Writing Tips by Anne Holster – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Writing Tips

1. Have a story that grabs the reader from the get-go! That means get to the point – fast! Don’t make your readers slough through a bunch of meaningless fluff before getting to the crux of your story. If you get their attention at the start, they’ll stay.

2. Pay attention to detail! Readers are smart and they’ll pick up on the little things you might have missed. If you’re not consistent with details, the reader feels cheated.

3. Take your time! Writing is not a race to the finish line. Take it slow and present a polished product to your readers.

4. Write every day, even if it’s just a few sentences! I know it’s seems like it won’t make a difference, but it does. A few sentences turns into a few paragraphs which turns into a few pages and before you know it, the chapter is done.

5. Write what you love to read! If you’re not interested in reading what you’ve written chances are, no one else will either.

6. Read! The more you read, especially in your genre, the more you’ll learn. You’ll start to see what works and what doesn’t work. If you like it, there’s a good chance other do too and vice versa.

7. Take constructive criticism with grace and accept advice form those who’ve ‘been there’ if you’re lucky enough to get it.

8. And most importantly…DON’T WAIT! Don’t put off writing if it’s always been a passion of yours. It’s never too late to write that first novel – or that second one!

It’s 1977 – Star Wars is breaking records at the box office, Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run tour is taking the country by storm, and born-and-bred Jersey girl Annalise Keller has fallen in love for the first and last time. Hot and charismatic with dreams of making it as a rock star, Keith “Ace” Foxx is everything a teenage girl dreams of. He falls as hard for Anna as she does for him and the two decide to run off to California in search of his big break. Fate has other plans though, and several years and three kids later, Ace has traded in his guitar for a job at the local post office and Anna has become a symbol of all he has given up. Ace spends most nights at the local bar, trying to drink away his anger and resentment.

Flash forward a decade, and their youngest child, Jackson, is headed nowhere fast. In a life filled with meaningless jobs and too much partying, music is his only true escape from the pain of a childhood that abruptly ended one rainy night. The accident had destroyed his family and left him with a slew of unanswered questions.

Everything changes the night Jackson meets Leah. Shy and reserved, she doesn’t smoke and barely drinks; she certainly doesn’t put out. Not exactly the girl from the Bon Jovi videos he watched as a kid. Yet, before he knows it, she has become his world.

Then, just when it looks like his dreams might come true, betrayal and loss once again threaten everything he holds dear. As Jackson struggles to keep his world from spinning out of control, he knows one thing for sure, the choices he makes now will either be the start of a whole new life, or it just might be the end of him.

Enjoy an Excerpt

You hear people talk about this feeling, that once-in-a-lifetime, struck-by-a-thunderbolt feeling; you know, like when two cartoon characters are staring at each other and their eyes look like two big hearts bugging out of their heads. You hear about it but never really believe it could happen in real life. That is until it happens to you and then it completely consumes you, leaving you exhausted and worn out from falling for someone so hard so fast. It’s a high that you never, ever want to come down from. I think they call it love at first sight and, well, that’s exactly how I felt when I saw him. I can’t even explain why I was so taken with him – he definitely wasn’t what you’d call “classically handsome” – I just knew I couldn’t take my eyes off him.

About the Author: Anne Holster resides in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and reading angsty romance novels. She is currently working on her fourth book.

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  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for sharing the tips and look forward to reading when I can. Be safe everyone.

  3. James Robert says

    I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

  4. Diana Hardt says

    Nice cover. I liked the synopsis and excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

  5. favorite food?

  6. Anne Holster says

    Thank you for hosting my tour! I’ll be stopping by throughout the day to answer any questions!

  7. I totally agree with your writer’s tips and I’m not a writer. But as a reader, those things mean a lot to me. Missing from your list was ‘Don’t do your own editing’. Hire someone reliable to edit for you. Many errors and continuity issues can be found when an impartial reader edits your work.

    • Anne Holster says

      So true, Karen! I have a great editor, but it wasn’t easy to find her. My first book, Imaginary Grace, went through a few editors before I found one suited my writing style. Finding a good editor is like finding gold! I also have several beta readers who give me some great tips, mostly on content. Thanks for commenting!

  8. I enjoyed reading the writing tips. The book sounds great

  9. What’s next for you?

    • Anne Holster says

      Great question, Kim! I’m working on my fourth novel and hope to have it out by years end! Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Victoria Alexander says

    Great cover, thanks for sharing!

  11. Bernard Wallace says

    How did you come up with the title of the book?

  12. Glenda M says

    Great tips for aspiring authors!

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