Guest posting on Layered Pages Writers Series

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Why do I write?
What impact has writing had on my life?
What advice would I give to new writers?

Stephanie Hopkins poses these questions to me today on Layered Pages. Join us!


Get swept away to the 12th centurySweeping battles, forbidden love, and 2 knights fighting for Richard the Lionheart
A 2014 B.R.A.G. Medallion honoree and Readers’ Favorite
Get it on Amazon (print & ebook) & Nook and at Smashwords.
Book II of Battle Scars: For King and Country
will be published in 2015.

Rebecca’s advice to writers – giving it to us straight

This book might come in handy.

Thank you, Rebecca T. Dickson, for reminding me (and other writers) that writing is not all shiny and the writing life is not easy, but if you love it, you will endure. Rebecca’s post is from 2013, but the points she makes still hit home. I really had to laugh at these 3 because I am guilty! Very guilty. (But working on it.)

• You will latch onto words or phrases and repeat them throughout your work

• The words and phrases you repeat will change over time.

• The habit of repeating shit will not.

If we don’t laugh at ourselves – and don’t recognize our shortcomings – we will never get better at what we do. As Rebecca notes, our first manuscripts will be rough. “Your later work, in its early drafts, will still suck… You may never feel good about what you write. Write anyway.”

And to end this post, a quote from Shannon Hale: “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”

Have a great week!

¹This old post of mine from 2012, in which I’d written about cleaning out those offenders, made me laugh when I re-read the line about the Crusade “novella.” Ha! And Mark Rogers has me writing a trilogy! (Okay – I have sort of admitted that I’m making plot notes about book 3.)

Thursday Walks on the blog side…

Snow!Hello world! We woke up to a couple of inches of snow this morning in Kansas and frigid – actually, winter – temperatures. What a concept!  I love the winter. Love snow. But when temperatures remain in the 60s-70s consistently from October through December, it’s hard to take that day they suddenly plummet to 5°F. Add the wind and we’re dipping into sub-zero temps. Can you say BRRRRR?

Well of course we have articles to recommend. It’s Thursday, right?

Did you miss this one about a new book just published? Run. Go buy it. Now. 🙂

Things I’ll need to ponder in the coming months:

Joanna Penn writes: Help! My book isn’t selling. 10 Questions You Need To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books…

The New World of Publishing: Goals and Dreams via Dean Wesley Smith.
He has a list of what you need to be a professional writer. Point #4: “The hunger to keep learning writing craft and the knowledge you will never be good enough.”

How Do We Handle Rejection and Keep on Pressing? via Kristen Lamb.

Okay – time for me to head to writers group. They’ll get a dose of my 12th century crusaders novel and we’ll share the bottle of wine I’m bringing. I do believe a little celebration is in order, don’t you? First novel published!! Whew!

What exciting plans do you have?