Last month we gave away a signed copy of Brandilyn Collins’ new novel Over the Edge. (If you didn’t win, you can buy Over the Edge here.) This month we’re giving away a signed copy of Lauraine Snelling’s A Heart for Home.
And to go along with it, here’s part 2 of our interview with Lauraine. (Did you miss Part 1 of our interview with Lauraine Snelling?)
GWP: If you could only give unpublished fiction writers one piece of advice, what would you tell them?
Lauraine: I know this is hackneyed, but keep writing. Too many people give up, aren’t willing to put in the hours it takes to learn the craft, learn about story, and then practice. This is not an easy life. As someone has said, “if it were easy, everyone would be doing it.”
I think with the new possibilities of easier publishing with ebooks, etc. that many will be tempted to take the short cut. The quality of writing will show.
Really only one?
(GWP: Since she’s such a well-respected author, we decided to bend the rules and let her add a second one 😉 )
Lauraine: The other is to keep reading and studying how other authors write. Choose the ones you like best and deconstruct, this is my new word for teaching, deconstruct a novel, meaning take it apart and see what makes it work. I use colored marker pens to help with this. Okay, I’ll stop now.