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Writer Tip: Louisa Edwards

“Go Low Tech

I don’t know how anyone ever managed to write and revise a novel before the invention of computers (laptops!) with word processing. The speed and maneuverability, the way you can lift whole passages out and slot them in somewhere better–it’s fantastic.

Louisa EdwardsIt can also be a little paralyzing. When I get stuck and realize I’ve been staring at that blinking cursor on my white screen for too long, I close my laptop and grab a pen and a spiral-bound notebook. (Some of my writer friends go for legal pads or composition books, whatever works for you.) I take my low-tech tools out of my office, curl up on the couch, and think about the scene. Something magical happens! It’s as if being unchained from my computer frees my mind to see the story from a new perspective. I might sketch out snippets of dialogue or notes on character motivation and interaction; I might even write a couple pages of the scene out longhand. But invariably, the change of pace from computer to paper engages a different part of my brain that helps me push past whatever was blocking me, and I discover something new. Then I can go back to my office and push forward.

I could never give up my iBook; I love all its bells and whistles, its cute, sleek styling. But when you need a jolt of creativity, nothing beats plain old paper and pen.”

Vist Louisa Edwards’ website at www.louisaedwards.com
Purchase Louisa’s latest release, On The Steamy Side

Writer Tip: Beth Kery

“My simple tip for writers is this: write. Write every day. Don’t let your internal critic talk you out of it because you still need to learn this or that skill, or you haven’t got that perfect synopsis yet or the ‘just right’ computer to get started. Tell that fussy critic to shut it. Learn from action. Set up a word count goal and meet it by writing X number of words daily. If you can’t hold yourself accountable, then do a check-in with a writer friend, and be honest when you don’t meet your quota. If you miss your word count, make it up the next day. Keep track of your progress in a notebook. Writing down your daily word count number is a kind of positive reinforcement, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you accumulate 20 thousand words, 40 thousand, 60 thousand. Don’t get side-tracked by the glittery stuff associated with being an author. Writers write, and if you want to publish, you need to create product.”

Visit Beth’s website at www.bethkery.com
Release, Berkley Heat, February 2, 2010
Sometimes you have to let desire run wild.

Read an excerpt of Beth’s latest book, Release

Writing Tip: Shiloh Walker

“One thing I often hear is this…I’ve always wanted to write a book. I often respond with: Have you started it? Nine times out of ten? The answer is no.

There’s no trick to writing a book other than this. Write it. There are no magic beans, no secret ingredient, no special formula. One thing most writers have in common is the fact that we have stories in our head and we want to put them down on paper. Getting started isn’t always easy–finding the right words isn’t always easy and there isn’t necessarily any proven trick that is going to help you get that story from your head to the page or screen other than this: Write it. Even if the story sucks. I’m convinced that most of my stuff sucks rotten eggs, but I’m trusting my editors, my agent when they tell me otherwise. If you’ve got a story in your head and if you’re one of those people who ‘always wanted to write a book’…stop wanting. Start writing. Be the one out of ten who actually write the book.”

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Shiloh Walker’s latest release: Broken

Writing Tips

This month I’m bringing you a series of writing tips from some of my favorite authors. There will also be tips from my writer friends. You might even find the odd writing tip from me.

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Come back every day for writing advice from authors such as Shiloh Walker, Nalini Singh, Larissa Ione, Sarah Mayberry and many more…