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Title: A Matter of Time (Angel Sight #3)
Publication date: eBook June 9, 2015 / Paperback August 18, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Lisa M. Basso
Rayna entered Hell to save Kade. Kade entered to protect Rayna. Both have failed.
Centuries of Kade’s demons are unearthed when he is brainwashed and used as a Fallen pawn.
In the freezing pits of Hell, Ray is beaten and tortured, pushed to her breaking point. She takes a stand, firing back at her attackers though she’s only begun to understand the true strength of her wings. A strength she will need once she uncovers the evils that await on Earth.
Together they find solace, alone they will fight.
10 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer
- Read. Read everything that interests you. Read in the genre and subgenre you like. Read the big names and popular sellers. Read widely, outside your genre. Read award winners and small press stories. If it interests you, read it. The more you read the more comfortable you’ll be when you start to write.
- Write, write, and write some more. Really, write a book—then write another. The more you write, the stronger your voice as an author, will become. The stronger your voice, the more recognizable your work will become. Trust me on this one. Write often—heck, write always.
- Try new things (explore different writing techniques—plotting, pantsing, writing linearly, jumping forward to write a scene, etc). Pretty much every book I write gets a different writing technique. For A Shimmer of Angels, each character had to sit through long character interviews, and very light plotting. A Slither of Hope was plotted within an inch of its life, and against everything plotting control freak Lisa believed in, I wrote some scenes out of order. A Matter of Time was plotted several times, however, the beginning of the book was written and rewritten more times than I’d like to count. Do whatever works for your particular story.
- Get to know your characters. For me, when I write, I almost always start a new story with a very basic scenario then I work on crafting the right characters for that setting or situation. Nothing is worse than a cardboard character (one that isn’t fully fleshed out). A good way to create wellrounded, real characters, is to fill out a character worksheet (you can find all kind of versions online), or do a character interview (in which you ask the hard-hitting questions your character normally wouldn’t want to answer, but in this safe environment, they might be more willing to open up).
- Draw inspiration from all around you. I’ve found inspiration in the strangest places: while traveling, at a concert, taking a walk by the ocean, even in a local café. Pay attention to the little things, even eavesdropping on a conversation could spark something. You never know when these experiences will come in handy.
- Take breaks—yes seriously. Get up and stretch every hour or so. It helps with blood flow to your brain (which is usually a good thing when you’re looking to use it). And beyond that, after a long day of writing, or if you get stuck, try taking a short walk, going to the gym, or even taking a shower. Seriously, some of my best ideas have come when I’m in the shower. It sounds silly, but I take a digital recorder in with me and talk out whatever issue is holding up the work. Nine times out of ten I’ll come out with a solution.
- Find quick ways to immerse yourself in your world. More writing time usually means higher productivity. Some people write on their lunch hour, when kids are napping, or early in the morning/late at night. The quicker you can sink into your world, through the use of an image board, meditation, quiet time, listening to a playlist, whatever gets you there, the faster you can get to work.
- Critique Partners. Put yourself (and your work) out there and try looking for a few good critique partners. But remember, not every person will be right for your work. Try exchanging a few chapters before committing to an entire pass of their manuscript. Explore different critique connections, discover what your work needs, and find out what you are able to do for others. Find the right people to help your work—then, find ways to help them. Giving back is part of the deal, and it also will help you to look at own work more subjectively.
- Be honest with yourself. When editing or looking over critiques, don’t just assume your way is right. Open yourself up to seeing things from another angle. Things will change in each draft. Progress is a good thing. Be open to what might be right for your story and characters.
- Have fun. If you, the writer and creator of the story, aren’t enjoying, laughing, crying, and feeling these emotions, neither will the reader. If you aren’t having fun, change something until you are. FYI, that rule also works for life in general, too.
About the Author
Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.
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