Inspiring Ink – Denise Alicea

Today’s Inspiring Ink guest is Denise, founder of The Pen & Muse. She created her site in September 2008, a blog about writing, book reviews, and technology. It expanded to what it has become now, a central for book reviews of all kinds with a staff of book reviewers, interviews, contests, and a promotional venue for authors.

Leave a comment about what inspires you to write when you are not feeling the muse and you could win a copy of Consoling Angel.  Did you write something inspiring this week or found a post of someone who did? Leave us a link!

 Inspiration to Write by Denise Alicea

If it’s one thing I’ve noted in historical romances and in general with time travel is that it’s about going back in time. It’s about a period that we cherished and adored. There is something about history that pulls you in. It’s one of the reasons that I wrote Consoling Angel.
I remember writing it in my Creative Writing class while doing my Bachelor’s degree at University of Phoenix. I already loved to write and was actively pursuing it beyond my education and jobs. We were told by our professor to write a short story. So what was I going to do? Then I remembered what I always wanted to do. I am a big fan of the early fifties movies and I had a huge love for James Dean movies. In writing it, I had to do some small research and remember that I had to tell it at the perspective of the heroine, Mira. If it’s one thing we all remember is that we were young once and we all wanted to go back in time to fix a wrong. It reminds us of Back To The Future right?
So what’s inspires you to write? For me, writing has always been a good way of expressing myself. I find that expressing yourself is not only good for you, but good for your soul. Our lives are a huge part of why we write, maybe we have something in our lives that we want to talk about and one of the best ways of doing that is through writing. For me life is a huge inspiration, there are moments that I write about, time periods that I love. There is always a good story in us, in our history, and around us. Storytelling has been in the human existence since the beginning. Myths and many religions have great stories that we all know and love. Storytelling is in our DNA and as a writer, for us it cannot be denied to tell a good story. Stories come from deep in our cores with muses that tell us to keep writing. Even characters that won’t leave us alone until we tell their story.
So what do I do when I run out of ideas or am having that dreaded writers block? I tend to go back to some of my earlier works and see what I can work on. I also take some time out to take a walk, hear music, watch some television, and read books. If you get back to your roots, you tend to get it all back. So keep writing and tell us what inspires you and what keeps you on track when the nasty writer’s block. You could just win a copy of my new short story, Consoling Angel.

Consoling Angel

YA Short Story, Time Travel/Romance

Mira did not know what she had in store the day she fell asleep while wanting to escape her current situation. Overcoming the death of someone close and burying herself in school and an internship has kept her somewhat awake and alive. An admiration for the actor James Dean was all that kept the memory of her father alive. If she couldn’t be with her father, she could at least remember what they shared. She always wanted to meet James Dean. Be careful what you wish for. It may just come true.

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  1. I think if I didn’t write I’d be locked up by now. Writing helps me cope with real life. I get to live the drama through my characters. Love the sounds of your book and great cover!

  2. I just wrote a post on my blog today about Intuition:) I think it’s inspiring to listen to “that little voice inside” 🙂 Great post. I love your cover!

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