Wednesday’s are one of my favorite days of the week because it gives me that boost that I usually need by this time each week. Anyone else start the week off with high expectations in your writing goals and then start to slack as the week rolls on? Author Tabitha Bouldin is here to help us kick it into gear.
Name: Tabitha Bouldin
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Latest Release: Trial by Faith
Writing Tip for Authors:
I think my favorite Writing Tip is one I only recently discovered. Miranda July says, “Don’t worry about the bad drafts.” Every rough draft is going to be bad. They’re good, because we finally got the idea down on paper. But they’re bad because there are many, many rewrites needed to make that bad draft into a worthy novel. Just because the draft is bad doesn’t mean you shouldn’t press on. You believed in the story enough to write it once, it deserves to be worked over until it’s exactly what you wanted.
I always say to learn to love the editing phase. Everything that you were unsure of at first, or were dying to fix while you were writing can be fixed in this phase. This is where the real writing happens.
Believe in yourself. No one else can give you the confidence you’re going to need when you place that manuscript into the wide world of readers. Don’t set your heart by the reviews. Reviews are great. We all love reviews. But don’t let a bad review set the tone for your belief in yourself. It is impossible to please every reader all the time. Believe in your story, told your way. Only you have the experiences to make that story come to life in the way that you see it.
I think this is important for every writer to learn early on. You will not be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay! Like you said, there’s no way to please every reader all the time. Get excited about the ones that are excited about your story. They are your target readers.
Two years after Cheyenne saw him shot while in active duty with the military, Kane is finally home for good. While on his way to pay Cheyenne a visit, catastrophe throws him together with Faith Graystone. Faith needs to get home. Her two boys are counting on her to come back, but the road is impassable. As a former soldier, the one thing Kane cannot do is walk away from someone who needs his help.
Tabitha was born, raised, and still lives in the same small town in middle Tennessee. A member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), she has been writing for nearly five years but only recently began publishing her work. She is currently working on achieving her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing with a specification in fiction. Her books are meant to encourage others through the trials of life. While the stories are fiction, they come from situations that many of us face.
Before you go, take a moment and check out Tabitha’s book, Trial by Faith and connect with her on social media.
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We would love to hear from you! Do you enjoy the editing phase? How easy is it for you to wait until this phase to start editing? Do you have a hard time with negative reviews?