So You Want To Be A Writer – by Charles Bukowski

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So You Want To Be A Writer

if it doesn’t come bursting out of you
in spite of everything,
don’t do it.
unless it comes unasked out of your
heart and your mind and your mouth
and your gut,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit for hours
staring at your computer screen
or hunched over your
typewriter
searching for words,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it for money or
fame,
don’t do it.
if you’re doing it because you want
women in your bed,
don’t do it.
if you have to sit there and
rewrite it again and again,
don’t do it.
if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
don’t do it.
if you’re trying to write like somebody
else,
forget about it.
if you have to wait for it to roar out of
you,
then wait patiently.
if it never does roar out of you,
do something else.

if you first have to read it to your wife
or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
or your parents or to anybody at all,
you’re not ready.

don’t be like so many writers,
don’t be like so many thousands of
people who call themselves writers,
don’t be dull and boring and
pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
love.
the libraries of the world have
yawned themselves to
sleep
over your kind.
don’t add to that.
don’t do it.
unless it comes out of
your soul like a rocket,
unless being still would
drive you to madness or
suicide or murder,
don’t do it.
unless the sun inside you is
burning your gut,
don’t do it.

when it is truly time,
and if you have been chosen,
it will do it by
itself and it will keep on doing it
until you die or it dies in you.

there is no other way.

and there never was.

– by Charles Bukowski

Naked in His Bed – New book coming out in Sept/Oct!

Slowly, we’re getting there.
Thanks to your participation, Naked in His Bed is closer than ever to being released. Here’s the cover most people voted for:
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I’m very happy with it.
Your comments here and in the Goodreads groups really helped shape my idea of what romance readers expect in a cover. Thank you!

If you are an avid romance reader and reviewer, and are interested in an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) for purposes of reviewing the book before its release, drop me a line.

Cover Quest – Where I ask for your discerning eye

I need your opinion!

If you are a woman, or if you usually read romance novels, please vote on your favorite covers for my new book. You can vote for as many options as you like but I ask you to please vote on just the ones you really like.

Of course these images are not the real covers. They are blurry and filled with stray lines and visual muck because they are just mock-ups (prototypes). If you have trouble concentrating on the content because of the visual “noise”, try squinting. ;)

Any of these could go with the story, so don’t worry about that. Imagine you are in a bookshop and you see these books. Which would you peruse?

Without further ado, here are the covers:

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If you have any comments you can leave a comment here or send me an e-mail.
Thank you so much for your helpful opinion! It means a lot.

V&A

Last April I had the great pleasure of popping by the V&A with some friends. I really like the museum. This time I focused on their Fashion exhibition because I’m writing two historical romances (both set in different periods of the 19th Century) and I wanted to take detailed pictures of some of the gowns they have there.
I took some pictures for reference and bought their book on the subject. I highly recommend it to all interested in the history of fashion from this time period. The photos are very good, the text is helpful and the whole book is a joy to peruse.

Here are some of my photos (for more go here):

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Christmas Treasures

Books about Georgian times

This Christmas I got all the books I really wanted thanks to my nice siblings.
Can you see a theme?
I’m writing a historical novel set in the Regency period so I need to do a lot of research.
Historical romance, when well written, is a guilty pleasure of mine. I’ve been wanting to write one for a long time but only now I feel the courage to do it. Well… When I say ‘now’ I mean in the last six months or so. These books are going to help me fix some gaps in my knowledge and, hopefully, help me write an plausible story. The fact that the tale is about a gentleman and his two wives it’s another story!