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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Looking forward to 2017!

I'm looking forward to 2017 and sharing several new upcoming releases with you! The first up is North Star Home, a story of love on the frontier, coming January 16th! If you'd like an advance reader copy to review for free (.epub or .mobi), let me know.

My best to you all,

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Light from Darkness


December is such a magical time. There are special foods, beautiful decorations, and the thrill of giving in the air. There is peace and hope, goodwill and love, and a light shining in the darkness. At times, it can feel as if the darkness is stronger, but the sun continues to always shine, even when the days are shorter and we see it less often. "The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." Those words penned by John are often spoken at this time of year. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, they can be a beacon toward remembering that goodness outlasts the bad. We all need reminding of that, perhaps especially this year. 

This year, Hanukkah begins on Christmas Eve. Another name for Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights and it commemorates the rededication of the temple. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah or not, there is a beauty in the idea of a setting aside, a pausing to remember the sacred, and again, a celebration of light in the darkness.

 Here in Ireland, there is an ancient celebration of the light as well, in the observance of the winter solstice at Newgrange. It is the oldest solar observatory in the world (5,000 years old) and on the shortest day of the year, the light on the horizon at sunrise perfectly lines up to illuminate the chamber. Once again, this is a celebration of light from darkness. 

Wishing you the very happiest of holidays! May light shine in the darkness and leave you uplifted in peace.

My best to you all,

Monday, December 19, 2016

Behind the Scenes: Author Interview


I was interviewed on Pretty-Hot! Here's the complete interview. It explores my writing influences, the story behind my recent release and more!

My best to you all,

Monday, December 12, 2016

It's launch day!

New Novel from Award-Winning Writer Marks 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme 

DUBLIN, Ireland - Dec. 12, 2016 - PRLog -- A hundred years ago, the Battle of the Somme raged through France from July 1st to November 18th, 1916. In the First World War, it was the largest battle and had consequences for millions. One of those impacted soldiers is imagined in the new novel: What Edward Heard. It is the second historical novel from the author, Megan Easley-Walsh and incorporates the element of magical realism. The author is an award-winning writer and has over ten new novels set for release. Magical realism, long established in Latin American literature, has been popularized for the North American market through such recent releases as The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker, 2013. Magical realism is a branch of the fantasy genre and injects a magical element into an otherwise normal world. The addition of magical realism to historical fiction is especially fitting at this time of the year, full of holiday festivity where magic mingles with the ordinary.

When asked about her idea behind the novel, Ms. Easley-Walsh said,"I've studied art history and when I see a painting I search for the meanings behind it. Reading a painting is natural. I was intrigued by the idea of a painting being able to read a person. It was interesting to trace the journey of the painting from Renaissance Venice through to WWI England and it allowed me to research and write about a variety of locations and time periods. Some of my earliest American ancestors were French Huguenot silk merchants who settled in Virginia. I was able to incorporate pieces of their story into What Edward Heard."

About the novel:

The Trenches shattered his hearing,

But the Painting will change him Forever.

In Venice in 1566, Francesco paints a portrait of the woman he loves. In 1916, Edward Jamison returns to England from the trenches of the Western Front. Believing that the most life-changing events are behind him, he soon encounters something profoundly more powerful: the portrait of the painted lady. Partly deaf from his injuries in the trenches, he begins to hear the strangest things.

But Edward Jamison is not the only person who has become a part of these mysterious happenings. From Renaissance Venice to the French Huguenots settling in England to the American Revolution in Virginia and beyond, the painted lady has touched the lives of many.

As Edward searches for clues into the painting's past, he's drawn into another mystery, involving a girl with amnesia and the lady of the manor that she works in. All is not as it seems in the quiet English countryside. If Edward is to save himself and all of them, he'll have to face his biggest fears. But, what if the painting has another plan for him?

What Edward Heard is available in hardcover (ISBN 9781366694201), paperback (ISBN 9781366694195), and ebook (ISBN 9781508048206) in over 195 countries.

About the Author:

Megan Easley-Walsh is an author of historical fiction, a researcher, and a writing consultant and editor at Extra Ink Edits. She is an award-winning writer and has taught college writing in the UNESCO literature city of Dublin, Ireland. Her degrees are in history-focused International Relations. She is American and lives in Ireland with her Irish husband. She is also the author of Flight Before Dawn.

For more information, visit www.MeganEasleyWalsh.com or email [email protected].

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Friday, December 2, 2016

What Edward Heard Trailer


I'm very excited to share with you the trailer for What Edward Heard. It is my second novel and is debuting around the world on December 12th! Ebooks are now available for pre-order. Edward returns from the trenches of WWI. He's suffered much and is partly deaf. But, a painting will change his life. If you like magical realism, ala The Golem and the Jinni, or historical stories about manor houses, like Downton Abbey, you'll find new friends among these pages.

My best to you all,

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Journey of a Book: Flight Before Dawn

Today's the day! Flight Before Dawn launches around the world today! 

As we celebrate its launch into the world, I'd like to show you the behind the scenes journey of a book. 

It begins with an idea. For me, this was sparked by my visit to Normandy when I lived in Germany. 
These postcards and museum ticket represent that firsthand experience. 

Next comes research. Each of these books, complete with tabs of notes sticking out, represent part of the research that went into the creation of Flight Before Dawn. There were various other sources that were also used, including online archives and my educational background.
Next, came the writing. Flight Before Dawn was written entirely by hand. It began with this notebook. 

I kept filling notebooks, until I hit the end at page 973.
These are my six complete notebooks filled with the story of Flight Before Dawn.

Next came the typing. 
Then it was time to edit. I edit on my e reader. Then I returned to the computer to implement my notes. Then I read again on my reader. These steps repeat for awhile. 

Then, there's all the various stages of publication, including layout and cover design and proofing everything. There are advance reader copies. And finally....

There's a completed book!

Flight Before Dawn is available in hardcover, paperback and ebook!

Now, the next stage is the readers. That's where you come in! 

If you'd like to read Flight Before Dawn, you can find out more information here: www.MeganEasleyWalsh.com and find me on Goodreads here .

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If you enjoy Flight Before Dawn and leave a review on Goodreads, Amazon or Barnes & Noble so other readers can find me, I'd be grateful.
Thank you!
My best to you all,

Friday, November 11, 2016

Veterans Day


Today is Veterans Day and also Remembrance Day. I grew up in an Air Force family and thus know many veterans. When I lived in Germany during high school, we participated in a service project each Memorial Day where we decorated the graves of the largest American cemetery in Europe from WWII with a French and American flag. For many, their service demanded all. For others, their service helped hasten peace, free the oppressed and feed the hungry. Of course, families are also such a large part of Veterans Day. One of my favorite articles is about the littlest veterans.

On Monday, Flight Before Dawn, my debut novel about the French Resistance in WWII is launching!
The next book, What Edward Heard, will be releasing next month and follows the life of a WWI veteran when he returns to England from the trenches of the Western Front. I've previously written on why I write about war and that to me it is an illustration of the importance of peace.

Here are two previous posts about Veterans Day that I'd like to share with you.
A new way to celebrate Veterans Day

Top Ten Tuesday Books for Veterans Day

My best to you all,

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Writer Wednesday: Sneak Peek at Flight Before Dawn, launching on Monday!


On today's Writer Wednesday, I'd like to share with you a sneak peek at Flight Before Dawn, launching on Monday! Peace is central in the theme of Flight Before Dawn and it is dedicated to those who strive for it. 

My best to you all,

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Books I've Added to my To-be-Read List Recently


On today's Top Ten Tuesday, from The Broke and the Bookish, is ten books I've recently added to my to-be-read list.

1. Book: Flight Before Dawn
By: Me!

If you'd like to add your Thunderclap support to help spread the word, I'd be grateful. Thanks!

2. The next books... Flight Before Dawn is the first of over ten new releases to be launched in the coming months. I'm busy at work on the various proofing and editing stages for those! For the most up-to-date information consider joining my newsletter. It's full of seasonal fun, writing tips and all things reading!

3. Your writing... I also help others through my editing at Extra Ink Edits.

4. Title: Mansfield Park
Author: Jane Austen
Why I picked it: It's the last of Jane Austen's for me to read.

Books 5-9, I picked up at a bargain book charity event recently. I was able to purchase all five of them for a combined total of €1!

5. Title: Two Brothers
Author: Ben Elton
Why I picked it up: It's historical fiction, set in Berlin in WWII.

6. Title: The Messenger
Author: Daniel Silva
Why I picked it up: I love art history and I'm intrigued by the idea of an art history spy. Although this is part of a series, I haven't read the others before. I've been curious about this series.
(Also, this book is hardback and still had its €28 sticker on it!)

7. Title: The Secret Keeper
Author: Kate Morton
Why I picked it up: Secrets. Secrets that span generations through history... sounded intriguing!

8. Title: The Paying Guests 
Author: Sarah Waters    
Why I picked it up: I haven't actually read anything by Sarah Waters before, but of course I know of her and I remember reading about The Paying Guests when it was on Publishers Lunch (a literary email for those in the industry...)

9. Title: L is for Lawless
Author: Sue Grafton
Why I picked it up: The key on the cover intrigued me. Sue Grafton is another author on this list that I've not read before. The back of the book described secrets and WWII. That's a combination that I find intriguing in my reading and in my own writing.

10. Something seaonsal- I always pick up a book that is related somehow to the season. I'm considering Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan this year. It's a work that many early Americans read and, although not about American pilgrims, the idea of journeying forward on a path of faith is very in line with the pilgrims.

My best to you all,

Monday, November 7, 2016

Why Normandy? One Week Until Flight Before Dawn Launches!

One week from today, Flight Before Dawn launches!

Cliffs at Etretat in Normandy
As part of the continuing behind the scenes tour, today I'd like to explore the theme of why Normandy...

Flight Before Dawn begins in Normandy in 1943. For many, Normandy is iconic for WWII. Those memories and thoughts usually focus around D-Day. I wanted to explore before D-Day, in the buildup to the Allies landing, in those days of hoping for the future and not yet knowing what it would mean. We all have times of waiting, of needing light and hope in a seemingly dark place. That is what the heart of Flight Before Dawn explores, the courage and the hope when faced with difficult, and sometimes impossible, situations.

Normandy is also in my blood. In addition to historical research, genealogy is something that I enjoy exploring. I've discovered that I have centuries of Norman blood in me. Perhaps, that helps explain why when I really did visit Normandy, while living in Germany during high school, I felt at home. I walked the beaches of D-Day, but I also visited Monet's home at Giverney, the Bayeux tapestry, the beautiful cathedral of Rouen and the enchanting island of Mont St. Michel. Normandy breathes history and unleashes its magic over you. Joan of Arc is famously linked to Rouen and thereby Norman history. Her spirit of courage was something that Victoire in Flight Before Dawn embodies.

Mont St. Michel in Normandy, France
I'm American, but I live in Ireland with my Irish husband. Normandy and Ireland are also not so unalike. In fact, the beaches of Wexford were used in the filming of Saving Private Ryan. Standing on Irish beaches, I've often thought of how they looked like Normandy. As I first began to envision Flight Before Dawn, I looked across the Irish beaches and was reminded of when I had walked the Norman shores. I recalled picking up a rock that was streaked with red on Utah beach. It was almost as if the blood of the battles had stained it. History etched itself onto the landscape. Still, you can see the bullet holes. Still, war whispers from the shadows. Yet, despite all of that, peace is alive and beautiful in the lush green of Normandy. It is a peace that I strive to convey in my writing and that Victoire earnestly hopes for in Flight Before Dawn.

Want to help spread the word? If you'd join my Thunderclap campaign and spread the word, I'd be grateful. Thanks! It's completely free and will help others learn about my debut novel launching. You can also find me on Goodreads.

My best to you all,

Monday, October 24, 2016

Behind the Scenes with Flight Before Dawn, the musical edition


For today's post, I'm showing you another behind the scenes moment for my upcoming debut, FLIGHT BEFORE DAWN (launching November 14th from a division of Macmillan). 

Perhaps, you've noticed the music in my book trailer. The music is from Jupiter by Gustav Holst. This particular section of that music also belongs to a hymn, "I Vow to Thee My Country." Sir Cecil Spring Rice penned the words to the hymn as a poem and it was then set to the music of Holst. Rice has an interesting history as a British diplomat, who served as an ambassador to the United States during the years of the first world war. 

Here are the words to the hymn
Let us remember them and live in peace.
I vow to thee, my country, all earthly things above,Entire and whole and perfect, the service of my love;The love that asks no question, the love that stands the test,That lays upon the altar the dearest and the best;The love that never falters, the love that pays the price,The love that makes undaunted the final sacrifice.
And there's another country, I've heard of long ago,Most dear to them that love her, most great to them that know;We may not count her armies, we may not see her King;Her fortress is a faithful heart, her pride is suffering;And soul by soul and silently her shining bounds increase,And her ways are ways of gentleness, and all her paths are peace.

The other reason why I chose the inclusion of this piece of music for my trailer is because this hymn is often used in remembrance celebrations for the two world wars. Whenever I hear it, it stirs in me a poignancy of remembering, of being urged to never forget. In my writing, I aim to do that as well, to never forget so that we might live more fully in the peace they dreamed of.

FLIGHT BEFORE DAWN is now available for pre-order in ebook! Hardcover and Paperback are coming soon. Author Keely-Keith is also featuring me on her blog today!

My best to you all,

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Writer Wednesday: Flight Before Dawn


On Writer Wednesday, I share with you a book that I've recently read. Today, I'm doing something even better. I'm sharing a book that I've written!

In case you missed my big announcement yesterday...
You are Invited on a Journey into the past through the pages of over 100 new novels from award-winning writer Megan Easley-Walsh. It all begins November 14th with her debut FLIGHT BEFORE DAWN. Available in Hardcover, paperback and ebook in over 195 countries. www.MeganEasleyWalsh.com #MEWBooks

And now for more details on Flight Before Dawn and the cover reveal!

Cover of Flight Before Dawn, Debut Novel of Megan Easley-Walsh: award-winning writer, Historical Fiction about the French Resistance in Normandy, France in WWIIFor over two years, she’s watched him. 
Now he’s on her doorstep. 
This is life in the Resistance.

In Normandy in 1943, Victoire leads a band of the Resistance. When Leal, the man she’s had watched for over two years, arrives at her doorstep, she’ll have to face new challenges in war and in love.

Robberies, a kidnapping and clandestine night adventures were not at all what Victoire planned for her life. And she most certainly never planned to be betrayed. But war — and love — are unpredictable. Joined by her friend Rainier who is mistrusted by Leal, the mysterious Voleta, and Father Pierre, Victoire and Leal must struggle for survival, the grounds of France, and the material of their souls.

When Leal unearths a twenty-five-year-old secret, with Victoire at the center, her whole life is shaken. As the Allies approach, the past, present and future hang in the balance. Can anyone be trusted when the world spins upside down?

More exciting details coming soon!

My best to you all,

Monday, September 26, 2016

Bargain Book Haul!


I've often seen posts about book hauls. I haven't posted one of my own before. While at a street party this weekend, I was perusing a book stall. "50 cents for one book or 5 books for a Euro" the sign read. That's right! €1! ($1.12 for 5 books!)

After searching through the boxes, I found these...

1. Title: Two Brothers
Author: Ben Elton
Why I picked it up: It's historical fiction, set in Berlin in WWII.

2. Title: The Messenger
Author: Daniel Silva
Why I picked it up: I love art history and I'm intrigued by the idea of an art history spy. Although this is part of a series, I haven't read the others before. I've been curious about this series.
(Also, this book is hardback and still had its €28 sticker on it!)

3. Title: The Secret Keeper
Author: Kate Morton
Why I picked it up: Secrets. Secrets that span generations through history... sounded intriguing!

4. Title: The Paying Guests 
Author: Sarah Waters      
Why I picked it up: I haven't actually read anything by Sarah Waters before, but of course I know of her and I remember reading about The Paying Guests when it was on Publishers Lunch (a literary email for those in the industry...)

5. Title: L is for Lawless
Author: Sue Grafton
Why I picked it up: The key on the cover intrigued me. Sue Grafton is another author on this list that I've not read before. The back of the book described secrets and WWII. That's a combination that I find intriguing in my reading and in my own writing.

Have you read any of these?
What have been your best book hauls?

My best to you all,

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Top Ten Autumn Delights


I love seasons. There's something so exciting about each season having its own celebrations, events, foods and holidays.

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On today's Top Ten Tuesday, I'm discussing top ten autumn delights. These are in no particular order.

1. Atmospheric books and movies
The chill in the air lends itself to an air of mystery, a thrill of magic. In the autumn, I like to dive into these types of movies and books, to include Sherlock Holmes, fairy tale retellings and more!

2. Beautiful Leaves
I love the way nature paints the leaves each autumn. I especially am a fan of when several colors are all within the same leaf.

3. Pumpkin Spice
Pumpkins, nutmeg, cinnamon. There's something about their fragrance and taste that automatically signals autumn is here again.

4. Apples
Apples on the trees in the orchards and apples baked into beautiful pies, cakes or breads. Apples, apples, apples everywhere!

5. Chill in the air, fog and mist
I love sunshine. In Ireland, we receive a lot of rain. A lot. The weather can be forgiven though, when it helps to heighten the atmosphere for the books and movies that I mentioned above.

6. Harvest
Bales of hay, harvest vegetables, harvest fairs and celebrations... There are so many wonderful celebrations of harvest leading up to Thanksgiving in November.

7. Night Sky
The night sky is beautiful year-round. In Ireland, being so high north, we have long days of light in the summer. In the autumn, it becomes dark enough to see the stars again in their brilliance. I also especially love seeing the harvest moons.

8. Birthdays
There are several birthdays for my family in September, October and November. Autumn also brings Rosh Hashanah, the birth of the Jewish new year. There is something of a new beginning in the autumn for all of us.

9. On a personal note, my wedding anniversary is in the autumn!

10. Halloween
Bobbing for apples, carving pumpkins, dressing up, reading The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and watching classic Universal movies like Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolf Man are a few of the ways I celebrate Halloween.

What are your favorite autumn delights?

My best to you all,

Monday, September 12, 2016

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Advice from a Writing Consultant: Using the Senses in Writing


As part of my ongoing series on tips from a writing consultant, I offer advice in the various areas of writing. Today I'm discussing using all the senses in writing. The complete article is here.

My best to you all,

Sunday, September 11, 2016

15 Years Ago and Being a Light in the Darkness

A friend on Facebook asked where we were fifteen years ago. Here's what I said...

I had just come home on the bus from high school in Germany. We were out of school for days and the Air Force base was in the highest threat condition. Germans brought flowers to the gates. We lived near France and had friends in France who said, "we are all New Yorkers". When we went back to school, we sat in class and just talked. A group of students from my school had visited NY and the WTC towers the year before. One of the girls said she kept thinking about the elevator man that they'd met and wondered if he was all right. My uncle was also at the Pentagon at the time, though thankfully he was unharmed. For me, it completely changed day-to-day life. Armed guards started riding the bus with us to school. Tanks guarded the front of our gates.

#Neverforget is trending today. Of course we never forget. It still shocks. Let us stand together in peace. For all of them. For all of us.

I write historical fiction, because my own studies have shown that we must learn from the past and I am committed to peace. I have written previous posts on the topic.

In church this morning, we sang, "Lord the Light of Your Love is shining, in the midst of the darkness shining." It is my prayer, my hope, that we may all be joined in our humanity through love, through peace, through light. All people, of all religions or no religion, ought to have the opportunity of living in the light of peace.

It is my hope that through my writing, and in living, my words and my actions may be a candle adding to the light in a sometimes seemingly very dark world. At night it seems very dark, but the sun never stops shining. Earth simply turns its back on the light for a moment. We must not turn our backs to the light. We must remember that light is stronger than dark. Always. United our light can shine brighter.

Wishing you Light and Peace,
My best to you all,

Saturday, September 10, 2016

National Geographic Photography


Happy September to you!
I've previously mentioned that I enjoy photography. It, like writing, captures a moment in time. Just as writing is a lens through which to see the characters' lives and the plots they enact, photography is a means of viewing life.

I've also used photography for research purposes in my writing. This is particularly useful as a historical fiction author, to view another time, the clothing, the cities and the world in which your characters live. Many historic archives are now available online or can be found in museums and galleries.

National Geographic, as I've previously mentioned, is my favorite magazine. Some of my photography is now on National Geographic's website! If you'd like to take a look, you can do so here.

My best to you all,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Writer Wednesday with Mark Twain

Image of Book Cover for Mark Twain's Notebooks: Journals, Letters, Observations, Wit, Wisdom and Doodles on the Writer Wednesday blog post for Extra Ink EditsHello!
On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Today's pick is Mark Twain's Notebooks: Journals, Letters, Observations, Wit, Wisdom, and Doodles.

Divided into sections such as family, European travels, and business Mark Twain's life is shown in this behind-the-scenes book.

One portion I particularly enjoyed was reading Mark Twain's game that he invented to help his children learn the kings and queens of England. It was complete with Twain's humorous drawings depicting each member of royalty. Another interesting thing to see was the house plans for Twain's Connecticut home.

This book is a little bit of everything. Twain's humor shines through in the lectures that he toured with and in a series of political letters that he wrote as satire about women's right to vote. Twain was a supporter of enfranchisement. In the letters he remarks on such things as women not wanting to state their true age and so they'd be unable to vote. This ability to laugh at others while spinning a story for them is something that is known in his novels and rings true in these accounts of his life.

My best to you all,

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Writer Wednesday: The Secret Garden


On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Today's pick is The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Several years ago, I saw the movie of this. I knew it was one of the books that I wanted to read this summer. Gardens and summer naturally go together.

Photo of the Secret Garden Book Cover on Writer Wednesday Blog Post from Writing Consultant and Author Megan Easley-WalshAs I read this story, it was absolutely charming and delightful! There's a magic to this book that has to do with much more than a garden growing behind a locked and hidden door. It begins with Mary Lennox in India. Much like the garden that she will later find, Mary is also overlooked and tucked away. Her journey of discovery, when she is forced to move to the countryside in Yorkshire, England sees the world unfolding around Mary. The friends that she meets and the lives that she changes are like the sleeping garden in the winter that need the warmth and sun of spring to blossom fully alive again.

One particular part of the story I liked was when the robin befriends her, as I had a robin visit me in the garden as I was planting flower seeds as well They really do chirp around you and seem as if they are speaking to you.

This book has found its place among some of my favorite classics. Would you like to read it? You can do so for free! It's available on Project Gutenberg.

Have you read The Secret Garden? What books do you think are great for summer? What are some of your favorite classics?

My best to you all,

Monday, August 15, 2016

Keely Brooke Keith: How To Know When Your Manuscript Is Ready: an inte...

Today Keely is hosting me on her blog, where we're discussing editing. Join us through the link below!

Keely Brooke Keith: How To Know When Your Manuscript Is Ready: an inte...: Today, I’m interviewing Megan Easley-Walsh, writing consultant with Extra Ink Edits . Megan’s specialty is content editing, and I can tell...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Writer Wednesday: A service to help the writer

On Writer Wednesday, I discuss another author and his or her book. Frequently, it's a book that I've recently read. One of the books that I'm currently reading is a manuscript by a writer that I've previously worked with in the past. I'm offering a general impressions service to her.

What's that?

A general impressions service offers a writer the confidence of having an expert opinion of a writing consultant and professional editor on his or her manuscript in a timely manner. Much of publishing involves waiting. With Extra Ink Edits, writers have minimal waiting time while their manuscripts are being reviewed so they can get back to the important business of revising, editing, writing and
ultimately publishing.

Who is this service for?
If you've finished a manuscript and want to know if it's working or if it needs more work, you're the right person. If you want to know what to do to improve your writing, this service is for you. If you're looking for a professional beta reader, with over eight years of experience in helping other writers and in experience as a college English teacher, this is for you.

Great! So what do I do?
Send me an email at [email protected] or visit Extra Ink Edits.

I look forward to reading your writing!

My best to you all,

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Five Top Tips to Make you a Better Writer Today

As part of my ongoing series on tips from a writing consultant, I'm sharing five top tips to make you a better writer today.

Shelf of Classic Books from the Blog Post Five Top Tips to Make You a Better Writer Today from Extra Ink Edits, Writing Consultant offering Editing Services for Writers1. Read something classic.
It doesn't have to be a huge volume. It could be as simple as a poem. The classics are classic for a reason. They resonate across generations and geography. 

2. Carry a notebook with you or something to record digitally or your voice. 
Then, when ideas inspire you, jot them down. You don't have to wait until a genius plot idea pops in your mind. Simply write down what interests you today. 
"I wonder who built these buildings"There's a simple thought that might span an interesting area of research to lead somewhere.
"I love the way the cinnamon brings out the chocolate flavor in this cake." — Now you have an interesting beginning of a realistic description to add texture to your next story. 

Hand Holding Pen from the Blog Post Five Top Tips to Make You a Better Writer Today from Extra Ink Edits, Writing Consultant offering Editing Services for Writers
3. Observe people. 
What do you notice? Chances are, it's not their eye color. Or hair color. Unless it's super obvious for some reason. New writers tend to overplay the physical characteristics when describing characters. It's more effective to describe characters in the way that they actually appear. For example, I just glanced out the window and a man walked by. This is how it struck me— "He strode with purpose, his arm swinging aggressively at his side." That conveys much more than his eyes were blue. Besides, were they? I have no idea. He was across the street. Eye color implies intimacy. You have to be close to someone to notice. If you mention eye color, let it be for a specific and special reason. 

4. Look up hashtags on Twitter. 
#amwriting, #writetip, #amediting, #pubtip, #querytip, #amquerying
Those are a few helpful hashtags where you may find some useful information. 

Frog Holding Pen from the Blog Post Five Top Tips to Make You a Better Writer Today from Extra Ink Edits, Writing Consultant offering Editing Services for Writers5. Write something.
Maybe it's a sentence. Maybe it's a paragraph. If it's one page or fifty, writing is what makes you a writer. Go on then. Write. 

My best to you all,

For personalized help from a writing consultant and editing services for writers, visit Extra Ink Edits