November 25, 2015

Blog Tour: The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill – Top Ten List and Giveaway



Hi readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill

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Top 10 Writing Tips for Aspiring Writers



Read a lot.
Some authors say you shouldn’t read in your genre while you’re writing, but I disagree. I do try to avoid books with similar plots to what I’m writing, though, so I can be sure my ideas are fresh and mine.


Write a lot.
Some say write every day. Some say write 1,000 words a day. You have to figure out what works for you. I try to write at least a sentence every day, just to keep my head in the story. Writing a sentence is a small enough goal that I won’t get scared off from it, but most of the time one sentence quickly turns into a paragraph, a scene, a chapter, or a full-on writing binge.


Learn to write anywhere, at any time.
I wrote most of my fourth novel, My Unscripted Life (Fall 2016), from the front seat of my car in parking lots all over town, while my newborn baby snoozed in his car seat. It was the only place I could get him to nap, so it became my only writing time!


Try different things.
Try writing in present, in past, in first person and in third. It not only develops your skills, but keeps the experience fresh for you. Try rewriting a chapter of your novel in a different person or tense. Or try rewriting a chapter of your favorite novel in a different person or tense!


Take your character with you.
Jen Calonita mentioned this on a panel once, and I love it. Spend a day taking your character with you. When you order coffee, think about what your character would order. When someone cuts you off in traffic, imagine how your character would react. Spend your entire day in your character’s head. It’ll help get to know them and make them three-dimensional.


Write it down.
When you have an idea, a funny line, a character name, write it down. You think you’ll remember, but trust me, you won’t. Carry a notebook around with you, or make a note on your phone. Your future self will thank you.


“Said” is enough.
Mused, muttered, uttered, delivered, proclaimed, etc. . . . these words are distractions. Ninety-nine percent of the time, “said” is enough. It’s boring, but that’s the point. It’s the word that disappears and puts the focus on the dialogue, where it belongs.


Read reviews . . . of books you love.
There is no universally loved book. Anything you love, someone out there hates. Seeing this in stark black-and-white will help prepare you for the inevitable criticism coming your way. Jennifer E. Smith once said on a panel, “Your book is not a hundred-dollar bill. Not everyone is going to like it.” If you can’t take the criticism, you’re in the wrong business. That being said, avoid reviews of your own work. I only read reviews my editor or agent send to me, because I know they’re not likely to suck out my soul!


Find your tribe.
Whether it’s an in-person writers’ group or a virtual band of friends, you need support and encouragement. There will be plenty of people in life who will tell you how hard it is to get published. There will be plenty of people telling you you’re wasting your time. Make sure you have a wild band of crazies who tell you to ignore all that and get back to the page.


Everyone you know thinks they can write a novel. Half the people you know have started one. But no one gets published without writing “the end.” Writing is a marathon, and most people quit somewhere around mile five. Keep going. Push through. Finishing is half the battle.


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Week 1:
11/23 – Swoony Boys Podcast (Dream Casting)
11/24 – Such A Novel Idea (Review)
11/25 – Chapter By Chapter (Top 10)
11/26 – Andi’s ABCs (Review)
11/27 – Stuck In Books (Q&A)


Week 2:
11/30 – No BS Book Reviews (This or That)
12/1 – Book Addict’s Guide (Books for Band/Choir/Orchestra Nerds)
12/2 – Forever Bookish (Review)
12/3 – Intellectual Creation (YA Music Books)
12/4 – Mundie Moms (Review)


Week 3:
12/7 – Supernatural Snark (Q&A)
12/8 – Cindy’s Love of Books (Review)
12/9 – Paperback Princess (Top 10)
12/10 – Books-A-Blog (Review)
12/11 – Lili’s Reflections (Top 10)


Week 4:
12/14 – Reading W/ABC (Review)
12/15 – FictionFare (Q&A)
12/16 – Resch Reads and Reviews (Review)
12/17 – A Book and a Latte (Top 10)
12/18 – One Night Book Stand (Review)



  1. Juana Esparza

    I liked both the book description, and the book cover. I have added this book to my book wishlist.

  2. Mai T.

    Question to the author: If you could speak to everyone in the world at the same time, what would you say?

  3. Lauren

    That’s a hard question! Probably something like “practice empathy in every interaction.” I think if we spent more time putting ourselves in the shoes of others, we’d avoid a lot of the conflicts, big and small, that exist in the world. I think we’d probably also be inspired to do a lot more good for our fellow humans.

  4. Karen Mikusak

    Sounds like a fun read. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  5. Ashley

    Great writing tips! This sounds like an interesting book too. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  6. Judy Thomas

    With all of the time writing do you have any time left over to have fun or have hobbies?

  7. Lauren

    Honestly, it’s not writing that gets in the way of my hobbies/fun, it’s daily life (family, housework, eating and sleeping …), but I do play/coach roller derby and I read A LOT (which is the most fun for me)

  8. Mary Preston

    Very interesting tips.

  9. Susan T.

    I have no aspirations to be a writer. I wrote a thesis and it was hard. Lol! I want nothing to do with writing ever again!

  10. Mary G Loki

    The ‘One sentence a Day’ tip is great for me! Im gonna start doing that!

  11. Chloe Marasigan

    I want to read this book so much! I’ve heard so many great things about it!

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