We have author Melanie Milburne with some advice this week.
Your best advice for aspiring writers:
I think the only way you can become better at something is to do a lot of it. Writing the same as any other skill- you can have natural talent but that talent can be boosted and enriched by loads of practice. Think of Olympic athletes. They hone their skills for hours and hours and train their minds and bodies to perform at a superior level. Writing is exactly like that. I learnt to write by writing my first 40 books. I am still learning even though I am currently writing book number 74. Reading books on the writing craft or attending writing classes or workshops is a good way to keep challenging yourself to lift your writing to a new level. If you don't feel ready to write a complete book then start with something smaller- a childhood memory or a short piece on something you'd wished you had done but didn't, or the reverse. Every time you put words on paper it is like working a muscle. But just as our muscles get tired or can't work as hard as some days as others, so too our writing will wax and wan. But that is a normal part of the creative process. You just have to work harder on the good days!
Most memorable book you read:
I could write dozens of titles here but one that always stays with me is Mary Stewart's Nine Coaches Waiting. I love everything about that book. The writing, the characters, the setting, the plot. The happy ending! It was the first romantic suspense I ever read and I have reread it numerous times.
Which book would you recommend for all aspiring writers to read/own and why?
Dwight Swains Techniques of The Selling Writer. Even though it was first published in 1965 and numerous of writing craft books have been published since, this is the one I go back to time and time again.
Melanie Milburne has a new release:
His Mistress for a Week
What happens in Monte Carlo…
But when Clem's brother disappears with Alistair's stepsister, she isn't given a choice…she will be going with Alistair to Monte Carlo to retrieve them! Forced together for one week, they quickly realize that their enmity masks simmering, sizzling lust. They strike a deal: for one week only, all bets—and clothes—are off!
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