To The “New” Author – Top 3 Tips from a 19-year-old Bestselling Author

I’m so excited for this guest post from Angela Watts! Angela is also releasing her new book Golgotha, so stay tuned to the end of this post for all the goodies!

Maybe you’re brand new to writing. Maybe you’ve been writing since you were six (like me). Maybe you’ve finished your first ever manuscript. No matter where you are on your journey, if you’re a new writer at any stage… this post has some advice for you.

Write.

You will be overwhelmed by people advising that you hire a mentor, join a billion writing classes, buy stacks of how-to writing books… And while these things work for some, please, don’t spend a decade of learning things that you could’ve learned by actually writing.

It is okay to not take classes, not go to college, not hire a mentor, not have a shelf dedicated to how-to books.

Read books. Lots of them. Study fiction novels with the fervor you’d give a writing class. Write just as zealous. Write a novel. Write a short story. Write something with a friend. Just write. You can learn by writing. It’s harder to learn from an empty page.

Take care of yourself.

You might notice the trend in writing communities that plays off burn out or exhaustion. It’s not cute to not get enough sleep. It’s not funny to harm your body. So take care of yourself. Take breaks from writing and desk work to move your body. Exercise and move to help your mind, too.

Believe me, this is huge. Yes, writing a novel takes dedication and long work hours, but you still need to care for yourself. You will be more motivated to finish a book if your body is happy!

Don’t be afraid to try new things.

If you have no writing community support and struggle to build an audience on social media, keep going. Keep trying. Post about things you enjoy. Be friends with people you respect. Keep trying because it will pay off.

And try new things. Are you scared of sharing your writing? Find a critique partner to work with. Are you scared of talking about your book? Write a one line (or paragraph) hook/pitch.

I am always asking myself “what scares me?” or “what is hard for me to do?” and then doing those things. You are capable of anything you set your mind to. And when you hit that milestone, you can keep going up. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. You can do all things through Christ. So be bold.

THANK YOU, Angela, for that terrific post!

Angela is the bestselling author of The Infidel Books. She lives at Step By Step Sanctuary, Tennessee, where she raises horses, dogs, cats, and snails. She’s been writing stories since she was little, and when she’s not writing, she’s probably drawing or working with her amazing clients.

Check. Out. That. Cover. *squeals* But seriously, don’t stop there. This book sounds amazing.

Four unlikely companions must band together to escape the Realm of Bones and save their kingdom from a reign of darkness.

Prince Moray will lead his empire to glory, even if it means dabbling with forbidden black magic. But when their parents are murdered, Moray and his brother, Finnigan, are cast into Golgotha—a realm where hope is dead. Finnigan fiercely believes his god, Elohai, will rescue them, but Moray will never trust again.

Princess Ama, promised in marriage to Moray to ensure her clan’s safety from rival tribes, arrives just before a coup and becomes trapped in Golgotha with the smart-mouthed mercenary, Gunnar. Surrounded by strange monsters and ravenous demons, Ama must fight to hold on to her faith—or lose everything.

Despite Ama’s Gift of prophetic dreams, Finnigan’s Gift of energy, Moray’s magic, and Gunnar’s blades, nothing can rescue them from themselves. If they fail to escape, darkness will devour the entire kingdom.

Shadow and Bone meets Mark of the Raven in this epic for fans of faith-based young adult fantasy.

You can find the book right now on Amazon and Goodreads.

For all the blog tour goodies, check out all the awesome bloggers who are taking part!

SCHEDULE

April 8th

Nathan Renfroe | Spotlight

Joshua Reid | Review

Merie Shen

April 9th

Laura A. Grace | Author Interview

Emily Seaver | Guest Post

April 10th – Release Day

Stephen Howard | Author Interview

Jaye L. Knight | Spotlight

Michaela Bush | Author Interview

April 11th

Ian Wilson | Author Interview

Nicole Dust | Spotlight

Madisyn Zeller | Spotlight

April 12th

Hannah Gaudette | Guest Post

Lacie Ryder | Spotlight

Yakira Goldsberry | Spotlight

Published by Hannah Gaudette

Hannah Gaudette is a home-school graduate living in the hills of New England. When she’s not writing or playing with the dogs, it’s a safe bet you can find her with some other animal, like goats. She is the founder of a sustainable agriculture movement called STEWARDSHIP in central Maine. She's a life-enthusiast and advocate for food allergy awareness, youth ministry, and service dogs.

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