No, really. It is.
At least, it’s not all fun and games. It’s actually work. Lucky for we merry band of writers, this work happens to be fun. And, speaking of that band of pen-happy folks, I am pleased to introduce a darling author friend as my guest blogger. She is a wonderful inspiration and a hard-at-work writer. She’s always there to support or provide insight to her fellow writer, and for that (among other reasons of her awesomeness) I am happy to call her a kindred spirit.
<—- Jealous? You should be!
Caitlin recently released Paranormal Legacy: the Inhuman Chronicles Book One on Kindle and it is coming soon in paperback format. Grab it while it’s hot! (Or cold, considering there are some creepies that go bump in the night within her crafted pages) and be sure to leave her a review as well!
Hope you enjoy Caitlin’s insight as much as I do!
Writing is Hard
Guest Blogger: Caitlin Hensley
Writing is fun! All writers agree about that, right? But sometimes, writing can also be difficult. I’m here today to tell you about my top three “Hardest Parts of Writing.” I’ll also give you a few tips on how to get past these seemingly impossible obstacles.
Hardest Part of Writing #1: Writing the ending of a book. I don’t want a book’s ending to be too cheesy or too dark, so I really have to work on these. And if the ending isn’t good, then it will leave a bad taste in the reader’s mouth, and they won’t want to check out future books. So I want the last scene to be the perfect finale.
Hardest Part of Writing #2: Description. Sometimes description flows great for me, but sometimes I struggle with it. When I read back over the finished manuscript, there’s either not enough to description, or too much.
Hardest Part of Writing #3: Editing a book. Editing isn’t THAT bad, since I love the way a book reads when it’s done being polished. But it can be hard for me to force myself to read the same book over and over again, combing it for errors.
Now that I’ve told you about my top three writing difficulties, here are some tips for those of you who struggle with the same three obstacles.
Tip #1: When writing the ending of your book, there are several things you can use to help you. First of all, make it satisfying. Even if it’s the first book in a trilogy or series, all the loose ends should be tied up, not left dangling. Second, make the reader feel something emotionally. Make them happy that they spent so much time reading your book. And third, don’t turn up the sappiness factor. The last three chapters shouldn’t be about the characters watching the sunrise and thinking about the experience. That’s boring and pointless.
Tip #2: When writing description, sprinkle it throughout the story instead of pouring in enough to smother your readers. If you have a long paragraph that’s nothing but description, it not only slows the story’s pace, but the readers will probably forget the description almost immediately. Scatter little description snippets throughout a scene, and the momentum will keep rolling.
Tip #3: When editing your finished manuscript, keep yourself motivated. Remember why you wrote this book in the first place, and how much you want other people to love it. And giving yourself little rewards, like chocolate bars, helps a lot too.
Caitlin Hensley has been telling stories since she learned to hold a pen, and is pretty much obsessed with writing. She’s the author of The Inhuman Chronicles, as well as the novelette Together Alone. When not typing frantically on her laptop, she’s usually dancing, catching up on reruns of her favorite TV shows, or getting lost in a great book. She lives in rural Oklahoma with her family and a slightly nutty Chihuahua.