Welcome Guest Author, Beth Carter!

Writing through Writer’s Block

There is something really sad when a story is half-way through and the motivation for the characters up and dries out. Questions like “how do I resolve this situation” or “where do I take them now” abound through the mind, adding to the frustration of writing. As a writer, I’ve had my fair share of writer’s block, and I’ve discovered for myself that it’s best to let the story go. I save it, store it, and sometimes I go back and revisit in case something jumps into my mind.

I’ve only had one book I had to work off deadline, and that was A Silver Lining, a Battle of the Sexes story published through Loose Id. I turned in my story synopsis and outline to my editor in July and I had to have it finished by November. Whenever I got stuck on something I would move away from the section I was trying to write and move on to another part. Since I didn’t have the option to sit back and wait for motivation, I found this method worked best for me. By having something to look forward to and connect with, I was able to manipulate my characters into getting to point B a lot faster.

Some stories are easier to write than others. Such is the case for my first M/M romance-You Can Run. It was written in my mind when I moved from Baton Rouge, LA to Los Angeles, and when I sat down to my computer I wrote it in two weeks! Through my entire journey across Interstate 40, I saw Big Rig trucks traveling up and down the road. At night I would see them lined up in a row, bunked down for the driver to rest at truck stops. I started imagining one of my heroes, Kyle, a young kid with a secret who needed to get out of town. I pictured how the driver of a truck, Del, would react to having such a guest. I must have taken a thousand pictures of trucks and the countryside to use for this story!

As I said before, there are some stories that a writer must let go of. For me, it usually stems from the characters completely taking over and leading me away from the vision I had of the story. When that happens I have to rethink the entire plot and sometimes this is just not that easy. There are key scenes I want to have happen, but they wouldn’t make a lick of sense with how the twists are taking me.

Other times I let go of a story because a new idea has come to me and I feel too excited by it to let it rest. This is perhaps the worst scenario, because I’ve already given life to the characters I’ve created and I end up shelving them. It’s like putting a pet outside in the rain.

And sometimes I put a story on hold simply because I have to break for editing. Usually there is a deadline for edits turnaround, so sometimes the writing muse has to be silenced. But writer’s block?…nah. Too many voices wanting their story to be told.

 

**I would love to give away a PDF version of You Can Run to one person! Just leave a comment and a random winner will be picked tomorrow…so make sure to leave a way to contact you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Beth D. Carter

www.bethdcarter.com

http://bethdcarter.blogspot.com/

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Beth’s Bio:

I am a full time writer and stay at home mom which means I watch a lot of Pixar films. Over and over and over again. I hate washing dishes but I love cooking. I hate washing clothes but I love wearing them. I try to write characters who aren’t cookie cutters, ones who are full of angst but where love redeems them. I push myself to write complicated situations that I have no idea how to resolve, forcing me to think outside the box. Music inspires me as do the boats and arguing seals in the marina where I live. I hate people who don’t pick up their dog’s crap in public places and I really hate people who are rude and condescending. I especially hate discrimination in all and every form. The perfect birthday presents are gift certificates to bookstores. And I love to hear from readers. I’m really easy to find on Facebook or Twitter.

Men of May Giveaway Winner!

Hey everyone!

Thanks so much for reading and all the awesome comments! As promised, today is the day that I pick a winner for the Men of May Bloghop Giveaway. The prize? My first m/m novella, A Single Man’s Valentine. And the lucky winner is…

 

LISA! CONGRATULATIONS!

 

She commented on May 5th and will soon be the proud new owner of my eBook. Look for an email from me shortly.

Thanks again for reading and commenting. It really brightened my weekend :)

 

Until next time…

xo,
P.K.

Last Day for Men of May!

So today is the last day for the Men of May Bloghop and also your last chance to enter for a chance to win my m/m novella, A Single Man’s Valentine. All you have to do is comment on this post or the previous one and tomorrow I will pick one random winner. Also don’t forget to click the link below to hop around to some of the other blogs participating in the hop.

So what—or rather who—shall we talk about today?

I’d like to tell you about a very special man in my life. He’s my mother’s best friend from high school. He’s funny and kind and always there when we need him. He’s a great guy that everyone likes. Once you meet him, you can’t help liking him. He’s a constant presence in a world that can be chaotic and at times unstable. He’s fun to be around and is awesome at grilling. He can put a smile on my face no matter what mood I’m in. His daughters are lucky to have him for a dad.

Even though this post is short and sweet, it’s all truth. The only problem with Mike, is that there are only so many ways you can say someone is a great person that you’re honored to have as a friend. I may not tell him enough, but he’s the best guy I know and I love him very much.

 

xo,
P.K.

 

Click the pic to see a list of participating blogs! Men of May Blog Hop

Also, remember to leave a comment to be entered into the random drawing for a copy of my m/m novella, A Single Man’s Valentine, which is my first publication.

Men of May Blog Hop!

Seems I’ve been away for a while. But I’m back for the Men of May Blog Hop!

This blog hop is all about the men in our lives; whether they be men in our personal lives, famous men we adore, the characters in our books, etc. So who am I choosing to write about? To be honest, this was a hard choice for me as there aren’t a lot of men in my life. I was raised around mostly women but have had a few nice father figures in my life. I’m also very much single at the moment. So who should I write about?

To tell you the truth, as I’m sitting here writing this, I’m still not entirely sure.

But maybe the best man for me to write about is my newest character in my newest work-in-progress. His name is Taylor Compton; strong, dark and handsome, but entirely soft and cuddly. He sings like a bird, his range exquisite, glory notes and all; he’ll give you chills. He was in one of those reality show singing competitions and made some amazing friends; his best friend being Temperance Stuart.

Taylor is a man that can’t stand to see his friends—who always manage to become family—hurt in any way, shape or form. So when Temperance comes back for the tour and has changed so drastically from a traumatizing experience, there’s nothing he wants more than to help her get back to who she used to be. He hates seeing her terrified of the world when she used to be bubbly and out-going, always smiling and having a good time.

Taylor is the kind of man I think most straight women—and gay men—would love to have as their very own. I know I would. He’s warm, smart, funny, playful… he’s the best of everything. But when you take a closer look, he’s got insecurities just like everyone else. He hates his freckles, thinks his stomach could be flatter and even hates being six-foot-four at times. Although he has these insecurities, for the most part he loves the person he is and he wants everyone to feel the same about themselves. He’s kind-hearted and fiercely protective of those he cares about. Don’t you wish you could have him too?

Temperance, his best friend, is the one girl that can turn his world upside down. He loves her, wants her, believes she is his soul mate. But like I said, his feelings for her have turned his world on it’s head and he can’t tell up from down most of the time and it doesn’t bother him in the least. He wants what I suspect most people want – love, a family, someone to come home to after a long hard day at work. He wants someone to share his life with and have that life and that love be successful.

All in all, Taylor is all kinds of shades of light and dark, love and hate. Maybe he’s bit too perfect for reality. But he’s a perfect fit for the hero of my story. I hope you all have a man in your life that you can call your hero whether he’s a lover, friend, brother, father or even a stranger off the street that comes to your rescue.

Now, this wouldn’t be a proper bloghop without a giveaway! All you have to do is leave a comment and one random winner will be selected to receive my first published m/m short story, A Single Man’s Valentine. So comment away! Also, go check out the other authors’ posts for the bloghop at the link below.

xo,
P.K.

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Men of May Bloghop is Coming!

Men of May Blog HopThe Men of May bloghop is starting May 4th! There will be prizes and lots of, you guessed it, men. There are a ton of great authors participating in the Men of May bloghop and you should check them all out, click around, leave comments, etc, etc. You may even win my first publication A Single Man’s Valentine. So check back on May 4th!

Also: click on the picture of that sexy, sexy man to the right and you can check out a list of all the participating authors and how to get to their blogs!

 

Until then…

P.K. Morris