- Write what you know. Nothing you write should sound contrived, and the best thing you can do is write from the heart and from experience.
- Write away, right away! Write your heart out, as soon as inspiration strikes. Don’t ignore important promptings like lines and descriptions that may come to you in random moments. Keep a pen and paper handy (or your phone).
- Incorporate media. Listen to music that makes you think of the book, watch movies with the same types of themes as your novel, and don’t always write in the same location. If possible, go to a coffee shop or library. Inspiration is all around.
- Cast it. If you have a visual of characters to go off of, it makes descriptions easier, and if you’re a big fan of an actor that fits the bill for one of your characters, you’ll be surprised what things your imagination comes up with.
- Write a Synopsis. Knowing your project before you begin it helps you stay focused and on track, and delve further into your world since the finer points have already been hashed out.
- Don’t go back and edit until the book is written. When you’re allowing your creative juices to flow freely, you can interrupt the process by giving in to self-doubt, which is something all authors struggle with in one way or another. Just write it first, and worry about editing later. Take a cooling off period of at least a week before starting editing/rewrites.
- Develop a thick skin. Writing the book is just the first step. Be prepared to make changes to your manuscript. Think of it as an elastic band that has to be stretched as much as it can before you sail it off across the room. You can write the best novel of your life and feel accomplished, but then come the revisions and rewrites. Have heart, and know that every effort you put into your writing will make it that much better. Revisions work magic on a manuscript.
- Get a beta reader when you feel comfortable enough. This person should either be an avid reader of the genre you’re writing, a good writer themselves, or both. Do not show your unfinished manuscript to a thousand friends. People react differently to those pursuing their dreams, so safeguard yours.
- Go to the library and request a sequestered study room to write in, take a day off of work, and just write. Research is your friend.
- Use text-to-speech! After your revisions and edits are done, listening to it can really pinpoint things you might have missed, and it will give you a better picture of your work.
Cover artist: Natasha Snow
Molly Ivers has always known she’d marry a foreign man with a delicious accent. Six months ago, in a night of unbridled passion, she gave her virginity to her friend and sexy-as-can-be neighbor, rocker Evan Castle. Unfortunately, thanks to his swarm of constant groupies, things didn’t work out, but they remained friends. Now, after having just broken up with her boring, run-of-the-mill right-wing boyfriend, she’s on the verge of finishing her graduate degree and moving to Paris. She's desperate to shake things up--and find that sexy foreign man.
She’s had a crush on Nicholas Sullivan, her British professor, for as long as she can remember. So when opportunity comes knocking to spice up her appearance, in the form of a French life coach, she hires Jean Luc Dubois to help her lbecome more Parisian and hip, to reflect the person she is within. Thanks to Jean Luc’s magic, she starts to catch her hunky English prof’s eye, but the more time she spends with Evan, the more she begins to realize that her Prince Charming might just be the one she’s known all along.