Author, Barbara Studham

Creator of memoir, fiction, and children's picture book, Strawberry & Cracker, Twins with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


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Hit with Writer’s Block?

Hit with Writer's Block?

Hit with Writer’s Block?

Hit Back!

Writer’s block is a severe invasion of your writing. It can cause doubt in your ability to be an author, and set you back for days, sometimes weeks. But, don’t dismay, when you are aware of the various root causes of writer’s block, they can be overcome, and you will be back on track in no time.

  1. My own experience with writer’s block has taught me not to over-think my story. Over-thinking is a consequence of over-writing: too many hours in front of the page. All writers know that two hours per day expanding a manuscript is enough; more, and we lose focus, grow tired, and push our story and ourselves too hard. Writer’s fatigue equals writer’s block.
  2. Your story could be progressing down the wrong path. If so, it will read as boring. You will begin to question your character, his/her actions, the setting or location, or your ability to expand his/her personality and role in the story; hence, the onset of writer’s block. If so, take a break from writing and spend a few days reading.
  3. Read only books in the genre you are writing. Read your favorite authors of the genre. Make notes of their characters. Are they all evil, or all angelic? Usually neither: your characters should be a bit of both, so if you focus on one character in one way, you will hit writer’s block. Take the same attitude with your plot. Does your character “fit” into the story? Perhaps not: if so, is there an alternate character in your story who would make for a better fit? Writing is like character casting for a movie. We all know when an actor has been miscast as it diminishes the movie. Switching a secondary character into the main role of your story can trigger an intriguing “twist” in the plot, and surprise your reader.

Writer’s block can be the downfall of many a writer.

That is why I wrote a fictional tale on the subject called,

Not My Type. 

Not My Type

Not My Type

In the fictional story, Not My Type, the main character, Lisa Paige, is a respected non-fiction writer who envies the accolades bestowed upon her fiction-writing mother, Madge Paige. So much so that, while desperately trying her hand at fiction, writer’s block hits, and Lisa begins to hallucinate, causing fictional characters to come to life and visit her home. Frantically offering her bribes in return for inclusion in her book, the characters explain her refusal would result in their deletion within the fictional world. As characters compete for billing, murder and mayhem ensues, as each are in conflict and equally determined to be forefront in Lisa’s novel. But is there an alternate motive for their brawling? Does Lisa complete her work of fiction and find the fame she so desperately yearns? In Not My Type, discover how her fictional characters’ skirmishes bring a life-changing twist to Lisa’s future.

Available as ebook for .99 cents (usd) from your Amazon, the following links, and many other ebook distributors.

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Learn To Draw

It’s time I learn how to draw!

Learn to Draw

Learn to Draw

Learn to Draw: In the meantime, why not check out my ebook, Not My Type. Contrary to its title, it is not a romance, well, not in the fullest sense of the word, but, rather, a story about a non-fiction writer who craves the fame of her best-seller, fiction-writing, mother.

Not My Type

Not My Type

Not My Type offers a whimsical glimpse into how fictional characters invade an author’s mind: often to the detriment of their story. Lisa Paige is a respected non-fiction writer who envies the accolades bestowed upon her fiction-writing mother, Madge Paige. So much so that, while desperately trying her hand at fiction, Lisa begins to hallucinate, causing fictional characters to come to life and visit her home. Frantically offering her bribes in return for inclusion in her book, the characters insist her refusal would result in their deletion within the fictional world. As characters compete for billing, murder and mayhem ensues, as each are in conflict and equally determined to be forefront in Lisa’s novel. However, is there an alternate motive for their brawling? Does Lisa complete her work of fiction and find the fame she so desperately yearns? In Not My Type, discover how fictional characters’ skirmishes ultimately affect Lisa’s future.

Not My Type

Not My Type is available for only .99 cents (usd), from your Amazon ebook store,

the following links, and from most ebook distributors.

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

https://www.store.kobobooks.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com

 


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Barbara Studham dot com

Author, Barbara Studham

Welcome to Barbara Studham’s author site

My Author Site

Welcome to my new author site, barbara studham dot com. At the moment it is a work in progress, but here you will find a list of my memoirs, fiction, and non-fiction.

Please see the menu bar for more information and in-depth descriptions of my books.

Memoirs: My memoirs include Two Decades Of Diapers, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: The Teen Years. Both books describe the twenty years of challenges and struggles I faced while raising four grandchildren with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. My third memoir, Psychopathetic, highlights the emotional violence I experienced during a five-year abusive relationship.

Fiction: My stand-alone stories include, Friday at 4:00, The Look of a Twelve-Year-Old, and, Not My Type. All relate to the daily deluge of dilemmas woman face during their lives. Some are challenged by age-gap relationships, infidelity, ageism, and marital boredom, while others face more intense trials and come out fighting! Nevertheless, all women will relate to the stories because every woman has a story to tell.

Fiction Series #1: Under The Shanklin Sky.  Milly Mullan is a retiree from London with delightful childhood memories of holidays spent at the seaside town of Shanklin, located on the Isle of Wight. As an adult, she intended to vacation there often but with a successful career as an interior designer to oversee, and hubby being top chef at a popular up-scale London restaurant, time to holiday was denied them. Not until retired, did Milly return to Shanklin, by which time Harry had died from health complications and their daughter, Rosie, had grown up and married. Milly has wonderful adventures Under The Shanklin Sky, and returns for more in the next two books in the series, titled, The Faring Foxglove, and, The Bathing Beauty.

Fiction Series #2: I, Gossip. James Gossip is the main character in my series: I, Gossip. James is different from my other main characters because he is male, whereas, to date, my main characters have been female. While going about his everyday business he is caught up in a strange wave of demonstrations against a government threat called, Project Abaddon. Not sure, he should get involved, his gut tells him to take a stand, join in the protests, and steadfastly face this new threat to the lives of Christians worldwide. He returns in, The Hugger-Mugger Heart for another adventure with his One Road Ministries team.

Non-Fiction in progress: A Time To LieWhen an individual first receives salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ, he or she is full of joy and so embarks on a study of the Bible. But, it doesn’t take long for the new convert to realize that the Bible is a very complex book requiring years of study which many Christians find difficult to endure. So they tend to close their Bible and walk away. They might still love Jesus, but are not sure why. It was for this reason, I began an in-depth Bible study until verses came together and heightened my understanding of God. In A Time to Lie, I share my significant findings with readers.

Books by Barbara Studham

Books by Barbara Studham

All my books are available at the following links, or your favorite ebook distributor.

http://www.amazon.com/author/barbarastudham

https://www.store.kobobooks.com

http://www.barnesandnoble.com