How to be a better writer - Jolene's version.
1. Don't take yourself too seriously.
2. Be ready for criticism - to dish it, to take it, and to use it.
3. Find your voice - play around with tenses and genres, until you find a place where writing comes easiest - you can push yourself later.
4. Take time away from your project, and not just away from it, but to the point where you're obsessively thinking about another project before you go back.
5. Never be afraid to ask for help.
6. At least CONSIDER comments that other people make about your writing.
7. Trust yourself, and after weighing comments, do what feels best to you and to your story.
8. Know that getting published is so much of the right person reading your manuscript at the right time.
9. There are plenty of amazing books that take forever to get published, and also plenty of terrible books that make it to hardback. Don't let yourself worry about this. Write your story the best way YOU know how.
10. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read in your genre. Find the things you love, the things you don't like so much. Read authors whose voices are similar to your own. Read people who write completely differently from you.
11. Remember that just being able to write is a big deal. It should be FUN :-D
And THAT'S what I have to remind myself often to be a better writer!
Thanks SO much for turning your blog over to me for a day!
About Night Sky
by Jolene Perry
Published: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Tribute Books
Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear.
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.
As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums - she's way more than distraction. Jameson's falling for her fast.
But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.
About the Author
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.
After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children. Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible.
She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.