Monday, March 12, 2012

Break the Chains by Marianne Evans

We're in for a treat these next four Mondays as multi-published and award-winning author, Marianne Evans, visits with a splash of wisdom, a bucketful of encouragement, and a helping hand to share the writing journey with us. Welcome, Marianne! ~ Annette

Break the Chains
by Marianne Evans

I have a confession to make. I’m scared.

There are innumerable moments in my writing life when I fear my writing “gift” for want of a better word, will vanish. That my story ideas will disappear and my ability to express the scenes and plot scenarios in my heart, will somehow evaporate.

I’ve hit dry spells in my writing, and I think there are a few of you out there who can relate. I’ve been asked: How do you cope when words dry up? When you stare at that blinking cursor hovering over an empty page, and the words just won’t come?

The only solution I’ve found is to (gasp!) break the chain that holds me to the computer and shift emphasis. No one is asking you to leave your characters or plotline behind, but, do something different. Try some basement organizing/junk tossing. Work on the landscaping. Shovel some snow. Crochet, cross-stitch, scrapbook, or take a long drive. Perform any one of a thousand different tasks that will, yes, consume your focus, but will also allow you the luxury of accomplishing something in need of “doing” while freeing your creative side to listen to the voices of your characters, or craft the plotline (and its conflicts) that will ignite your muse to action.

When I’ve followed through on this exercise, I invariably hear the voices of my characters, sorting through their own conflict in the midst of a scene. Or, I can feel plot elements take shape as I observe the world around me outside the context of my computer screen and cyber-world.

Give it a try, and, please let me know how it works for you!! God bless, and happy writing!!

From This Day Forward
Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.

Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or Worse
But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us Part
When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.


Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories she creates. Her acclaimed novella, Hearts Crossing led to the creation of the four-book Woodland Series. Next, Evans tackles the topic of a loving marriage in turmoil in her Christian fiction debut, Devotion coming in November, 2012 from Harbourlight Books. Also in 2012, Evans kicks off her second Christian romance series with White Rose Publishing. Search & Rescue will be book one of the Sales Place series, which revolves around the folks who frequent a cozy and historic riverfront diner in downtown Detroit. A lifelong resident of Michigan, Evans is very active in a number of RWA chapters as well as ACFW and the Michigan Literary Network.

Connect with Marianne at:
Facebook Reader Page:!/pages/Marianne-Evans/308711716744
Twitter Handle: @marmo212


  1. Great post, Marianne! When I feel chained to my laptop and the words won't spill onto the page, I walk around the park, clean house, or swing on the front porch. Something different to clear the cobwebs.

    Thanks for sharing, Marianne. Congrats on your upcoming release, DEVOTION. I can't to meet you at the RT Booklovers Convention!

  2. Thank you for the warm welcome, Annette! My love to the lovely ladies of Seriously Write - and thanks so much for allowing me to visit in the weeks to come. This blog has always been a favorite of mine! God bless!

    1. Always a pleasure having you here, Marianne! Looking forward to the coming Mondays!

    2. The pleasure and blessing are all mine, Annette - THANK YOU!!! ::hugs!::

  3. I LOVE this, Marianne. Being in a dry spell of my own, I will take the advice and clean up my writing room. Maybe it will clear my head. Love you, my wonderful friend, my true blessing!

  4. Great advice!
    Good luck & God's blessings.

  5. I never know if I'm in a dry spell or not since I walk away from my writing for long stretches of time. Sometimes I wish it wasn't so, and maybe in the future it will be more of a priority for me, but for now I only write when the urge really strikes me, or the characters get too loud in my head :-), or I'm on a roll. I really love when Mary Manners gives her response to this...she mows. I think that's the best one I've ever heard!

  6. Great advice, Marianne! And I completely fact, just recently posted an article titled, "Step AWAY from Your Desk!" Same concept. We get so cloistered in our little fictional worlds that we forget to get out and make contact with the real live our real life. And where there is no life, there's death. We can't write about life if we're not living it. So breaking the chains holding us to our desk and our computer is SO important. (But it's also important to return there after our necessary hiatus into the real world...)

    Thanks for such wonderful words of wisdom! Great post - and great blog! :)

  7. As usual, great advice and inspiration, Marianne. All I can say is write on! You always lead the way!

  8. Tanya, whatever you do (and the following statement should be an addendum to my post) NEVER, EVER give up. Work through the dry spell as you feel called by God...then, get back at it!! :-) God bless!!!!

  9. Thanks, Pam!!! I'm so tickled you paid a visit!!! Donna, same to you, and, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Nothing wrong with breaks...just, keep coming back to it as you feel led. :-)

  10. Oh, Delia, I can so relate to your comments!! Lost in our own fictional worlds....and, there's nothing wrong with that, but sometimes the writing angel needs a re-charge and a re-boot!!! :-) Thanks for stopping by!! God bless!!

  11. Tanya, thanks so much for the encouragement!!! Hugs and blessings, my friend!!!


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