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October 3, 2017

Blog Tour: Savage by Nicole Conway – Guest Post and Giveaway

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Savage by Nicole Conway

presented by Month9Books!

We have Nicole on the blog today with some writing tips for aspiring authors!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.

 

 

 

 

Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

Savage (Dragonrider Legacy #1)
by Nicole Conway
Publication Date: September 26, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books

 

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Top 10 Writing Tips for Aspiring Writer

 

 

  1. “If you aren’t enjoying writing it, no one is going to enjoy reading it.”

Readers can ABSOLUTELY pick up on whether or not a writer is “into” a scene, chapter, character, etc. If you’re bored, frustrated, or just not feeling it … they will pick up on that energy and that isn’t the message you want to send. Make sure you are having fun. If you’re not, maybe it’s time to step back and take a really objective look at whatever you’re hung up on. Is that scene necessary? Is there a different way to tell this part of the story? Those are tough questions, especially if you’re 50,000 words into a story and feel it starting to fizzle. But it’s always better to do it right and keep that energy flowing.

  1. “Keep it moving.”

I find the easiest way to keep a plot moving and interesting is to have a specific purpose behind every single scene – something I’m showing the readers beyond just the obvious. That way the end of every chapter reveals something about the characters they didn’t know before.

  1. “Know your weaknesses.”

I have a nasty habit of repeating myself. It’s hard for me to catch, but I’m aware of it. Knowing your own bad habits and tendencies is a fantastic way to grow as a writer. You have to be aware of those things and try to form new, better habits! The best way to achieve this is through editing. The very best editors are not just the ones who sling red ink all over your work – they are the ones who strive to show you these bad habits and teach you ways to improve.

  1. “Know your strengths.”

I live to write action scenes. Battles, swords, magic – all that stuff really ignites my creativity. It’s one of the few things I feel confident that I can do right, so I try to incorporate those kinds of scenes in every couple of chapters. Using your strengths as a writer liberally will make your work stronger. Don’t be sparing with them!

  1. “Answer the 4-W’s in the first chapter.”

I teach a “Basics of Novel Writing” course and one of the things I find myself repeating over and over is trying to stress the importance of answering what I call the 4-W questions:

  • “Who is this story about?”
  • “Where is it happening?”
  • “What’s wrong?”
  • “Why do I care?”

Answering these simple questions in your first chapter sets the stage and gets the reader prepped for what’s to come. You don’t have to reveal everything, of course, but find some way to convey these answers even if it’s subtle. I always think of the opening of The Hunger Games because she wasted no time getting that information to her readers. That first chapter was extremely effective!!

  1. “Know your audience.”

Knowing who you are writing to (children, middle grade, teen, adult, students, professionals, etc.) will serve as your guide when it comes to appropriateness of content, editing, and so on. It’s the compass you’re steering your work by.

  1. “Sensitive content …”

Always ask yourself if it’s necessary. Does it add to the story? Does it do anything for it? Do you lose anything if you leave it out? The reason to ask yourself this is because for every bit of mature or sensitive content you include, you risk excluding some of your potential audience. I’ve found that many parents will read and screen what they’re allowing their children to read. So if your goal is to write a middle grade series, you need to be able to pass the “Mom Censor” or risk losing a chunk of your prospective readers.

  1. “Avoid clichés.”

This can be hard. I know I faced a lot of struggles trying to reinvent the notion of the dragonrider for this series. But it can be done. I decided to take an angle of militaristic and realism – to treat them as though they were real and explain how they would be trained, what they would utilize, how they would fight together, and so on. This is a viewpoint of dragonriders that hadn’t been done before. So whatever it is you choose to write about, find some way to make it new and make it yours!

  1. “Always be writing.”

I think my family and friends are still figuring out that to be an author means you are ALWAYS working on something. Edits, a new book, rewriting, more edits – to be a writer is to be writing. All. The. Time.

  1. “Forget thick skin, grow a turtle shell.”

I can’t think of another profession where an individual is put at more risk for personal attack than being an author in this day and age. Every word we put in print is subject to scrutiny. Is the cover not pretty enough? Blame the author. Is there a typo on page 1,304? Blame the author. Is the book out of stock? Blame the author. Don’t like a character’s romantic choices? Blame the author. It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed, embarrassed, defeated, and bullied. Reviewers can be brutal. But take a deep breath, go for a walk, watch your favourite movie – do whatever you have to do in order to shake it off. We ALL experience that, from the novice to the 10x NYT Bestseller. It’s just the nature of this career.

 

 

About Nicole Conway

Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.
Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.
She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.
Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

 

 

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  1. Lacey Waters
    10/3/2017

    This looks awesome! Thank you

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  2. Edye
    10/8/2017

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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