Category Archives: Lucy at the Heart

Where Lucy talks about real stuff, real life and the journey we’re on together in this big, wide world.

Build the Emotional Impact in Your Writing

on February 12, 2018

Why is emotion so important in writing?  Because when we connect with our reader on an emotional level, we engage them and keep them interested.  Even what should be the most fascinating facts ever revealed will lose reader interest when offered with dry rationality and no attempt to connect to feelings those facts could evoke.

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Lori Foster

on February 12, 2018

The second blog post in my series offering tribute to the authors who have mentored me and blessed me with their writing. If there is another author who gives so consistently, tirelessly and with so little reservation to other authors and her causes, I don’t know them.  And  I know A LOT of generous authors,

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Helen Bianchin

on January 21, 2018

I thought it would be fun to do a series on the romance authors I love to read, some of whom have been wonderful mentors and become friends. I’m not sure when I read my first Helen Bianchin book.  I do know that this Kiwi born writer, who has been residing in Australia since 1981,

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Top 5 Strategies for Taking Charge of Your Schedule in 2018

on January 5, 2018

I’m a planner. I always have been, but that doesn’t mean my time doesn’t get away from me. I’ll freely admit I struggle with saying no, setting both time and personal boundaries, but that’s what makes doing so incredibly important for me. Knowing how many other people struggle with setting goals, much less achieving them,

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Having Fun with NaNoWriMo

on November 13, 2017

For years, I saw all the NaNoWriMo posts on social media and author groups and thought, “Sounds neat, but I’m already writing every day and finishing my books.”  Then when I wasn’t finishing my books, I couldn’t imagine adding the pressure of having other writers looking at me like, “Why didn’t you do your word

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Victory Can be the Product of Failure

on October 11, 2017

What is the bogeyman in your closet?  The monster hiding under your bed?  That thing that scares you the most?  The stuff true nightmares are made of? I can tell you, I’ve redefined mine: the loss of self, the loss of  my brain’s facility and acuity. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of fears

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How’s Your Writing Going?

on January 12, 2016

How did your writing go today?  It’s such an innocuous question and yet my knee jerk reaction is to freeze in panic and stutter out some answer in guilty undertones, no matter how accomplished I was feeling moments before.  Yesterday was the first day since returning from my trip to Europe that I’d written, the

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The Solitary Life of Writing

on November 11, 2015

When people talk about the solitary life of the writer, they are usually referring to the writing process itself, the hours spent in front of the keyboard giving voice to thought, creating a book from a jumble of words in an author’s head.  But there is so much more that goes into writing a book

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Staying off the Hamster Wheel

on October 27, 2015

…is a lot harder than it sounds. So, I spent nearly three years slowly losing my ability to write until it was gone completely. And then I spent months wondering if I would ever write again. Scary stuff for a creative type like me. When the freedom to create returned, I’m not sure that’s how

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The Sudden Convergence of Life

on October 13, 2015

Do you ever have that moment when things are going along fine and then suddenly you just realize that you have umpteen million things to do (or well, it feel like that anyway) and no way like enough time to do them and not one of those things can go undone?  And the things you

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