Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Guest Post + Giveaway ~ Fair Play by Tracy A. Ward

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Top Ten Writing Tips

  1. No matter what genre you write, buy a book called Goal, Motivation, Conflict: The Building Blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon. Make it your writing bible. 
  2. Sit down and write. 
  3. Join a writers group. Whether it’s an online community like Candace Havens’ Write Workshop or a weekly/monthly face-to-face meeting all writers need a support group. Other writers are the only people who’ve been where you’ve been, or where you’re going. They’re the ones who understand your process, however strange that may be. You need that interaction to navigate the trenches and highs and lows every writer goes through. You will learn from them and they from you.
  4. Surround yourself with things that inspire you. Whether it’s pictures of pretty people, a lake, or music, feed your soul with whatever helps you to create.
  5. Read. Read a lot. 
  6. Try something new every day. New experiences are a well for you to draw upon. They’ll give you and your characters perspective and depth.
  7. Watch people’s body language, listen to their conversations, but don’t get caught otherwise they’ll think you’re a total creeper.
  8. Watch lots of movies and television shows. Not only will they give you insight to story structure, they also demonstrate the art of dialogue. 
  9. The craft of writing is an evolutionary process. Never stop learning the craft. 
  10. Writing isn’t just writing. It’s also promoting. Buy books like The Tricked Out Toolbox: Promotion and Marketing Tools Every Writer Needs by Tonya Kappes and Melissa Bourbon Ramirez or follow Kristen Lamb’s blog We Are Not Alone at www.warriorwriters.wordpress.com
Writing three plays for a nationally acclaimed theater in Phair, Texas, wasn’t supposed to put my inheritance at risk and force me into constant contact with Noah Blake--the very guy I love to hate. But with one chance to prove to my controlling father that I can succeed as a playwright, I’ve developed a major case of writer’s block.

Cue Noah, my older brother’s best friend and the guy I’ve avoided since my crush-gone-bad days. And now my director thinks he’s the key to unleashing my creativity. He thinks Noah is my muse. Discovering the fate of the theater is also in my hands, I have no choice but to collaborate with my worst enemy. But it’s more than just a great scene Noah inspires. Now everything I thought I wanted is put to the test. And the guy I swore I was over still has a hold on my heart.
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About The Author:

After the birth of her children, Tracy had an epiphany: banking just wasn’t her thing. So she quit her corporate job, let her nanny go and became a not-so-desperate housewife by day, Sexy Women’s Fiction author by night. Her characters are every-day women, following their dreams, searching for that elusive happily ever after.

Growing up the youngest child of a freakishly large family in a small Midwestern town means she never lacks for ideas, inspiration, or moral dilemmas. Being the wife of a corporate attorney, mother of two young children, and living in a Dallas suburb provides unlimited insight into the rest.

In her spare time, Tracy is a chauffeur, a maid, a short-order cook, a coach, a psychic/intuitive who always finds what her husband loses, a yoga nut, a mango margarita connoisseur, and a really bad dancer. She’s currently contracted through Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence imprint.

You can find Tracy at the below places. | Website | Facebook | Twitter | 

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