Hello all you beauties and Thank You so much to Beautiful SA Blog for hosting me on your blog today.
Today is Day 5 of the Waiting for You Book Blog Tour.
My name is Melissa and within the next few days I will be releasing my debut novel. Eeeep! So exciting. It’s a dream that I never ever expected to come to fruition and I still pinch myself to bring me back to reality that this is actually happening. To me. A pint sized, small town girl from Durban, sunny South Africa.
So what is my book about?
The blurb reads: Audrey Kelly finds her way back home to Crystal Valley with her bruised pride and a shattered dangerous past mocking her rear view mirror. What she didn’t expect was to be face-to-face with Adam Parker, resident bad boy, sexy Navy SEAL and one of the reasons that Audrey ran all those years ago.
Audrey was the last person Adam had ever expected to see back in Crystal Valley. Over a decade ago, they shared a sizzling night together before he received the worst news of his life and he hasn’t seen her since…until she’d moved back unexpectedly. She was no longer the sweet innocent girl he once remembered, but Adam has his own problems without having to deal with Audrey’s ice princess recital, no matter how tempting the auburn haired seductress may be.
Sparks begin to ignite between them but can they accept Audrey’s past when it threatens to engage them in a dangerous twist? Can they save each other from themselves and stop running once and for all?
Writing is a tough process. Many people thing you just write the words down and that’s your story but there’s so much more to it than that.
So here are my Top 10 Writing Tips for the Up and Comer!
Start by getting the words on the page. Your first draft will never be perfect but that is what the editing process is for.
- Set yourself a writing goal
I like to work towards a goal so I always start my writing time by setting myself a minimum word goal. This is usually 5000 words per day and trust me, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
- Block out all distractions when you are writing.
Writing your novel is a process. You have to get yourself INTO the characters heads and tell the story. So shut the door to your writing cave, send the hubby and kids away, what ever it takes to get you in the zone. I find my drill sergeant (the hubster) threatening to kill my Wi-Fi to prevent my YouTube browsing, is a surefire way to get me back on track.
Everybody gets stuck. Give yourself a break. Find inspiration in other things – watch a movie, listen to music, weed your garden. Inspiration can (and will) strike again.
- Be organized
Plan your writing time. MAKE the time. Success comes from hard work and sacrifice. Plot out your story before you begin. Identify the areas which require research. I always start out with a spider map – first for my plot and then broadly, the important scenes.
- Do your research!
You cannot know everything about everything. Plan out what areas need research. My hero is an ex Navy SEAL so I read up about their training, their lingo, anything that will make my story more authentic
- Write because you’re passionate about the story
This may sound like a “duh” moment but we take this for granted. I once wrote a novella for the sake of doing it and it translated to a flat manuscript of words just mashed together. Zero heart and zero passion. When you love the story and are passionate about the writing, the characters come alive on the page.
Don’t tell anybody what your book is about and don’t show it until it’s finished. It’s not that anybody will steal your idea but that all the energy that goes into the writing of your story will be dissipated.
- Don’t just think about it – write it down!
No book ever gets written by thinking about it or going bowling or playing golf. You have to put your butt down and spend many, many hours in front of a computer and get on with it. Writers block is a real thing but you plod on – just like a donkey! Success isn’t given to you – you work for it.
Don’t quit. It’s very easy to quit when you constantly receive rejection letters but keep going. Your big break could just be around the corner.
Well that’s all for today!
Thank you so much for your time you beauties!
Next stop on the book blog tour is Inspire You on 23 May 2016. Don’t forget to stop by!
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