Eileen Cook Author, Writing Consultant, Editor

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REMEMBER Contest

rememberMy new book REMEMBER comes out soon- so why not celebrate with a contest?

How would you like to win not only a FREE copy of REMEMBER, but also a free copy of the Cat Patrick novel of your choice? Why share Cat’s book too? (Other than the fact they are fabulous?) Because Cat was nice enough to say this about REMEMBER:

‚ÄúCompelling combination of twisty mystery and realistic romance.”

Entering to win is easy. All you have to do is tweet or Facebook any of the following:
– A copy of the cover and how you’re looking forward to reading it.
– Any one of the buy links listed below

Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781481416962
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Eileen-Cook/dp/1481416960
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/remember-eileen-cook/1119701400
Chapters/Indigo: http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/remember/9781481416962-item.html

Be sure if you put it on Facebook you tag me and if you use twitter include @eileenwriter so you’re sure to be entered.

A winner will be selected March 6, 2015

Random Monday

Random thoughts in my head in no particular order:

In case I haven’t hustled my own book to you already (My dad is in the clear- he buys by the case lot. I’m looking at the rest of you here)- just a reminder that my new book REMEMBER is out February 24. No reason to play hard to get. Feel free to order now.

I am somewhat impressed that the bulk of spam I get to this site is for designer handbags. There are moments when I feel like they almost get me- then they send spam for erectile dysfunction and I rethink that idea.

This week is DH’s birthday. I am plotting a birthday cake- lemon raspberry. Not only does this allow me to spoil him (which he richly deserves) but also lets me bust out my KitchenAid mixer which gives me great joy.

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Random Monday

So I’ve noticed that I am getting a higher quality of spam emails compared to even just a few months ago. It used to be all erectile dysfunction and access to drugs, but now apparently all the designers want in on this game, with offers of cheap Michael Kors’ handbags and Prada shoes. I feel like this is a positive step.

In other news YEAR OF MISTAKEN DISCOVERIES is now available in paperback. If you were holding out, not wanting hardcover, now is your chance. Don’t miss this opportunity.

As long as you are going book buying why not pre-order REMEMBER which comes out in February. Make me feel popular.

If you are looking for a way to be nice to a writer in your life (say me, for example) reviews are always welcome. Most book buying sites allow you to post them and it does help other readers find a book they may like. You can also wrap your car with color reproductions of my covers and drive around if you like.

I recently had to get a criminal record background check for my day job. Apparently we’re supposed to have one done every five years and it has been (give or take) a decade since I had one complete. It came back this week. I have no criminal record of any kind. Rather disappointing to discover I don’t have a secret life where I am involved in jewel heists. I would hire someone where their criminal record said: Convicted of Internal Jewelry Heist. How cool would that person be? Far cooler than me, that much is clear.

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Storywonk comes for a visit!

I am super excited to have a guest post today from my friend Lani- owner and creator of Storywonk to give all of us who write a kick in the butt.

WRITING IS HARD

Here’s the thing; when your job is typing on a keyboard, and the average words-per-minute for a competent touch-typist is 41, it’s easy for people to think (… do the math… carry the 1…) that we, as writers, should be able to pump out four or five books a year with time off for holidays and vacations.

Sadly… that’s not always the case.

While it looks like just typing words, writing means putting your soul on the page, being vulnerable, being creative, pushing yourself to do better with this book than the last. It’s emotionally exhausting, time consuming, and terrifying.

Honestly, I’m surprised anyone writes any books at all. It would be so much easier to just get a real job.

But the thing is, for those of us called to write, we don’t really have a choice. We don’t write because it’s easy; we write because we have no choice in the matter. We’re kind of stuck.

That doesn’t mean we can’t make it easier on ourselves, though, and that’s why I’m sharing these five tips to take the edge off writing.

1. Don’t wait for inspiration. I know, you hear this over and over and over again. Get those hands on the keyboard! Write! Drop and give me 20 pages! Now! And… there is some sense to it, but it’s also way easier said than done. My advice varies just a touch; while I don’t recommend that you wait for inspiration, I also don’t think you have to force yourself to write without it. There are things you can do to hunt inspiration down and make it answer your call. The first thing is, engage with narrative as much as you can. Television, movies, and especially books if you’re writing novels. Always have a stocked Kindle and a hefty Netflix queue at the ready. Also, creating soundtracks for your novel and doing collages are a great way of attracting your muse. When you’re uninspired, it’s easier to force yourself to create a soundtrack than it is to force the words on the page, and inspiration usually strikes during the process. Try it; I think you’ll be glad you did.

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