Getting Started 

­­­­­­I love this quote from one of my heroine’s, Georgia O’Keefe: “I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” Everything is easier when we can follow in the footsteps of someone who has done what we want to do. Writing is, by it’s nature, a solitary art - as are painting and many, many other creative arts - but we writers do not need to write in isolation. Here in the Heart of Texas, I’m a grateful member of the Austin, Texas chapter of the Romance Writers of America and I highly recommend both organizations. RWA has chapters across the country, including online chapters. The most important thing is to write, of course. It is axiomatic that books do not write themselves although, once the writing is ongoing, sometimes they do - often surprising the writer with unexpected twists and turns. My favorite way to break free of the dreaded and inevitable writer’s block is to write my Morning Pages while sipping perfect cappuccinos first thing every day, following the extraordinary guidance in The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron, which I highly recommend. I first read this classic in hard copy; it is also online with many more related resources: