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Muse on Demand

by Belle Andre
May 11, 2012

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Romance author Bella Andre, who writes under three separate pen names, discusses her writing process and schedule, including how her process changes from book to book, encouraging authors to experiment and do what works.

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Kay Wade - October 23, 2012 at 07:00AM ET

In a memoir, do I need to fictionalize names of people I knew at the time and who affected my life? Should I use a fictional name myself to protect my adult children? I need an answer to this before I can publish as I will have to go through the entire book and redo everything. Please give me some advice! Thanks.
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Leslie Austin - September 12, 2012 at 03:55PM ET

Wow I can't write creatively for 8 hours it blows my brain out. Is it just me or is she that brilliant? She definately motivated me to try and write in any enviroment possible.
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GypsySpirit - September 17, 2012 at 10:07AM ET

Leslie - I agree, she is brilliant. :) But don't sell yourself short - I say just write for as long as you can every time and that's always going to be enough... because it has to be.
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Leslie Austin - September 22, 2012 at 10:49AM ET

Thank you I am more motivated than ever because I finally realize It makes me happy to write and I cant worry about if it is any good or if anyone will like it. Just write for the love of it!
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Bill Foltz - June 24, 2012 at 02:40PM ET

I am a "slow fast writer:" An idea percolates for months or even years, then BOOM! Out come the words. Not a fast or efficient process. How to speed things up a bit?
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GypsySpirit - September 17, 2012 at 10:09AM ET

Bill - one piece of advice comes from John Locke (https://www.authorlearningcenter.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=john+locke&x=0&y=0). He suggests you avoid research while you are writing. Just make notes about what you need to fill in with research and keep moving. That way you don't get distracted while writing by looking up the name of a street or a building in your town, for instance.
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Keith Ogorek - June 27, 2012 at 11:39PM ET

I find no two writers have the exact same process. The key is to figure out what works for you and use that.
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john staude - June 24, 2012 at 12:48PM ET

I found your talk helpful & inspiring. Wish I could be as fast and as focused as you are. JRS
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Keith Ogorek - June 27, 2012 at 11:38PM ET

The key is to figure out a process and plan that works for you. The Author Learning Center has a lot of expert advice on writing. I hope you find other information as useful.
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Charlie - May 16, 2012 at 11:47AM ET

You're a very strong speaker/writer. Keep up the good writing.
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GypsySpirit - May 21, 2012 at 02:51PM ET

Charlie- I'll pass your message on to Bella. Thanks!

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