I’ve been posting editing tips on my blog for months. I’ve seen several authors offer tips on Goal-Motivation-Conflict, Edits, Research, World Building, Character Sketch …
So today I decided I would offer a word of advice that may not sound like a writing tip, but is beneficial to any author who wants to be the best they can be.
If you are not already a member of RWA, join! So much information is available. From there you learn to do a number of things. You can join chapter groups, critique groups, you’ll find friends are eager to offer help. There is nothing like shared information between members and you make so many friends.
Take every workshop available—GMC, POV, character interviews, etc. Everything imaginable is offered. So many talented teachers/authors/presenters willing to show you how to make a better manuscript. Learn as much as you can. It will show in your writing.
I don’t have to tell any writer how difficult it is to find time to put words to paper, let alone create them in your mind. When you need a lift, or you are down about your writing, reach out. Everyone has been there. Authors rally with encouragement and give inspiration in abundance. Whatever it takes to boost your confidence.
Enter contests and keep your mind open. Take criticism as constructive. Make your writing better. Don’t expect success overnight. It is a long, hard process. If you are determined, keep trying.
Don’t give up.
It took years of putting words on paper, joining RWA, joining other chapters, entering contests, submissions, rejections. Every one of these things created the author I am today. Keeping my spirit and turning criticism into drive.
I get a lot of joy from creating new characters and bringing them together in a romantic tale. I’m thrilled to announce “The True One” is available at amazon December 17th.
GIVEAWAY JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS.
Antique Malls are popular here in Virginia. Among the many dealers, I came across some interesting jewelry. I found these lovely Black Onyx - Artisan Stone Earrings. So I am offering these lovely earrings for my contribution to Sophia’s contest giveaway. Enter to win.
His ship in splinters and his men captured, Stephen is a broken man. Yet the torture he received by his enemies is nothing compared to the torment he bears from an angel with lavender eyes.
Jennifer left England full of a young girl’s fantasies of romance and adventure. When she cares for a near death captain, memories emerge of the family she left behind. Will the passion they share be enough? He must choose – her or revenge.
Find out what happened to Kat’s brother in the thrilling sequel of the One and Only series.
A Man Without A Heart.
Morgan Bartholomew Langston, Earl of Whetherford, has finally decided to accept his fate. Tired of dangerous assignments and putting his neck on the line, he has returned to his ancestral home to accept the title of his birthright and produce the required heir. But, when he arrives, he finds his home has been invaded and a female has taken off with his mother’s jewels. Morgan decides the traitorous jade will not get away, so he sets into motion a plan to bring her back. When he abducts the wrong woman, his reaction to her brings him dangerously close to breaking his vow of forbidden emotions.
A Woman Without A Love.
Katherine Elizabeth Radbourn is a strong, independent woman and at the age of twenty three, is still unwed. In a desperate attempt to find her brother, she is abducted which leads her on a journey to love and mistaken identity. Once she meets her captor, fear and indignation dissipates to an overwhelming awareness. Even though he tells her she is the wrong one, Kat realizes she has finally met a man that – not only she is attracted to – but has awakened her woman’s body. Does he really care for her or does he secretly yearn for the woman she is supposed to be? Uncertainty makes her risk the very man she has given her soul.
A determined man, a headstrong woman, and a battle of wills.
Matthew longs for a woman to share his life, not his bank account. He owns a prestigious company that he rules with an iron fist. On his way to an important meeting, a light flirtation turns into more than he expects. He meets a woman with more confidence and strength than most men. Long legs get his attention, but Carrie attracts his interest. The alluring beauty does not need his money, and makes it clear she does not need him. He accepts the unspoken challenge.
Carrie trusts no man. An executive partner, she possesses a confidence that makes her assertive and her aggressiveness toward the male gender is somewhat intimidating. Until a pair of mischievous eyes melts her defenses, and has her second guessing her convictions. The day he shoved her into that cab he must have chiseled a chink in her armor. Matthew charges into her well organized life, cracks the stone wall she’s built and instills an emotion she swore never to allow.
Infatuation and excitement spark a journey of passion and forbidden emotion where two people must overcome their earlier convictions to find an everlasting love.
Samanthya Wyatt loves a good romance story. Ideas were persistently running through her head, so she began writing in hopes to one day see her own book sitting on a shelf.
Samanthya lives with her husband in the Shenandoah Valley. She left her accounting career and married a military man traveling and raising her children in the United States and abroad. Samanthya loves a good book, a good joke, and her playful, witty husband. She enjoys long walks on the beach, and adores her grandchildren.
Although historical is her first love, she appreciates contemporary romance and enjoys penning a story with strong characters, a bit of humor, and active scenes. She invites you to lay the worries of the world off your shoulders and get lost in the pages of a romance, where you embark on a journey with the hero and heroine, become involved in a dream, plunge into a world of fantasy, and live an adventure your heart can share.
I love to hear from readers. Please visit my website
Be sure to sign up for Sophia Kimble's newsletter to be the first to know of new contests and earn bonus entries.
Follow Sophia's blog for the latest posts on writing tips and contests