Guest Post: Eliza J Scott
Thanks, Eliza for stopping by today to share your tips on writing and story-telling. Good luck with your latest release! I wish you all the best news.
MY FAVOURITE WRITING TIPS
Hi Becca, thank you for taking part in the blog tour for my new book and thank you for your fab question.
I’ve had a good think about this and what works for me is the following:
Write every day. It doesn’t have to be a huge amount, but if you make the time to write, even a few paragraphs, you’ll feel like you’ve achieved something and are inching your way closer to getting your book finished. It also helps to keep you in the rhythm of your story. It doesn’t have to be your best writing either, just scribble something as it all helps to keep your story moving forward; there’s plenty of time for editing later.
Prepare a spreadsheet of your characters. This really helps you keep on top of things as you’re writing and it’s useful to have something like this to hand – you can’t always remember a character’s birthday etc. and it’s surprising how many times you need something like this. I start with my main characters, adding things like hair and eye colour, height, what type of style they have, their age and DOB, what car they drive – anything I can think of that is unique to them. I also have a separate spreadsheet of where all of my characters live in the village, which is especially useful when I’m referring to sub–characters. It definitely helps to de-clutter my mind so I can get on with writing my story!
Make sure you’re comfortable! This may sound daft, but if anything is distracting you – an uncomfortable chair, for example – then it will stop you giving your full attention to your writing. For me, if my feet are cold, it occupies too much of my mind, so I have to make sure they’re warm – even if it means wearing several pairs of socks and resting them on a hot–water–bottle!
Once you’ve got to that glorious point of actually finishing your first draft, have a break from it for a few weeks. Doing this really helps to give you some clarity so when you go back to it, it’s easier to see where it might not flow so well, or if a scene isn’t working. At this point, I’d also recommend actually printing your story off rather than reading it from your computer screen. It’s amazing what little errors you pick up that you’d miss otherwise.
Final tip: if you’re going to self–publish, invest in an editor. I cannot stress this enough. They’re honestly worth their weight in gold, and there are some great ones out there who have a specific editing process/pricing for us indie authors. It might seem like a hefty investment of your money at first, but it will pay for itself eventually, and you only have that outlay once. I wouldn’t recommend relying on friends and family (except maybe checking for typos) as they’ll just tell you what they think you want to hear and, more importantly, they don’t have the training and skills of a professional editor.
So, there you go, simple tips that helped me get to the publication of my first novel and continue to do so as I’m working on the second instalment of my Life on the Moors series.
The Letter – Kitty’s Story
Thirty-four-year-old Kitty Bennett is trapped in a loveless marriage to criminal barrister, Dan, who’s gradually isolated her from her family and friends. Until the day she (literally) bumps into her first love, the handsome and easy-going Ollie Cartwright – someone she’s done her best to avoid for as long as she can remember. Looking into Ollie’s eyes awakens feelings for him she thought she’d buried deep years ago, and he clearly feels the spark, too. As she walks away, Kitty can’t help but wonder what might have been…
Dan senses that his marriage is on shaky ground and knows he needs to win his wife round. He turns on the charm, skilfully using their two children, Lucas and Lily, as bargaining tools. But Kitty’s older brother, Jimby, and her childhood best-friends, Molly and Violet, have decided enough is enough. For years they’ve had to watch from afar as Kitty’s been browbeaten into an unrecognisable version of herself. They vow to make her see Dan for what he really is, but their attempts are no match for his finely-honed courtroom skills and, against her better judgement, Kitty agrees to give her husband one last chance. But, all-too-soon, a series of heart-breaking events and a shocking secret throw her life into turmoil…
Will she stand by Dan, or will Kitty be brave enough to take the leap and follow her heart to Ollie? Life is anything but peaceful in the chocolate-box pretty village of Lytell Stangdale, where life unravels, and hearts are broken. Full of heart-warming moments, this book with have you crying tears of joy, laughter and sadness.
Author Bio – I live in a village in the North Yorkshire Moors with my husband, two daughters and two black Labradors. When I’m not writing, I can usually be found with my nose in a book/glued to my Kindle, or in my garden. I also enjoy bracing walks in the countryside, rounded off with a visit to a teashop where I can indulge in another two of my favourite things: tea and cake.
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