On every blog tour I’ve done the hosts have always ask the question: What advice do you have for aspiring writers? I feel woefully inadequate to give advice to others.
I am by no means an expert. In fact, I still have a lot to learn, but the question always comes up. I’ll share with you a few points that have helped me in my career and hope that will help others, even if just a little.
- Write what feels right. Don’t try to replicate what’s popular today because that could change very quickly. When J. K. Rowling started writing Harry Potter wizard were not the rage. Vampires and werewolves weren’t all the rage when Stephanie Meyers wrote about a gang of sparkling high school students. My point is that if you love it, write about it. You could be the next be thing if you’re willing to go your own way.
- The devil is in the details. When I write I try to think about every move the character is making. I think this is particular important in romance writing. If you want the reader to get into a sex scene they need to be able to visualize the geography and choreography of the scene. Where are his hands? How did you get to the bed? Where did you clothes land? That kind of thing. This is one of my biggest challenges. I can see it in my head, but will the reader see it in theirs?
- Write with all of your senses. Tell me about the texture of the sheets, the smell of the characters, the taste of what they’re drinking, and what it sounded like those shoes hit the floor. Sensory emersion is the idea for me.
- Keep a notebook with you. The biggest lie we tell ourselves is: I’ll remember that. No, you won’t. And kick yourself for not writing it down. I know some writers who leave voice notes on their smart phones. That’s also a good option. When an idea comes to me I’m normally not sitting in front of my laptop. I always ALWAYS have something on my incase I need to take a note.
I hope these few suggestions will get you thinking about your next work of literary art. If you have any questions I’d be glad to try and answer them for you. Again, I’m no expert but I’ll gladly share what has worked for me. Happy writing!