Welcome to my first Sunday Street Team post for the month of August! If you’ve forgotten what SST is or want more information on how to join, please visit our hostess, Miss Nori’s, post –> HERE.
This month, we’re featuring Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow! Kathleen has offered me some fabulous writing tips to share and is generously hosting a GIVEAWAY for her novel. Check it out!
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep, and the pain washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don’t have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you.
Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.
Before we get to Kathleen’s guest post, we’d like to take a second at Sunday Street Team to acknowledge the seriousness of Girl in Pieces‘ subject matter and offer resources to anyone who may be experiencing difficulties similar to Charlotte’s. Please don’t ever be afraid to reach out!
If you or someone you know is struggling and needs help, please consider contacting:
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
To Write Love on Her Arms: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/
National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000
And now, on to the guest post!
Top Ten Writing and Reading Tips
- Why are you reading this? You should be writing!
- It’s good that you are reading this because someday you will be a published author and you can learn from my mistakes (JK).
- Turn off your television, iPad, iPhone, iWhatever, and get down to work. You can’t get published if you don’t have something to submit and you don’t have something to submit if you don’t have any pages and you don’t have any pages if you don’t sit down in that chair and turn everything off and start writing.
- First Drafts are just that, “first.” They are necessarily messy, mostly awful, generally cause you a lot of pain and angst, but they also contain little glimmers of the story you really want to tell, so give yourself a page count (250? Sounds good) and just write like a demon. And then, baby, THEN, you’ve got something to work with.
- You can do this. You can. Someone needs to read the story you are working on.
- Find a beta reader.
- Read widely. Other genres can influence your work in wonderful ways. Learn from writers—study their style.
- Read as often as you can. On the bus, on the train, in bed, on the couch, standing up on the subway. Reading just makes you feel human, doesn’t it?
- Find writing friends! It’s so great to meet people who like writing and reading as much as you do! And they are out there! Find them on Twitter, check the board at your local co-op, ask around at your school.
- Why are you still reading this! Go write something beautiful, necessary, scary, gory, funny, witty, fantastic, strange, weird, lovely,–whatever it is, just do it, because your voice matters.
Kathleen Glasgow lives in Tucson, Arizona. She writes for the radio show The Writer’s Almanac and can probably provide you with some interesting anecdotes about historical literary figures if you asked nicely. You can find out more about Kathleen by following her on Twitter: @kathglasgow, Instagram, @misskathleenglasgow (where she posts about sunsets, depression, spirit circles, and books) or her website: kathleenglasgowbooks.com.
I’m super excited about Kathleen’s writing tips! I hope that you enjoyed reading them through them and that if you’re a writer, you now stop reading this post and GO GET SOME WRITING DONE! Or you can check out Kathleen’s giveaway first. That would also be acceptable. GOOD LUCK!