Recently, I wrote about not writing, or more specifically, when it’s okay to not write.

There are many different opinions. I firmly believe it’s alright to take a break when you need to, be it a few minutes or a few months.

Being a writer is a mindset, a certain way of seeing things. It is a way of living your life, that in essence is dissimilar to the way others live their lives. I personally don’t think it has anything to do with how many words you put on paper each day. Just my opinion.

Not writing can be productive. It gives you a chance to regroup and review. It gives you a chance to think.

What I do when I’m not physically tapping out keys on my laptop could be considered writing or not, depending on how you feel about the importance of writing something, every day.

I like to find pictures that remind me of my characters and print them out. I also look for pictures that inspire scenes. I run through scenes in my head. I often do this numerous times before putting it on paper. I write little notes when a thought comes to me. I do research, a lot of research. My genre is historical fiction.

Are these things writing or not? I guess it’s all in wether you subscribe to the write something everyday method.

In the end, I think the most important thing, is to do what works for you. For me, I’ll keep doing it my way.

Thanks for reading and thank you to my new followers.


Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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