Friday, June 1, 2012

Release Day Blitz The Silence of Lir

Tips for the Novice Writer

-                           Don’t shoot down your first idea. It may not be a perfect score, but if you start out your brainstorming process with judgment, you might as well not bother.
-                           You are trying! Good for you! You aren’t letting the fact that you’re attempting something new stop you from going for the gold. I’m proud of you.
-                           I keep a copy of a particularly inspiring speech around. In case I get discouraged or lose my way in the story, I pray, and if I need a little kick, I read the manifesto. Guess what, writers read.
-                           Read. Read a lot. Writers read. Fiction, nonfiction, genres you love, ones you’ve yet to fall for. Sample every color of the rainbow twice.
-                           Monogamy is for people, not writing. It’s perfectly acceptable to work on more than one project. Don’t abandon your first project completely, but it’s not cheating if you feel like jumping back and forth between two stories. It actually can help with writer’s block.
-                           Get an accountability partner. Doesn’t have to be a fellow writer, but it sure helps if it is. Set a word count goal and email your friend to let them know if you made it. The cheers will help you through the rough patches.
-                           You must write daily. Take the weekends off if you like, but during the week, you put pen to paper every day. It doesn’t all have to be Shakespeare, but ole’ Father William wasn’t written in a night. Don’t feel like eating your vegetables? Not an option. You are a writer now, and writer’s write.
-                           Talk to a few other writers. Get their process. Take what you like, put the rest on the back burner.

-                           Storms are gorgeous, but messy. This is the nature of brainstorming. Rule nothing out. Don’t worry about ruts just yet and write it all down. The only wrong answers are blank spaces.
-                           Got your main idea? Great. Map it out. Chapter one – what happens? Chapter two, and so on. Remember learning how to make a proper outline in grade school? Well, your teacher was right, you will use it after high school. Here’s your big chance. It doesn’t have to be perfectly detailed, but the skeleton should be there. It’ll help you if you get writer’s block.
-                           Who are your characters? Interview them. Eye color, hair color, favorite song, parentage, dreams, funky moles,… Everything you know about your spouse, you should know about your characters. If you don’t, your readers will smell it on you and send the angry villagers with their book-burning torches.
-                           Start your book in the second chapter. After your perfect outline, it’s often difficult to write that initial, winning sentence. Take some of the pressure off. Write chapter two first. Eventually chapter one will come to you and pretty much write itself.
-                           Be a finisher. Yep, it’s hard. But finish what you set out to do. Pick a realistic timeframe and stick to it. Eat all your broccoli, mow the lawn, finish your book.
-                           Edit, edit, edit. I’ve yet to meet a person who craps gold. Your first draft is just that, a draft. One of many. There are different types of editing: a style edit and a grammar edit. Style is the flow of the story. Grammar is your basic spell check, sentence structure and whatnot. I cannot stress how important both are. Get yourself a style editor and a grammar editor. Lather, rinse, repeat.

-                           Blog tours. Love ’em, embrace them, kiss them on the mouth and tell them your dirty, flirty secrets.
-                           Tell everyone. Humbly, gracefully, but yeah, get out the bullhorn and let your biggest fans – your friends and family – be your cheerleaders. A proud mama will spread word of an aced spelling test faster than a cold can make its way through a preschool. Imagine how she’ll be when she can brag to others about your book!
-                           Keep your chin up. As fun as it is, writing is not your ultimate definer. Are you a writer? Sure. You’re also a student, a teacher, a parent, a child, a neighbor, a member of society and if you’re lucky, a friend. Whether you sell a million copies or just the two your mom buys, you are still you. Money, success and career validation cannot and should not define you. The love you have for others, and those that will go to the mat for you will still be there when the thrill of the literary ride is over. You are more than words on a page.

Mary E. Twomey

Teaser Excerpt:

Finn coughed up blood. If this was how he was finally going to die, he’d make sure to cause as much damage as he could before his last breath.

“Hold still, Dust.” Finn heard the impatience in Eli’s voice. Impatience, not fatigue. Finn’s fortitude sank as he realized there was no way he could defeat this… man? God? Hallucination? Whatever he was, in all of Finn’s centuries on earth, he’d thought surely that he was the only anomaly.

This morning he was proven wrong. Eli was superior to him in every way. Stature, strength, ability, and if he was telling the truth, Eli was older than him as well. Were the super man not attacking him right now, Finn would have been excited to meet such a creature.

Finn swung his fist in the direction of Eli’s temple. Like he was swatting at a fly, Eli batted Finn’s arm away. 
“All right,” Eli grumbled. “Could we move this along? I’m supposed to take you with me, but it’s going to look bad if you don’t go willingly. She’s waiting.”

Finn spat blood in Eli’s face. “The only way I’ll go anywhere with you is in a body bag.”

“That would be so much easier. Unfortunately, I have orders.” Eli yanked Finn up by his t-shirt and shoved him against the dank wall of the cave. He spat in Finn’s eyes and covered them with his large hand, murmuring something in a language Finn could not understand.

Finn’s vision went from dark to a swirl of colors. Faster than a roller coaster, the world spun at a sickening pace.

When the spinning ceased, Finn found his mind’s eye in another plane of existence. The cave disappeared and his brain melted into submission as it was forced to watch whatever Eli had in store for him.

Finn began to make peace with his ever-long life coming to an end.

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The Silence of Lir
By Mary Twomey

Book 1
Genre: young adult fantasy fiction

Available as a free download on Amazon June 1-5

Behind the scenes of our spinning earth are keepers of the elements who make sure that tornados don’t destroy cities, fires don’t ravage forests, earthquakes don’t decimate towns, and floods don’t take out humanity. They wrestle with the natural elements to ensure that the world keeps spinning smoothly on its axis. 

Since the beginning of time, the Sun has been fading, and the light that shines on the earth is dimming, causing the elements to be more volatile and impossible for the keepers to control. 

Now they must enlist the help of one man, Finn, to help them bring the light back to the Sun. The keepers war, the North Star steals light from the Sun, and the Moon is in disrepute. The end of existence is coming, and all the while the king, the Moon, Lir, remains silent.

About the Author:

Mary E. Twomey lives in Michigan with her husband and two adorable children. She enjoys reading, writing, vegetarian cooking and telling her children fantastic stories about wombats.!/SagaOfTheSpheres 

Twitter @shesleepssoftly


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