Title: The Weight of Words (Weight of Words #1)
Author: Georgina Guthrie
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: New Adult
Publication Date: November 26, 2013
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Cover by: Micha Stone and Amy Brokaw
Event organized by: Literati Author Services, Inc.
Aubrey Price is in the final months of her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Bright, witty and fiercely independent, Aubrey works part-time for the college Dean and has her sights set on graduating with distinction. When she meets Dean Grant’s son, Daniel, the TA in her senior Shakespearean studies course, a shared love of the Bard’s works and an instant mutual attraction draw Aubrey and Daniel together. Unfortunately, a strict anti-fraternizing policy, made more perilous by a black mark on Daniel’s record, keeps them apart.
Against this academic backdrop, Aubrey and Daniel navigate their way through a steamy courtship, their forbidden romance aided, abetted and sometimes thwarted by a colorful cast of friends, family and classmates.
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People often ask for help advice on how to find inspiration as a writer. It’s not easy to hook someone up with a personal muse. For me, ideas exist in every nook and cranny of my life. I can’t imagine making it through a day without gleaning inspiration from my experiences.
My friends inspire me with their anecdotes and jokes. I carry a notebook with me everywhere (and also keep one on my nightstand). I’m always jotting down snippets of conversations, one-liners or thought-provoking comments I hear during my day. I’ve been known to build an entire scene around something funny a friend has said.
Another constant source of inspiration is my immediate family. My daughter is one of the wittiest people I know. (Unfortunately, she knows she’s funny, which brings with it a whole host of other issues…). My extended family provides constant fodder for character development and story ideas. They’re a shamefully blasphemous lot, but my goodness, they’re hilarious.
But what do you do if you’re a writer seeking inspiration and your friends are a dull, pedantic lot, your family about as interesting as an old shoe? What then? Well, in that case, my advice is simple: Look elsewhere.
Read books, peruse poetry, listen to music or watch a great movie. If I have writer’s block, I read. More often than not, I’ll abandon what I’m reading halfway through a chapter because I’ve been hit with the sudden need to write something down before I forget. Inevitably, I keep going. Last year, I wrote an entire novel inspired by a twenty-three word poem by Emily Dickinson!
Exposing yourself to different situations is a great way to stimulate ideas. If you can afford to travel, do it. Visiting new places is often all you need to stoke the creative juices. If travelling isn’t in the budget, spend time at airports and train stations anyway. People-watching will almost certainly help you to bring a new character to life.
If all else fails, hit up the local coffee shop. Eavesdrop! Listening to life going on around you is arguably one of the most important things a writer can do. The seeds of stories are everywhere. Keep your eyes and ears open. Breathe deeply and take everything in. Be open to possibilities.
As soon as you have the kernel of an idea, write it down. I tend to find that once I start to write my thoughts down, new ideas germinate. It’s a strange but wonderful self-perpetuating cycle.
Inspiration begets inspiration. You just have to find a thread and give it a pull.
Georgina Guthrie has been a self-professed book hugger for as long as she can remember. An avid reader and compulsive diarist, she is thrilled to be taking the leap into the world of publishing. GG resides in Toronto, Canada, but she still considers herself a Brit through and through and can often be found roaming the aisles of her favourite British import shop.
A graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied English literature, GG is happy to fill her hours reading and writing, but she’s just as likely to be found enjoying a good film with her husband, dancing around the kitchen with her daughter, or hanging out with friends and family, almost certainly with a glass of red wine in one hand a bag of cheese and onion crisps in the other.