Advice for Lovers by Leigh Greenwood – Guest Blog and Giveaway

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Some people think coming up with the idea for the story is the hard part of writing a book, and that after that everything else is easy. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The ideas are the easy part. Every writer has hundreds of them spinning around in his head at any given moment. Most of them can’t be turned into a book or are not suitable for the writer’s genre.

Once you have an idea, you need to decide if it interests you enough to hold your attention for the next six months to a year. If you’re bored with your own story, chances are you’ll bore the reader, too. Next you have to work with it to see if it can support a story of 100,000 words. If not, can you include subplots and secondary characters which are essential to the plot, not just fillers? Some writers outline in detail, others just start writing, but regardless of your writing style, you have to come up with a story that will sustain a reader’s interest for 100,000 words.

Now comes the hard part. You have to sit your butt in a chair, start typing, and make characters come to life who are so real and so engaging that your reader won’t want to put the book down to go to sleep. Some of your planning will help, and other parts will have to be discarded. Some plot points won’t have the importance you expected, unexpected events will take on greater importance, and your characters won’t do what you want them to do. If you’ve created characters so real they seem to have a life of their own, you have to go with them. That means being flexible and working through tangles you didn’t expect.

You finally get to the end of the book and breath a sigh of relief, but you’re only half done. Now you have to do the first revisions. Some scenes didn’t work as well as you thought, some characters are flat and need to be written out, some elements of the plot need a lot of tweaking to work like you hoped. Okay, you’ve finally gotten that done and it time to go back and check the details. Times, dates, historical evidence, clothes, houses, even the types of guns being used.

Finally you send it off to your editor and cross your fingers. Hopefully, she likes. If not, you may have to rewrite entire scenes, chapters, or even large sections of the book. You may have to alter your plot, change motivations, even reshape your main characters. Once that is done, you have to face the copy editor. This is usually easy, but once in a while it can be a headache.

This is really only a short version of what it takes to write a book, but hopefully it will give you a greater appreciation of the months of work necessary to provide you with those hours of pleasure.


11_14 leigh greenwoodTorn Between a Desire to be Free…

When Laurie Spencer said “I do”, she never realized she’d be trading one pair of shackles for another—until her husband’s unexpected death leaves her with an opportunity to escape her controlling family for good. Determined to be independent, Laurie approaches sexy rancher Jared Smith with an offer she hopes he can’t refuse…

And a Longing to be His…

Jared’s determined to make it in Texas, but with the local banker turned against him, it looks like his dream may be slipping through his fingers. When unconsciously sensual Laurie offers a partnership, his luck may be changing…but when she throws herself in as part of the deal, Jared’s not sure he’ll be able to respect the terms of their agreement and keep his eyes—and his hands—to himself.

There’s something about Laurie that awakens every protective instinct Jared has…and when all hell breaks loose, there’s nothing and no one who’ll be able to keep this cowboy from her side.


Leigh Greenwood is the USA Today bestselling author of the popular Seven Brides, Cowboys, and Night Riders series. The proud father of three grown children, Leigh resides in Charlotte, North Carolina. He never intended to be a writer, but he found it hard to ignore the people in his head, and the only way to get them out was to write. Visit him at








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