Cover Reveal: Keeping Secrets by @KiruTaye #TheEssienTrilogy

Hi folks! Happy 4th of April.

Today, I’m taking part in a special cover reveal. Keeping Secrets by the fabulous Kiru Taye is coming out on 12th May, 2014, and I am helping her celebrate her brand spanking new cover! *drawing curtains*

Tadaaa!

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Keeping Secrets
By
Kiru Taye

Series: The Essien Trilogy, Book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance,
Multicultural
Length: Full length novel
Release date: May 12, 2014

The Essien Trilogy – Series Blurb

Secrets, Scandals, and Seduction under the African skies.

The Essiens are the kings of African finance. A close-knit family, their father is the patriarch of a finance dynasty that ranges from retail to investment banking spanning the African continent. Yet all is not as it seems as the three brothers—Felix, Mark and Tony—soon discover when their family is rocked by secrets and scandals. Blood ties or not, family is family.

If you like your book boyfriends to be tall, dark and handsome billionaires, then say hello to the Essien brothers.

KEEPING SECRETS – Blurb

Have you ever loved someone and didn’t even know it?

That’s the dilemma facing Felix Essien when he wakes from a coma to find he is married to the most beautiful and sensual woman he’s ever known. He cannot remember her or their wedding. He who had sworn never to get married or to give his heart to another. Yet he feels an intense bond with her that he intends to explore fully.

Ebony can’t believe her good fortune when her paper husband wakes not remembering the temporary marriage arrangement with no intimacies he’d proposed but is now the adoring husband she’s always dreamt of. She plans to make the most of the passion blossoming between them.

However would he still feel that way when he regains his memory and realises she’s been keeping secrets and their marriage is not what he thinks it is?

Teasers

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About the author

A lover of books, as a teenager Kiru Taye used to read novels under the blanket during lights-outs in boarding school. These days, with a young family to take care of, she’s still sacrificing sleep for the pleasures of a good book. During the day though, she transforms her wildly vivid imagination into sensual, atmospheric romance stories with passionate characters. When she’s not writing or reading, she’d hanging out with family and friends or travelling. Born in Nigeria, she currently lives in the UK with husband and children.

You reach her via her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest

Follow her blog for latest news and giveaways: http://kirutayewrites.blogspot.com

Read book excerpts and free short stories on her website: http://www.kirutaye.com

Link to her Amazon author page

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For a chance to win a free copy of Keeping Secrets or a $10 Amazon gift certificate, check out Kiru’s Rafflecopter giveaway.
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3 Good Reasons to come to my Book Reading @writersPG

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So my long awaiting book reading is nearly here! If you’re in Accra or can be in Accra on Wednesday, 26th March, 2016, please don’t forget to come.

  1. Autographed copies: you know you love owning books that have been autographed by the author :-), and since I’ll be there with my special pen, you can buy a copy of Chancing Faith and have it autographed. How awesome is that!
  2. 15% off! I should probably have mentioned this first – print copies of Chancing Faith will be on sale at 15% off their retail price (shhh).
  3. Meet other book lovers and readers: The Ghana Voices Series (which is what Writers Project Ghana calls the book reading sessions) is a good way to meet like-minded people who share your passion for reading and books (like the fact that you love the smell of new books) 

There’s a fourth reason, but it’s a surprise – teeheehee.

Okay, enough goofing around. Seriously, it will be a fun one hour of your time. Don’t miss out.

 

Empi

Author Interview: @NanaPrah talks about her #NewRelease + #giveaway

Hi folks! I am so happy to be sharing this particular book release blog hop with my friend, Nana Prah, because I saw a few chapters of her latest release, Midwife to Destiny, as it was being developed. I can’t wait to experience the journey in full and find out how the HEA happened.

Nana also happens to be a fellow Ghanaian author, so needless to say, I am tickled to bits to introduce you to her and her freshly released novel, Midwife to Destiny, from Decadent Publishing’s Ubuntu line.

Welcome to casa Empi, Nana. It seems not so long ago that we were celebrating the release of your debut novel, Love Through Time. How time flies!

Let’s get right to it:

EB: When did you decide you were going to be a writer? Why fiction? For that matter, why romance fiction?

NP: Writing decided for me. A few years ago I wrote an e-mail to a friend telling her how she would meet her husband (as encouragement, not because I’m a psychic). The tale turned into a novel. Although it never got published, it set me off to write my debut novel Love Through Time.

I write romance because I’m a sucker for happily ever after. For me reading is an escape, and through my own writing I’d like to give people a wonderful place to go where everything ends up as they think it should.

EB: Nice. Do you have any strange habits/quirks when writing?

NP: When things aren’t going well and I’m stuck on a scene, I can clear out my refrigerator and pantry of all junk food. Other than that, no writing quirks for me.

EB: When you say ‘clear out’ do you mean into your stomach? :-)

EB: As a writer, what or who do you think has been your biggest inspiration?

NP: It’s all of the previous writers I’ve read and loved. Dorothy Koomson, Pearl Cleage, Lavyrl Spencer, Julie Garwood, Terry McMillan, Janet Evanovich and I could list a whole lot more, but it would take up the whole post. These are the great authors who I stayed up late at night reading long before I decided to write.

EB: What’s the best comment you’ve ever had about your writing? And the oddest?

NP: My best friend couldn’t stop telling me with awe in her voice how much she enjoyed reading my book, Love Through Time. Every time I see her she mentions it.

The oddest, or rather more interesting was a reviewer who said the dialogue seemed as if my characters were in their twenties rather than thirties. It got me thinking about if our conversations change as we mature as adults.

EB: Good question. I think they do, but that’s just me. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

NP: Read, exercise, hang out with my friends, and lots of social media (I’m addicted).

EB: Let’s talk about your latest release, Midwife to Destiny. Where did the idea come from?

NP: I was an observer of an AFRO Romance Competition (where I met Empi)[disclaimer: I did not twist her arms to say that :-), or did I?], and as I read the entries I knew I’d be able to write a romance set in Africa. I wanted it to be set in Ghana because that’s where I live, but I’m not sure how I got to South Africa. I think my muse forced the idea in me.

EB: (shakes head) the things we blame on muses… What was your favourite chapter/part to write and why?

NP: I absolutely adore the prologue where Jason and Ora meet in South Africa. That part of the novel is immensely sweet and we get to tour Cape Town with them, which was fun. Unfortunately Ora also has her first of two “idiot” moments in that scene, but you can’t always tell your characters what to do, can you?

EB: LOL. (Idiot moments). What was your least favourite chapter/part to write and why?

NP: There’s an emotional scene where Ora breaks up with Jason after they get together after three years. My editor had to pull out the emotions from me so I could do justice to the scene. Just like Ora, I don’t do emotions well, but I had to bring it out in her so that the reader could feel her pain.

EB: I know you are big on ‘reasons why’ so here’s your chance to give us three reasons to read your book.

NP: 

  1. It’s a lovely sweet romance, which will have you engrossed and closing the book with a sigh.
  2. Set in Africa, the reader gets to explore a land they never thought they’d travel to within the context of a good story.
  3. The characters are fabulous. I didn’t want to leave them so I wrote a second book about Esi’s story called Destiny Mine.

 EB: Can you give us a peek inside Midwife to Destiny?

 Blurb

Ghanaian nurse Aurora ‘Ora’ Aikins never expected to find the love of her life while on vacation in South Africa. Engaged to another and believing that love has no place in her life, she returns to Ghana, and puts duty and honor first.

Three years later, Dr. Jason Lartey still can’t get Ora out of his mind or his heart. After learning she never married, he takes a risk and moves to Ghana hoping to rekindle what they started. His sudden appearance in Ora’s Emergency Department sends sparks flying all over again.

They’re in the same country, working in the same hospital, and together but distance creeps between them. Can they make their destined love one for the ages?

Buy Links

Amazon | Decadent |ARe | Barnes & Noble| Smashwords

EXCERPT

Ora focused on putting one foot in front of the other as if she were a one-year-old learning how to walk. After turning the corner and seeing the back of his head, she froze. She would know that head anywhere. He’d grown his hair out a little, but his adorable, Will Smith ears gave him away. Initiating the process of pivoting and sprinting out of the ED unnoticed sprang to mind when he turned around and his gaze caught hers.

The air became charged with tension and neither of them moved. Her heart threatened to pop out of her chest with the force of each beat. The nurses stood between them, looking back and forth as if they watched a tennis match. They didn’t bother to hide their expressions of curiosity.

They’d never seen Ora behave in such a manner. Not cool as a cucumber super nurse. Like herself, they kept looking at the new doctor just because of his tall, broad-shouldered, gorgeous stature. The past three years had matured him, adding a few lines around his eyes and the new feature of a goatee with a moustache changed his countenance a little. But otherwise, the same man she’d met three years ago, at least in the physical sense, stood before her.

After an eternity, Ora snapped back to attention. “Akwaaba, Dr. Lartey. Welcome to the ward.” Madam Professional stuck out her hand for a handshake.

Her words seemed to drag him out of his own stupor. “Uh….”

She had rendered the man speechless. Ora’s gracious nature—that’s what she blamed it on, anyway—took pity on him and she touched his shoulder. The contact sent sensual awareness through her and she recoiled her hand.

“Hello, Aurora. Please forgive me. It’s just that I’m a little surprised to see you.”

“Not as much as I am,” she muttered, attempting to squash both the joy bubbling up inside of her at seeing him again and the overwhelming sadness of what she’d been missing for so long.

“Pardon me?” he asked.

“I didn’t expect to see you here. It’s a surprise to me, too.” She tried to smile, but it came out contorted, as if she’d been able to have a painful, rocky bowel movement after being constipated for seven days.

EB: Great excerpt. Love the tension. Okay, now that we’ve had our excerpt, I’m sure readers would like to know a little bit about the woman behind the writer:

1. Most romantic movie you ever saw?

There are so many, but I’ll choose The Lake House with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

2. Most memorable movie quote

“Kiss this, bitch.” Trinity from the Matrix- she’s my girl.

3. Most vivid childhood memory?

Me and my brother hanging on my mother’s extended legs while she sat and scissored them so my brother and I almost crashed into each other. Good times and lots of giggles

4. If you had to choose a soundtrack to your life’s movie, which three songs would be the most meaningful?

This one is too hard for me to answer. My life has been so diverse that it’s impossible to choose only three.

5. Five question marathon:

  • Fave thing in your closet: A purple and gold kimono my mother sewed for me.
  • Fave ice-cream flavor: Chocolate chip cookie dough
  • Coffee vs. tea: Tea
  • Sweet vs sour: Sweet
  • Guilty pleasure: I have no guilt where pleasure is involved *giggle* 

EB: LOL. That means chocolate, people. Thanks for joining me on my blgo today, Nana Prah. Before I forget, a little birdie told me about a give-away…

NP: :-) I’m giving away a $20 Amazon gift card which will run until the end of April. The rafflecopter link is below:

ENTER GIVEAWAY

Author Bio – Nana Prah

Nana Prah was born in Ghana, West Africa, raised in the US and currently resides in Ghana where she loves her job as a writer and nurse educator. She has been writing since she can remember (in her journal) and has been an avid reader of romance novels since the eighth grade. She has finally been able to utilize the years and years of inadvertent research into writing her own romance novels where love always conquers all.

Contact Details:

Blog | Twitter: @NanaPrah | Facebook: Nana Prah, Author

My Writing Process Blog Hop

MWPI’ve been enticed (read: harpooned) into participating in the ‘My Writing Process Blog Hop’, which seeks to introduce you to authors you may not know and gives a little insight into each author’s writing process. For that reason, I’ll stick to author friends of mine (I’m pretty sure if I tagged Nora Roberts, she won’t play).

Author, Nana Prah, nominated me for this blog hop. I am currently reading her most recent release, Midwife to Destiny, which I’m thoroughly enjoying (don’t forget to drop by on Wednesday for an interview with Nana Prah and a sneak peek into her novel + a chance to win a cool prize).

Okay, so back to the hop: I’m supposed to answer four (simple) questions about my writing, then pay it forward by tagging three authors and linking to their website and/or blog. The three authors will in turn put up a similar post on their blogs next Monday.

Here goes:

1) What am I working on?

I’m working actively on book 2 of the ‘From Ghana with Love’ series, i.e. the sequel to Chancing Faith, currently titled Expecting Ty’s Baby. It is almost completed, so keep your dial tuned in for more information in the coming weeks.

I’m also working book 2 of the ‘Men of Distinction’ series(i.e. sequel to Most Eligible Bachelor), albeit more passively, currently titled Dinner and a Kiss, but still expect to complete this year.

My alter ego is working an erotic romance, which is also almost completed.

What can I say? I can’t work on one thing at a time…

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

The truth is most plots out there aren’t original. In fact, I heard or read somewhere that there are really 7 basic plotlines. Every single story you will ever read fits into at least one of these plot lines. So I guess what makes my work different from any other in its genre is the fact that my experiences, beliefs, biases and quirks influence my writing. I write about characters you could fall in love with, situations that could happen to you.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Let me start by asking a question of my own: have you ever witnessed a friend meet the perfect guy/girl and fall in love? It’s a beautiful thing to watch and be a part of. You’re ecstatic for your friend even though whatever s/he is going through isn’t happening to you. That’s because love is contagious and transformative. I like to see people find love, and I write romance because in these love stories, you know people who are meant to be will end up together.

4. How does my writing process work?

I don’t really have a writing process. I’ve tried different things at different times. I’m big on taking a common idea and looking at it from a different angle. When you read Chancing Faith, for example, you realise even though my hero is white and my heroine is black, race isn’t the point of the story and doesn’t even feature among their conflicts.

A story can come from anywhere. I may be watching TV, or observing people on the street, or listening to a joke etc., and something pops into my head. Usually, it’s a ‘what-if’ scenario. I tend to stew the idea in my head for a while and judge how excited I am about it. When the story or characters take a hold of my thinking and won’t let go, then I know that’s a story I MUST write.

And, now to select authors to tag:

Kiru Taye: I know Kiru has been tagged already, but as I love her books, I thought I’d tag her too. She writes fantastic historical romances set in pre-colonial Africa, as well as sizzling hot contemporary romances. She knows how to capture a reader’s imagination. Definitely a writer you want on your fave list.

Nana MaloneHere’s another author whom I admire a lot. She writes sassy contemporary romances, ultra-sexy and fun multicultural romantic comedies, and dark and sexy superhero romances.

Romy Sommer: Romy is a South African author friend who makes fairytales come alive in fun, flirty and wickedly sexy romances with modern day settings.

Remember to check out Nana Prah’s post from last week, and then Kiru Taye’s post later today. Don’t forget to check out Nana Malone and Romy Sommer’s posts next Monday, March 24th (click on their names above to go to their blogs).

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MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR (Men of Distinction, #1)

Magazine columnist Chantelle Sah doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day—not since her fiancé’s betrayal three years ago—and after botching her first assignment as a feature writer, she’s more than willing to put in a hard day’s work this Valentine’s Day; even if it means going on a date with gorgeous construction Tycoon, Lord McKenzie, and opening herself to an onslaught of all things love.

When Lord—his given name, not a title—sets his sights on Chantelle, it isn’t just work he has on his mind. But even he couldn’t have predicted the magnetic attraction between them when they meet, nor the evening ending with more than an interview. Now he has to convince Chantelle that their one-night stand wasn’t a mistake. Can he win her love without revealing a secret from their night of passion, which could prove fatal for both their hearts?

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CHANCING FAITH (From Ghana With Love, #1)

He didn’t do short-term relationships…

American ad exec, Thane Aleksander, doesn’t date co-workers either—until business takes him to Ghana, West Africa, and he meets Naaki. Now he’s at risk of breaking all the rules. Can he stop this headlong fall before it’s too late?

Until he met her!

Naaki Tabika has a burning need to prove, to herself and others, that she’s more than wife and mother material. To do so, she’s prepared to give up everything for her job. Meeting Thane, however, makes her want to get personal. But falling for her boss could destroy her career. Will she be willing to risk it all for the one thing that can make her truly happy?

Two divergent cultures, two different races, two career-driven professionals, only one chance at true love—will they find the faith to take it, or will their hearts be sacrificed on the altar of financial success?

BUY: Black Opal Books |Amazon | Barnes & Noble | All Romance eBooks |

Evernight Love Scene Blog Hop Winner

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It’s been a fun week, hasn’t it? I am sure we all had a blast with the love scenes of various heat levels. I’m not going to ask about favourites since that would be hard to do for many of you. What I will say is, I hope you had a wonderful hop (I know I did) and that you had an even better Valentine’s Day (creating your own love scenes).

Anyway, enough beating about the bush. Time to announce my Rafflecopter winner….(drumroll)

MELISSA C!

Congrats to you, Melissa C., and thanks for participating in the blog hop. Your gift will be heading your way soon.

Empi

Evernight’s Love Scene Giveaway

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Hi Peeps! It occurred to me the other day that I hadn’t posted anything in 2014, and then I heard about the Evernight Love Scene Blog Hop and thought this would be a perfect way to start my blogging year.

So I welcome you to the Love Scene Blog Hop where EP authors are sharing a love scenes from their books – as you know, Valentine’s Day is only a week away.

The Grand Prize is a $100 Visa gift card for a night out to be randomly chosen from all blog comments. Please include your email address in the comments.

My Prize is a $10 Evernight gift card (see rafflecopter link below).

My love scene is from my Evernight novel Most Eligible Bachelor, which also happens to be a Valentine’s Day story. It’s the beginning of the first love scene in the novel, and to give you context, here’s the blurb:

BLURB – MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR
Heat level: 2

MEB_MDMagazine columnist Chantelle Sah doesn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day—not since her fiancé’s betrayal three years ago—and after botching her first assignment as a feature writer, she’s more than willing to put in a hard day’s work this Valentine’s Day; even if it means going on a date with gorgeous construction Tycoon, Lord McKenzie, and opening herself to an onslaught of all things love.

When Lord—his given name, not a title—sets his sights on Chantelle, it isn’t just work he has on his mind. But even he couldn’t have predicted the magnetic attraction between them when they meet, nor the evening ending with more than an interview. Now he has to convince Chantelle that their one-night stand wasn’t a mistake. Can he win her love without revealing a secret from their night of passion, which could prove fatal for both their hearts?

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Lord McKenzie knew he was in trouble the moment he reached for the door and found Chantelle’s hand instead. She turned, her almond-shaped eyes widening. Their hazel intensity met his gaze, and he knew he was done for.

Energy passed between them, zapping his will to resist.

“Chantelle.” His voice came out heavy, having forced its way out of the vise gripping his throat.

He pulled her, intending to have one more taste of her luscious full lips. He felt no resistance on her part as she stepped toward him. Her bag dropped to the floor just before her body slammed against his, every soft curve fitting perfectly into him as he laid claim on her lips.

She kissed him back with the same hunger with which he devoured her. Fire ignited, took over. She gripped his t-shirt, tugging it out of his trousers in the process. He became instantly hard. When her hands grazed his skin, he lost hold of any control he had tried to maintain. A kiss wouldn’t be enough to douse the inferno of desire consuming them. Something it seemed she’d already realized, because she pushed the t-shirt up his torso.

Their breathing and moans mingled as they attended to the multiple tasks of kissing, shedding their clothes and finding a place to settle. Chantelle’s top came off first, followed by his, then her jeans and his. Stumbling urgently to the loveseat, they continued their kissing and frantic groping.

With one snap, her bra came off, making Lord pause. He needed to take in the sight before him. In nothing but a flimsy pair of lacy white panties, she was a vision of perfection, her body a work of art. Her tall frame ordinarily projected an impression of slimness, but underneath her clothes were curves, lush and feminine, ample hips narrowing into a small waist and firm breasts proudly pouting at him, all wrapped in flawless milk-chocolate skin.

“You’re incredibly beautiful,” he whispered.

He couldn’t wait to taste her. But first, he needed to touch.

Reverently he cupped her breasts and kneaded them gently, drawing a soft moan from her. His hands travelled down her flat stomach to her hips, enjoying the feel of her curves. His mouth followed with kisses, along the same path to her navel. Reaching for the hem of her panties, he paused, raising his eyes to meet her gaze.

She watched him with sultry eyes, her pupils dilated. Seeing the desire in their depths caused several ounces of restraint to slip from his grip, but he needed to know they were on the same page. He wasn’t going any further if she had doubts. 

“Tell me to take this off.”

She gave a slight nod. “Make me feel like a woman.”

With pleasure. He began to rid her of the panties, kissing every newly exposed part of her, as the underwear slowly came off. When it reached her calf, he released it, concentrating his efforts on places between her legs.

She sucked in a breath when he touched her. She was wet, her sensitive bud swollen. He stroked her gently with his fingers, while his mouth traced kisses back to her breasts. She moaned, reaching down to cuddle his head as his tongue pleasured the tight peaks of her breasts. Her touch was so gentle that it stoked the fire of his desire.

He groaned against a hard nipple as he slipped a finger into her slick heat. God, she felt so good. His erection throbbed, wanting – no, needing – to be surrounded the way his finger was. However, he had to take it slow, to give her multiple releases before he extracted his own pleasure.

His thumb continued fondling her pleasure spot. She whimpered, stiffening. A moan sounded in her throat, but her lips were pressed together. It seemed she was suppressing her moans, releasing them only when the pleasure became unbearable. Why?

Was she not used to relinquishing control, or was she not accustomed to getting this amount of stimulation? Either way, he needed to get her to relax.

“Let yourself go, Chantelle,” he said against her skin, tasting the salty sheen of sweat as his lips moved down her stomach. He dipped his tongue in her navel, mimicking the movements of his finger.

She responded with a soft cry, and then a long moan as her body moved in rhythm with his strokes. Her nails dug into his shoulders. They were going to leave evidence of their moment of passion. Not that it was needed; he’d remember this night.

He pushed another finger into her, drawing out another cry from her lips. Her thighs locked around his waist.

“That’s it,” he said, as her body tensed up. He traced his tongue along her skin to her ribs where he nipped her side lightly with his teeth, followed by an open-mouthed kiss.

Her body shuddered. “Oh!”

He loved hearing her moan. “That’s it, Chantelle.”

She’d reached the edge. He could tell from the sharp, shallow breaths and the trembling of her body. Yet she held on. He was more determined than ever to ensure this night didn’t end with him almost getting her there. He moved over her until their eyes were level. Hers were closed.

“Chantelle, let go,” he said in a determined whisper.

Her eyes flew open, and he glimpsed the storm raging within them before they rolled back. She came quickly, with a gasp and a shudder, as if she hadn’t wanted to or expected it.

Buy Links:

Evernight Publishing | Amazon | Amazon UK | All Romance eBooks | Bookstrand

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If you’ve read the book, I hope you enjoyed the trip down memory lane and you haven’t, I hope you enjoyed it enough to try the whole book.

Now, to enter the draw for my prize, go to my Rafflecopter giveaway.

Finally, Click here for the full list of authors taking part in the hop:

Happy Valentine’s Day (in advance)!

Empi

I Survived #NaNoWriMo: A Pantsers Tips for Successful NaNo-ing

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For those of you who don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, here’s what you need to know. NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and the idea is to write a novel in one month – specifically the month of November – and ‘novel’ is defined as 50,ooo words or more. That translates to 1667 daily for an entire month. Now if you think that’s easy, think about the last time you had to write a speech or even an email that was more than two paragraphs long.

Now that we have the basics down, you must be asking yourselves, if she was supposed to write 50,000 words, why is she boasting about her measly 18,802. I will tell you why.

  1. I’m a pantser – that means: (1) I do not write on a schedule, (2) I have to edit as I go along, because new things crop up as the story unravels that need an adjustment to be made in a previous chapter/page.
  2. I’m an emotional write – meaning I usually write when the mood hits, so I can spend days/weeks having written nothing and I can spend an entire day in my room writing.
  3. I have never written new material every single day for any significant length of time.
  4. This is my first time following through and actually participating in NaNoWriMo. I’ve signed up two times before but I never wrote anything.
  5. …well, you get the picture

So considering that I wrote new material every single day in November, I’d say 18,802 words is pretty good. Plus, I actually wrote more than that. 18,802 is just the new material that fit chronologically in the story. There were several scenes I wrote that I shelved for later.

Anyway, this brings me to the actual purpose of my post: my tips for successful NaNo-ing.

  1. Fill your mind with your story. I know writers who say they write during lunch breaks and other pockets of free time during the day. I don’t know how they do it, because if you’re like me, you often need some 10 minutes to read over the last couple of paragraphs, or gather your thoughts, or summon your muse. If your break is only 15 minutes, that strategy isn’t going to work well.
    What I did was to use my pockets of free time to think about (read: plot) the scene I was working on – e.g. what I last wrote, what should happen next etc., so when I sat down to write in the evening, I was already pretty much in the zone.
  2. Be creative about finding time to write. One thing I did was let my hubby drive so I could write on the way to work. It’s not more than a 30-minute ride, but it often got me on average 250 words each morning.
    If you can’t have someone else do the driving (or carpool), maybe you can take public transportation. The other alternative is to have your recorder on and talk as you drive – works best if you’re driving alone :-).
  3. Stay an hour longer: if you work in a place where you are allowed to stay late, spend an extra hour after work writing. If you’ve been doing point #1, you should already have material that will help you maximise the time. This is especially important for those with home/family commitments.
  4. Limit TV time: If you’re like me, you follow quite a few TV series, or sometimes you’re more comfortable just lounging in front of the TV and unwinding after a full day at work. Snap out of it! Choose your top three or four shows and forsake the others – especially those you watch because the TV is on and they are kind of interesting.
    If you’re going for a short-term writathon (like NaNo) and you want to cut out TV completely, be my guest. As for me, I have never been a proponent of drastic measures when it comes to food and guilty pleasures – just moderation.

Well, that’s what I have for you today. So here’s my question to any writer who stops by this post:

  1. Did you NaNo?
  2. If so, what are your top four tips (whether you ‘won’ or not)
  3. If not, what’s your regular routine for writing consistently?
  4. Do you think my tips will help you?
  5. I look forward to all your comments. Have a wonderful weekend.

Empi