I am extremely delighted to welcome my dear friend and member of Rave Reviews Book Club who is stopping by from her Book Tour to grace us with her presence today.
Say Hello to Jan Sikes!
(2) e-book copies of GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE
FIVE BEST BITS OF WRITING ADVICE
Hello, and thank you so much for hosting me here today as I wind down my Ghostly Interference blog tour. It’s an honor to be your guest. Also, I want to announce that Ghostly Interference is on sale through January 22nd!
Someone in an interview once asked me if I had any writing advice to share with others. I had to think about that for a while. Over the past seven years as a published author, I have learned SO much. So, yes, I do have some tips I’d like to share with you here today. Not everything works for everyone, but I hope you can take away some tidbit to encourage or validate you in your writing process.
1. Trust in yourself is the number one bit of advice I can give. You’ve been given a story idea for a reason. Trusting in yourself to turn that idea into a wonderfully told story is vital. Doubts can plague us and tell us we aren’t good enough or smart enough or that we don’t have enough time. Ignore all of that. Nothing could be further from the truth. Trust the process and trust yourself to deliver.
2. Don’t look at a novel as a whole once you have the story’s main plot firmly in your mind. If you do, it can be overwhelming and can stop you in your tracks. Instead, focus on one line, one paragraph, one chapter at a time, and before you know it, you’ll have a complete book. It’s sort of like putting a puzzle together. When you dump a thousand jumbled pieces out onto a table, it can first appear as an impossible quest. But when you just start and fit one piece at a time, you will make progress. The scene will come together before your eyes.
3. Try to work on your story a little bit every day. I know sometimes life can get in the way. That’s normal. But if you can’t physically work on it, at least work on it in your mind. Envision scenes and how you want them to unfold. Listen to your characters and flesh out nuances that will deepen them. Live with your characters and their emotions. Let the story consume you.
4. Some say write and don’t edit until you are finished. I don’t do that. I exchange chapters with my sister and with my critique partners as I go. While I’m not sure it qualifies as editing, feedback can be invaluable in the story plot or character development throughout the process. It is what I prefer. It’s much easier to fix a plot hole as you go rather than having to do a rewrite. It’s different when I write short stories, as I complete them before sending them for critique. But for novels, I prefer the critiquing as I go method.
5. Let your manuscript rest once you finish it. This is probably the most valuable piece of advice I can give. It is amazing what you can see with fresh eyes. The experts recommend that you let your finished work sit for at least a week before returning to edit it. I prefer two weeks to let my brain totally disengage. Taking this time guarantees a more polished and more in-depth story.
I hope you took something away from my hard-earned lessons in writing. There are so many other aspects that I could include, like making sure you hire a professional editor and creating a cover that conveys a promise to your reader. But I wanted to focus on the creation part of the writing process today.
I’d love to hear from you. What have you learned that we can benefit others?
Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet, comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.
Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?
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