by Rachel Carrington
Author, Sweet Poison
Just recently, I ran into a man whose wife is a fan of mine. It was a first for me, especially when the husband asked if he could take a picture with me to prove to his wife that he’d actually met me. After the picture, we had a short conversation about writing. We didn’t spend much time together, but after I left, I started thinking about his story, not the one he told me … the one he didn’t.
I believe that everyone has a story to tell. Maybe they don’t know how to string the words together to make the story make sense, but it’s there. We all have one, or we wouldn’t be here.
Have you been thinking the same thing? Maybe the story isn’t about your life, but it’s an idea that you’ve had for quite some time, and you’re just not sure how to get started. You’ve opened a Word document, typed a few lines then just as quickly deleted those sentences. And then you wonder how to take that first step. How do you get started writing?
Well, I’m no expert, but there are three things I tell everyone who wants to write but aren’t quite sure where to begin. These aren’t rules, just my thoughts on the beginning process of writing. If you’re someone looking to begin the writing journey, maybe they’ll help.
1. Take a basic writing class in whatever genre you’re interested in. This sounds so simple, but if you’re completely new at this, you’ll need the basics.
2. Brush up on your grammar and sentence structure. There are many ways to improve your grammar online without cost, and, if you’re serious about writing, you need to know how to construct a sentence properly. You don’t have to be a scholar, but publishers are looking for clean manuscripts.
3. Get a lot of practice by starting small. If want to write but aren’t sure you can commit to a complete novel, shoot for a short story or flash fiction. The most important thing is to get some experience. The only way to do that is to write.
These suggestions might seem simplistic, but if you’re just starting your writing career, you’ll soon discover how absolutely necessary they are. You’ll continue to learn and practice until you are comfortable with writing more than just a few lines in a new Word document.
I look forward to reading your story!
I started writing years ago, and my first attempt was a contemporary romance that will never see the light of day. I think I may even have thrown it away by now. It was absolutely horrific as I knew nothing about, well ... anything to do with writing. So I tossed it and tried again. And again.
I finally started writing fantasy romances about wizards and witches, and once those caught on, I segued to paranormal romances (hello, vampires and ghosts) and romantic suspense. I mainly write in those genres now, but I have branched out, just recently, into zombie romance and young adult. (Sometimes, the muse really is weird.)
I also write articles for various magazines, including The Writer's Journal, Writer's Magazine, Writer's Weekly, Writing for Dollars, Absolute Write, and Funds for Writers.
I'm fortunate to make my home in historical Charleston, South Carolina where I just bought my first house. Beautiful city. Beautiful people. My cat, Temperance, is my roommate ... or mortgage holder, depending upon who you ask.
When I'm not writing, I love to read paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and young adult, create videos, shop, put together jigsaw puzzles, cross-stitch, and drink lots of coffee.
You can find me all over the internet, but here are just a few of the places:
My website: www.rachelcarrington.com
Facebook Fan Page: AuthorRachelCarrington
Two lucky winners will receive an eBook copy of Rachel Carrington’s book, Sweet Poison!
About the book:
A calculating killer is giving new meaning to the phrase “cheaters never win.” Targeting married men eager to cheat on their wives, she gives them the ride of their lives and never leaves a trace of evidence. To the detectives trying to find her, she’s invisible.
Detective Jaden McKoy is tired of the pile-up of bodies she's leaving behind, but what makes his job tougher is his precinct commander. They'd shared more than cases before she outranked him, and now she wants to keep their relationship strictly professional. It’d be a hell of a lot easier if he didn’t know what that body of hers looked like underneath the lieutenant’s crisp exterior.
Lieutenant Kennedy Biltmore would have been perfectly happy if she hadn't gotten transferred to Jaden's precinct, especially considering her transfer made her his boss. For the sake of her career, she couldn't think of him as anything other than a detective. But her memory wasn't buying it.
In the search for a killer who shows no signs of stopping ... or remorse, Jaden is faced with a tragedy that threatens to destroy him. Only Kennedy stands between him and the loss of everything he is. But when he becomes the killer's prey, the choice he makes could not only end his career but rip him out of Kennedy's arms forever.
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