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.

10 Important Truths I’ve Learned Being a Published Author

on July 22, 2021

1. The opening line is NOT the most important sentence in my book. Some people would have you believe that your entire story hinges on that first line.  Um, no.  If you excel at the clever first line, fantastic! I sure hope you also excel at the thousands of words to follow, because that’s what

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NaNoWriMo And You

on November 1, 2020

I sold my first book in Sept 2002 (it was published Oct 2003).  I hadn’t even heard of NaNoWriMo at that point, but I did hear about it the next year and, and the year after and the year after that, so on and so on.  I never felt compelled to participate.  I was already

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Book Room Clear Out

on October 23, 2020

My book storage room is getting seriously full and I was thinking of what I could do with all these author copies that are just stacking up now that I no longer run monthly contests.  And I thought, maybe I could finish off 2020 by doing some good. So, here’s the deal.  This is *not*

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Confessions of a Recovering Perfectionist

on September 28, 2020
A quote by Harriet Braiker: striving for excellence motivates you; striving for perfection is demoralizing.

When I was a young woman, I didn’t just strive to be perfect, I strove to be a perfectionist.  I had been told by society, by my family from my earliest memories, that to be a perfectionist was a good thing.  Society has so many messages for women, one of the most prevalent being that

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Romance Conventions & Reader Expectations

on August 31, 2020
Are we married to certain literary conventions when we define genre romance?

I’ve been listening to Neil Gaiman’s MasterClass on Genre Fiction and it’s got me thinking.  Probably because so much of what he has said in his other courses struck a chord with me, I found it double disconcerting to be caught up short by his definition of genre fiction. Loosely stated, he says he had

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Craft of Writing Series by Lucy Monroe

on April 8, 2020

Anyone who knows me well, knows I love to mentor and to teach.  My agoraphobia had already curtailed my opportunities to do so (limiting my travel to the few months of summer when it’s most under control) when COVID-19 hit. And I realized I could keep mentoring if I was willing to put myself out

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Indie and Traditional Publishing – Neither are for Everybody

on September 24, 2019

This is the 4th post in a series I’m doing on recovering from burnout, or you know…maybe avoiding all together. While current wisdom is that the strongest careers are hybrid careers, meaning an author who is published both with traditional publishers and either indie published, or has books out with a small press, not all

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Social Media isn’t for Everybody

on September 17, 2019

This is the 3rd blog post in a series on Recovering from Burnout, something I have personal experience with. In today’s publishing industry, authors are expected to be Social Media mavens.  It’s written into some publisher’s contracts and an indie published author is under tremendous pressure to put herself and her life out there to

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Bestsellers Lists aren’t for Everyone

on September 10, 2019

This is the 2nd blog post in a series on Recovering from Burnout, something I have personal experience with. Who doesn’t dream of becoming a big time bestselling author when they start out in their writing career?  Listening to the chitchat going on at conferences and the like, we must acknowledge, not very many. I

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Deadlines aren’t for Everybody

on August 31, 2019

This is the 1st in a series of blog posts about recovering from burnout, something I am all too familiar with. Deadline’s aren’t for everybody, but they are an integral part of the publishing process.  And if you cannot make and meet them, you will be hampered in your ability to achieve commercial success as

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