One of my favorite things to do is curl up under my comforter, open a window, and listen to the rain. There’s just something so soothing and peaceful about hearing the rain softly hitting the earth, especially if there are still leaves on the ground. The gentle swooshing of it cascading down the window, as the wind blows in a cool breeze. It makes we want to burrow under the covers and take a long nap.
Working from home, and taking care of a four year old, I don’t have much time to linger under the covers listening to the rain as I would like. There’s a mountain of laundry that needs to be taken care of, dishes to wash, books to edit, new story worlds to create. However, I did take a moment and step outside to the patio and listen for a few minutes. I know we’ve had so much rain lately, and I long for sunshine and warmth, but there’s also a nice stillness that floods over me when I listen to the rain fall.
Whether you have bright sunny weather or another rainy day like me, take a moment and read this week’s Wisdom Wednesday by author, Laurean Brooks.
I know I could use some writing wisdom to help pull me through the week!
Name: Laurean Brooks
Genre: Historical and Contemporary Christian Romance
Latest Novel: Not What He Ordered
Always be true to your own inner voice. As new authors, we may tend to imitate established authors whom we admire. We can learn from reading and studying their techniques, but we must not “become” them. God gave to each a special gift to be used in a unique way to serve Him. Let God guide you and be yourself, if you want to honor Him.
Join book promotion sites, especially those where readers and writers meet. Promote regularly, and do not get discouraged. Rome was not built in a day. Keep your name before the throngs on social media. Interact with your readers, comment about other things besides your books and writing. Very important: (preaching to myself) Cut out time to write, daily, if possible. To borrow a slogan from a best selling author, “Your best marketing tool is your “next” book.
Great advice. We are always telling each other to read, read, read, but it’s also important to keep your writing voice yours and not someone else.
This was actually on my “to-do” list today, to join more book promotion sites and network with other authors and readers.
Favorite Writing Tip for New Writers:
Do not get discouraged. When sales are down, or if we get a bad review, we sometimes want to crawl into fetal position and have a pity party. Instead, go to Amazon or GoodReads and re-read all the great reviews. Then re-read that bad review. Can you learn anything from it? If not, forget it and move on.
I’ve seen where a few mean-spirited reviewer slapped an author with an undeserving one or two star review and added scathing remarks that made no sense. I doubt they have even read the book. Ignore these people. Only God know why they do what they do. Even pray for them. We are told to, “Pray for your enemies,” and “Bless those who persecute you.” Remember: Hurting people hurt people.
I love this. We all can get discouraged from time to time, but in those moments, just remember why you wrote your book in the first place. It wasn’t for that bad review, but for all the others who enjoyed your book, and because you had a story that needed to be told.
When Carrie Franklin struggles with a drunk, leaving him unconscious or perhaps dead, she flees. Forgetting the promise to her deceased mother, she deserts her feckless brother and takes the train to Abilene, Texas.
Carrie soon learns that her traveling companion, with whom she shares a seat, is a Mail Order Bride en route to meet her finance. Molly tell Carrie that her friend, Katy, who was set to join her as a Mail Order Bride, backed out of her betrothal to rancher, Josh Kramer.
When Molly learns that Carrie will disembark at Abilene, Katy’s destination, she pleads with Carrie to explain to Josh, that his Mail Order Bride changed her mind. Due to missed communication, interruptions, and an empty purse, Carrie finds herself seated beside Josh, assuming the name of Katy Davis, and headed for the Kramer Ranch.
Carrie tries to tell Josh’s aunt the truth, but before she can, Aunt Em reveals a deception of her own. Carrie finds herself in a quagmire. If she reveals her true identity sweet Aunt Em will also suffer.
Leery of Katy Davis, Josh never suspects his aunt’s role in the deception. Is Katy out to get his ranch? His attraction to her grows, but he was once burned by a woman and swore, “Never again.”
Carrie has fallen for Josh, but her secret threatens to destroy any future they might have together. Did she kill the drunk? Is the law looking for her?
Will God’s forgiveness help Carrie and Josh find true love and happiness?
Laurean Brooks lives in rural northwest Tennessee near the Tennessee/Kentucky border, with her flea-marketing, antique-hunting husband, two labs and a black cat. She writes inspirational romance with heart, humor, and unpredictable characters. Chivalrous heroes stand by to rescue their spunky ladies from a plethora of self-inflicted disasters. Ms. Brooks’s sassy heroines are all too familiar with the taste of their own shoe leather, since. “Foot-in-mouth disease” prevails throughout her stories.
Thank you for joining us today, Laurean!
Please take a moment and connect with Laurean on social media, and check out her latest release, Not What He Ordered.
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