3) by Monica Leonelle. I tried the exercise where you commit to writing for no more than 8 minutes a day for 8 days. After the first few days, I was writing for 8 minutes plus an hour more. Once I got started it was easy to keep going until I finished the draft of my Western historical, Lily and the Gambler.

Lily and the Gambler coverWhile I do recommend this method in getting a rough draft done, we all know that writing is re-writing, and once we’re in edit/revision mode, it’s no longer about putting words on the page so much as making those words shine. Alas this can be a longer process.

Still, we get nowhere without getting those words on the page, so here’s to words, without which books would not exist.

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P.O. Lily and the Gambler is on sale this summer for only 99 cents at Amazon Kindle, BN/Nook and Smashwords.