Writing a Letter to your Younger Self by author, Rose Lange, and a Giveaway

Welcome author Rose Lange with some writing tips and New Year Giveaway. Be sure to scroll down and read about Rose's book, Gracie's Plan, and enter our giveaway!

"Hi everybody, thanks for stopping by! First, I'd like to thank Sophia Kimble for so graciously hosting me, I truly appreciate it. I'll be honest, this blog post didn't come easy to me at first. I kept racking my brain, trying to think of a writing tip. Trying to decide what to write about period, but I was stuck! Then one day, it hit me, and I had to run to a pen and paper and write it down. Some of you may have heard about "writing letter to your younger self." I've done that at several points in my life, and it's proven useful. So I decided to "write a letter to my young writer self," and I was happy with the result. I think this is something worthy of printing off, and hanging up in my mommy cave. :)

 “A Letter to my Younger Writer Self: By Rose Lange”

Dear Young Writer,

            Don’t stress. Learn your craft, and never stop learning. Being published is wonderful, but it’s also a lot of work. Both getting there, signing that contract, when you’re knee deep in edits, and afterward. You’ll have marketing to do, status updates to keep up with on Facebook & Twitter, and let’s not forget about writing that second book. And a third, and a fourth…it never gets easier. Do what works for you, and don’t worry about what others are doing, writing, editing, etc.

            Quality over quantity. Don’t want to rush the process, enjoy it, even when what you think what you’re writing is crap, and you want to give up. It’s not. And more importantly, you can edit later.   

            Dream big. Make writer friends. Don’t live in a vacuum, go out and explore. Not every word, sentence, or paragraph is gold-cut them if they don’t belong or work. But, keep them because they might be useful in a future novel. Show don’t tell. Don’t censor yourself, and write from the heart.

            Don’t forget the reason you started writing in the first place. Never lose the joy it brings, even when you feel like what you’re writing doesn’t matter. It does. Embrace your process, make friends with craft books, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Stay humble, but be proud of your accomplishments. 

            Never lose that spark.


Older & Wiser

Convinced by her mother that she’s not woman enough to keep her husband, Annabelle O’Sullivan files for divorce after two years of marriage. Shortly thereafter, she enters an abusive relationship that leaves her frail, scarred, and broken. She’s convinced this kind of love is the only kind she’s worthy of. 

Annabelle also never thought she’d see her ex-husband, Kade Hoffman, again. But when her Aunt Gracie passes away, she’s not only inheriting her antique shop, but that it comes with a life-changing catch: that she and her ex-husband must live together in her aunt’s cabin for two months before either can inherit anything. 

Can she break down the barriers of her past and find the courage to love again?

 Rose Lange has been a reader since she was little.  Her joy for reading eventually turned into a passion for writing, which she started pursuing in high school. Her English teacher read her first manuscript, a contemporary romance, and encouraged her to keep writing. 

She is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, as well as the Wisconsin Chapter, where she has formed wonderful friendships.

Rose lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, son, and a mischievous poodle, Gizmo. She loves spending time in her “mommy” cave creating stories, and getting to know her characters.

When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching old movies, reading, and shopping.

“Gracie’s Plan,” a contemporary romance, is her debut novel.

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