Guest Post: 5 Steps to Becoming a Successful Author

keyboard-621830_960_720It’s tough being a writer. You stumble across all sorts of obstacles at nearly every bend: writer’s block, stubborn characters, dialogue that refuses to come naturally, paragraphs that have to be written and rewritten and yet rewritten again. The list is endless. In fact, finishing your story may seem like a huge accomplishment—and it is. A boatload of writers don’t even make it that far. So if you’ve completed your novel, you’re already ahead of millions of other aspiring authors. However, once that manuscript is complete, your work has only just begun.

If you want to break above the pack of thousands of other authors already out there clamoring for an audience and, of course, success, it’s going to require some extra effort—but that effort will be worth it at the end. Here are five simple steps that will inch you closer to your dream of becoming a sensational author.

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Guest Post: When You Should Be Writing

quotescover-png-64How many times have you sat down at your computer, fully intending to put masterful thought to paper and then come up blank? Your fingers hover over the keyboard, typing a few choice words. You pause for a few seconds contemplating your next thought but, instead, hit the delete button. Your mind scrambles. I know I had something I wanted to write about. But what?!

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As You Know, Bob: Tips for Writing Better Dialogue

wait-1052487_1920I’m not good at a lot of things. Math, for one. Keeping the bathroom closet uncluttered, for another. Killing bugs also comes to mind. But, I feel like if there’s one thing I’m pretty good at, it’s writing dialogue. I love writing dialogue, but it takes practice to figure it out.

I think it’s something that some people really struggle with. So how do I do it? Here are six tips that might help.

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How I Use Pinterest

Pinterest-logoImages are a huge source of inspiration, so Pinterest has become a wonderful tool for me. I did a FB post recently that featured a link to my Mood/Inspiration board for my upcoming novel, The Runaway Queen, and received some really wonderful feedback. I thought I would do a post on Pinterest, and how I use it as both a reader and a writer.

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Making the Time

65473379I’m a writer – my first novel will be published soon, the first in a YA high fantasy series. But I’m also a reader and have made it my goal to read 100 books this year. I have a full-time job with an hour-long commute. I have two kids, and they have gymnastics classes and soccer practices. I have two dogs and a cat and a husband that I have to keep alive and give some attention to every now and then. I go to the gym five days a week.

I’m not telling you this to brag. I’m telling you this because it makes sense that people who as me this a lot: “How do you find the time?” Guess what… I don’t. Most of the time, I am Jessie Spano, banging my fists against Zack Morris’ chest and wailing about how excited I am, and I just can’t hide it.

But really, I do a lot, and here’s the answer 

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LZYIBVMEQ1 I used to have a blog, many years ago before they were called blogs. Back when opendiary and livejournal were sources of infinite angst and bad teenage poetry. But I haven’t had a blog since then, and now I don’t know how to start, where to begin. I’m a writer now! I should be able to write something witty and interesting! But I’ve always been a writer. And I’ve never really known what to say. The only thing different is that now I’ve got a book deal.

So this will be my place to talk about reading and writing, and how I do those things while simultaneously raising kids and working a full-time job. I welcome you to contact me via the “Contact Me” page, or connect with me at the social media links found on the “About Me” page. Please also check out news on my books in the menu above.

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