Her Literary Paranormal take on the vampire genre harks back to the eloquence of some of the greats; and she's a writer Anne Rice took notice of in a review Nicole recently posted. Nicole's recent ebook, Release, is being received well by reviewers and the print version will hit the shelves later this year.
Please give a big Wicked Welcome to Nicole as she shares with us this week the best writing advice she ever received.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
To thine own self be true.
It happens when you least expect it.
Don’t eat the yellow snow.
The above quotes and phrases are just some of the tidbits of advice I’ve received, from my mother and my friends, as I’ve gone through my life’s journey. I’m sure you’ve heard them before. Yes, they’re cliché but they’re all true. (And besides, the Bard is never wrong!)
When I started writing my first novel, I’d gotten about a third (or maybe a quarter) of the way through, when I looked at the words on the page, the sentence structure, what scene I was trying to describe, and thought, “What the hell am I doing? I’ve got no business trying to write a book? I wasn’t even an English major, for heaven’s sakes, and this is crap!”
I was telling my good friend (who had been an English major) about my writing woes, and she said those magic words: “Good writing involves a lot of bad writing.”
Something about that phrase, it’s honesty and simplicity, clicked inside me. It was okay if what I wrote on that day wasn’t great because – I could always rewrite it. And writing does involve rewrites and redos. Bad ideas turn into golden ones once you apply the right polish.
Her advice became my mantra whenever I started to doubt my work and my abilities. It kept me going and going until ultimately, I had a novel that I could be proud of. (It features vampires in a World War II setting; they rescue Jewish children from concentration camps and kill Nazis!)
So there it is, simple and true – if you think your work is bad, or even if someone else tells you so, don’t let that discourage you. Good writing involves a lot of bad writing and good editing, so if you’ve got some messy areas that need to be cleaned up, you could be on track to something golden.
Thanks so much, Nicole, for stopping by and blogging with us today. Insightful advice to inspire any writer to never give up and look for the good in every piece they craft.
I wish you the best with Release, and its sequel Return. You bring incredible talent to the category of vampire literature and the aptly coined phrase of Literary Paranormal suits your work well.
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