Happy Sunday, guys!
Hope you’re having a nice and relaxing weekend. Today I have lovely Karen Aldous on the blog as part of the blog tour for her latest ‘One Moment at Sunrise’. I’d like to thank Karen for visiting and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for the chance to take part. Make sure you don’t miss the giveaway too, Karen is giving away £15 Amazon Voucher and a copy of the book. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, all!
One Moment at Sunrise by Karen Aldous
Published by Carina
Published on 18.4.2016
Genres: women's fiction
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Nothing will ever be the same again…
Evie Grant has spent two years hidden away in a quiet French village, longing to escape her beautiful villa with its blue-shuttered windows. Maybe this summer, the father of her child will keep his broken promises and return to whisk her away to another life. One way or another, Evie’s determined to stop feeling like his dirty little secret…
Yet when a mysterious stranger almost knocks Evie off her bicycle early one morning, her world begins to change in ways she never expected. Embarking on a painful journey of self-discovery, Evie begins to face her darkest fears and rebuild her fragile dreams. But can she ever truly break free from her gilded cage and learn to love again?
My top 10 writing tips for new authors
1. The very first piece of advice I would give is to get that novel written. It doesn’t matter if it’s not perfect, get down the bones. It’s probably festered in your head so long – just write it all and complete the novel. You can at least edit it but you can’t edit a blank page.
2. Join a novel writing class – the knowledge and support you receive are invaluable and you learn from both published and unpublished writers.
3. Always have a notebook and pen to hand – even when sleeping! You’ll be surprised when and where ideas spring from.
4. Make time. Time is a precious commodity for a writer and there’s never enough, so use it or lose it.
5. Write your opening paragraph last. That doesn’t mean don’t write one, but go back and perfect it once the book is written. Like your characters, you’ll know your novel so much better at the end which will help you identify the key points you need to hook your reader.
6. Don’t wait for inspiration to strike. Yes, you will get bouts of it throughout the writing process but keep the story going and inspiration will find you and help your characters and story develop.
7. Persist – in all areas, writing, submitting and learning. Seeing your novel out there is the ultimate reward.
8. Enter competitions. You may not win but it will build up your writing profile whether short stories or novels and give you lots of practice.
9. Learn from those who have published. There are so many excellent workshops to attend which are led by professional authors and organisations. The Romantic Novelists’ Association is just one organisation that provides so many resources for writers including networking opportunities. Even published, I am always seeking to improve my writing and trying new ways to add texture, so there’s nothing better than learning from these experts.
10. Read, read and read some more… there’s so much to enjoy and learn from other writers.
Karen is generously giving away a £15 Amazon Voucher and a copy of the book as first prize and a copy of the book as second prize.