Super excited to take part in the blog tour for Katerina Diamond’s new book, The Secret. Avon Books have gone a bit mad with their concept for this one, in that the hosts are all kept secret so well done if you guessed that The Secret blog tour was stopping at Bibliophile Book Club today!
I read and thoroughly enjoyed Katerina’s previous book, The Teacher so I’m really looking forward to reading The Secret when I get chance. Click the link below to read my previous review:
Aaaaanyway, I have a great guest post from Katerina Diamond, but first, you know the drill!!! Here’s all the bookish info you need to know!
About the book:
Can you keep a secret? Your life depends on it…
When Bridget Reid wakes up in a locked room, terrifying memories come flooding back – of blood, pain, and desperate fear. Her captor knows things she’s never told anyone. How can she escape someone who knows all of her secrets?
As DS Imogen Grey and DS Adrian Miles search for Bridget, they uncover a horrifying web of abuse, betrayal and murder right under their noses in Exeter.
And as the past comes back to haunt her, Grey must confront her own demons. Because she knows that it can be those closest to us who hurt us the most…
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Read on for Katerina Diamond’s guest post…..
My Secret Writing Tips
These aren’t so much secret writing tips as things that – when I finally accepted them – helped me move from amateur to professional in terms of my writing.
- The first is – getting to the end of the first draft is more important than having it perfect. I was as guilty of this as anyone – I had a tendency to edit a paragraph, section, word until it was perfect. I would get stuck on it, obsess about it – until I hated it altogether. Just keep moving forward. The truth is, until you have a first draft nothing is going to look perfect because the thing you are looking for only comes to you after you have written the end. A strange feeling of clarity seems to sweep over me after I have completed the first draft, then I read through the novel again. You’ll be amazed at how some things just don’t fit anymore.
- The second is – editing is the fun bit. Hard to believe, but it’s true: editing is the part where you really get to hone your craft and make your work stand out – you have done the hard graft of getting your plot into a vaguely rounded shape, and now you get to focus on the details. I never appreciated this before and the moment I accepted it I realised where I had been going wrong previously.
- The third – cut, cut, cut. Cutting bits out is not as bad as you think it is – and it’s necessary. It really is something you get used to and kind of have to force yourself into. I was always reluctant to do it when I was unpublished but the more I read and re-read The Teacher the easier it was to recognise the things that needed to go. That’s the beauty of having an editor. They can point out the things that aren’t working, but until you do have an editor, you need to be brutally honest with yourself about what’s working and what isn’t.
- The fourth, and possibly most important, is – remember that you don’t have to write 5000 words a day; you don’t even have to write 1000 words a day. 500 words is perfectly achievable in half an hour – 500 words a day, that’s 3500 words a week 14,000 a month and a pretty solid first draft in 5 months (70,000) – how many people do you know that would be happy with a first draft in 5 months? Most people, I would argue. Writing a novel takes a lot of patience. Sometimes just getting to the computer and sticking 500 words in can make the difference between procrastination and progress, and trust me, I’ve done my fair share of procrastinating. It also takes away from the age-old excuse, ‘I don’t have time to write’. Time isn’t what’s stopping you; I know – I’ve been there.
- The last thing is – trust your voice. Sometimes you get an urge to write something that feels a bit ‘out there’, and my advice is just to embrace that. Put it in and don’t censor yourself at the start. When you come back to it, think about whether it’s worth keeping or not; there may be a perfectly valid reason why that particular thing came into your head. It may be the natural progression of the plot, or it may be that kick up the bum the story needs.
Huge thanks to Katerina Diamond for joining me today!
Make sure you keep up with The Secret blog tour….