Advice for New Writers by Sara Humphreys – Guest Blog and Giveaway

We welcome Sara Humphreys with us today as part of her virtual book tour organized by the publisher. Leave a comment or ask the author a question for a chance to win a print copy of Vampire Trouble. Read our review of the book here.

Top 5 Pieces of Advice for New Writers
Once I became a published author I had other writers asking me what they should do and to be honest, I wasn’t really sure what to say. I still fee like I’m new at this and I learn something new every day. Whether it’s about writing or the business of writing–every day there is a learning opportunity. I’m not an expert and I’m still figuring things out but here are my Top 5 Pieces of Advice.

1. Put your butt in the chair and write because you can’t edit a blank page: Actually, this is totally advice I heard from Nora Roberts–the queen herself. And she’s absolutely right! There’s nothing more terrifying than a blank page but the best way to get past the fear and doubt is to get some words on there. You can always fix them–and in most cases you will. So just do it. Sit down and write.

2. Disconnect the internet: When I’m writing, I have to turn off my internet connection because it’s too easy to get distracted with all the fun on FB orTwitter or Pinterest or insert-social-media-fun-here.

3. Get your butt out of the chair: I know this seems to contradict #1 but let me explain. I gained about 15 pounds during my first year and half as a full-time writer. I sat in the chair for 6-8 hours a day. Not only was it not good for my waistline but it wasn’t good for my health either. For the first time in my life, I developed high blood pressure. I knew something had to change. Now I workout every morning but I also make it a point to get up and move around once an hour. It’s good for your body and your brain. I’ve lost 30+ pounds and I feel great. So keep moving.

4. Connect with other writers: Whether it’s on Facebook or with your local RWA group–get yourself a group of writer friends. Not only do they understand what you mean when you say your characters are talking to you, they’ll also understand challenges you face. Romance writers are the most supportive group of people. Get connected. You’ll learn and you’ll laugh.

5. There is no right way to write: When I first started this journey I would cringe when I heard other authors talking about their process. What they did wasn’t even close to what I did.It made me think I was doing it wrong. Nope.What I quickly learned is that there isn’t any “right way” to write. You will have your own process and once you figure out what works for you—stick with it. Writing, like most things in life, is highly personal.

I know I said 5 but there is one more thing I want to add.

Never ever give up. Don’t stop. Keep writing. Keep submitting. You’ll get there because the only difference between a published author and an unpublished author is perseverance.

7_16 Vampire TroubleShane Quesada, a four-centuries-old vampire sentry, is known for cold, unemotional precision when hunting rogue vampires. Maya Robertson is a youngling vampire who will not be controlled—and to prove it, she rejects Shane’s protection, only to find herself in over her head with werewolf royalty.

When a war between the coven and the werewolf clan threatens to ignite, Maya and Shane flee to Louisiana, where their passion for each other grows, as does Maya’s power. When she finds herself at the center of the conflict, will she finally trust Shane with her life—and her heart?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 7_16 saraSara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. A public speaker and speaking trainer, Sara lives with her husband—who is very considerate of her double life—and her four amazing boys in Bronxville, New York. Sara Humphreys

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for hosting me.

  2. Helpful advice

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  3. SHELLEY S says:

    GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY! calicolady60@hotmail.com

  4. Good advice for not just writers, but any profession. I especially like #3 – the internet is great, but a HUGE distractor!
    Heading to check the review now 🙂

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