Updated: Sep 19, 2020

Well, guys, I am now the big 2-1. I have survived 21 entire years on this Earth. I am now a 'twenty-something'. I can legally consume alcohol.

Major life stuff, I guess.

I do not have a wild story consisting of a twenty-first birthday bash and a resulting hangover. I do, however, have a lot of pictures of my friends and I in cosplay. Because I'm me, and celebrated my birthday at a mini Comic Con.

So enjoy, because why not.

Bookworm and nerd? Fellow cosplayer? General fangirl (or boy)? Find more of my cosplay photos (plus my upcoming cosplays and where I'm heading next) on Instagram @camiacosplay

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Updated: Sep 16, 2018

As any writer knows, writer's block is real, and it's probably the biggest thing standing in the way of finishing that draft. Few things can match the frustration of staring at a blinking cursor or blank sheet of notebook paper, waiting for the words to come and getting nothing. Your characters seem to have gone off on vacation without telling you, and you don't know when they'll be back.

I've hit more blocks than I can possibly count, and while I still deal with the struggle as much as any writer, I've built up an arsenal of tricks to beat it. Below are my top 5 ways to fight the block (paired with some awkward stock images, as all good lists must be)--and whether you've been fighting it for years or are facing down your first round, I hope there's something here that will get you back on track.

1. Switch Up Your Setting

We writers tend to be a habitual species. We like our comfy sweats and our caffeine and that perfect writing chair. And while that is absolutely wonderful for the writing mood (seriously, I get it. Ask anybody who knows me where I am and they'll tell you I'm probably in the corner of my bedroom with my laptop and a cup of tea) it's not so great for breaking down your writer's block. So switch it up. If you usually write at home, head over to your favorite coffee shop. Take your notebook to the park. You'll be amazed at what a little change of surroundings can do for your inspiration.

2. Get Out of the House/Coffee Shop/Pile of Blankets/Anti-Apocalypse Bunker

Wherever you're writing, get out. Leave your writing behind and get out into the world. Yes, I know, shocking--where would you be without your computer or favorite note-taking pen?

Leave them. They'll be nice and safe for you when you get back. Go take the dog for a walk. Play a game of your favorite sport. Find a nice spot to watch the sunset. Go to a museum. Sometimes we get so buried in our fictional worlds we forget to appreciate the real one around us, and that's the world that built us. It's the world that gives us so much inspiration.

3. Socialize. You Know, That Thing With Other People

I know, I know. People? Real people?

We'd all rather lock ourselves up at home some days, but humans are a social species--maybe that awful block you're dealing with is your brain's way of saying to drop the fictional people and go talk to some real ones for a change. Call up a friend and chat for a while. Arrange to go out to your favorite ice cream place with someone. Whatever's your jam. Even a short escape from the people in our heads can be enough to get them talking again. If only out of jealousy that we're spending our time with someone else.

4. Talk it Out

Can so easily go along with general socializing! I'm a big fan of this one. But then again, most of my friends are also writers, so they get it. The majority of people would probably think I was crazy if I told them an assassin was giving me the silent treatment after arguing with me about the nature of her relationship with a shapeshifting warrior. But if you've got any writer friends, or even reader friends, try talking your story out with them. Even someone who's just willing to listen--so many times I've figured out exactly what was blocking me and fixed it just by babbling to someone willing to smile and nod.

You might get labeled as the crazy person but hey, who needs sanity, anyway?

5. Take Inspiration from Others' Creativity

Sounds bad, I know, but I'm not telling you to go you rip off someone else's book just so yours works. I'm a huge lover of music and art. I'm forever thinking about what songs fit my characters' relationships, or scenes from my book, or finding some incredible art online that looks just how imagine X character/setting/object/creature. In fact, I have ever-evolving Pinterest boards and Spotify playlists just because of this. (Find my boards and playlists for The Otherworld Trilogy and Arcatraissa here and here) Some of the most effective things to beat down my writer's block have been songs or artwork that just make the gears start turning again.

Music, art, movies, TV, books--anything goes for this. Dig around the Internet for something new. Browse Netflix in your genre of choice. Get into that massive TBR pile of yours and start that book you keep saying you're going to read. Give your brain a break from your world and let it dive into another one. You never know what might make your story start lighting up again.

Alternatively, indulge in a little non-writing creativity. Make some art or music of your own. If you're a crafter, put some work into that project that's probably lying unfinished somewhere. Chances are, pretty soon you'll be ready to jump back into your writing.

A Final Note

Keep in mind that writer's block and writer burnout are different things. All of these things may help if you're suffering some burnout, but probably won't cure it in the long run. The most effective cure for burnout is to take a break from writing until your inspiration comes back.

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Well, it's official. Arcatraissa is now available for Kindle Pre-Order! Pay now and have the book delivered to your account automatically on September 14th!

I'm so excited about this, I really can't even tell you guys. Arcatraissa has been around for years, longer than any book I plan to release, and is very close to my heart. It's incredible that it's so close to coming out, after all the work that's gone into it. And while there are about a hundred other people who helped make it happen, I have to thank everyone who reads this post, too. Even if you just stumbled across this website and have no idea who I am or why I'm here babbling about books, the fact that you're reading this at all means I've accomplished something I've wanted all my life. So thank you.

But enough sappy stuff. Arcatraissa is less than a month from release, and I cannot wait for you all to see this crazy, fairy-filled adventure that's been taking over my head for the last 9 years. Pre-order Arcatraissa here!


Cassie has never believed in magic. Whatever her ailing aunt claims, and whatever Cassie wants to believe, fairies aren't real. The old storybook is just a storybook, and the whispering in the garden is just the wind.

Tae has spent all his life watching children grow up and stop believing in magic. Every companion he's ever had, lost to the human world. All but one.

When Tae and Cassie's worlds collide, both are instantly enchanted. Swept away to the magic of the faery world, Cassie thinks she's living a dream. But with the kingdom on the edge of disaster and the shadow of her aunt's illness hanging over her family, what begins as a fairytale quickly becomes complicated.

Maybe deadly.

Because someone is taking fae in the dead of night, and Cassie and Tae find themselves wrapped up at the center of it all with no idea which way to turn. Beneath every dazzling faery light of Arcatraissa is a shadow, and everybody, human and fae, has a secret to keep.

Magic is a dangerous thing to dabble in, but old lies are infinitely more so.