Monday, 22 May 2017

Island of Secrets - Patricia Wilson blog tour with guest post

'The story started at dawn on the fourteenth of September, 1943 . . .'
All her life, London-born Angelika has been intrigued by her mother's secret past. Now planning her wedding, she feels she must visit the remote Crete village her mother grew up in.

Angie's estranged elderly grandmother, Maria, is dying. She welcomes Angie with open arms - it's time to unburden herself, and tell the story she'll otherwise take to her grave.

It's the story of the Nazi occupation of Crete during the Second World War, of horror, of courage and of the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children. And it's the story of bitter secrets that broke a family apart, and of three enchanting women who come together to heal wounds that have damaged two generations.

Patricia Wilson has stopped by today and is sharing her 5 top tips for writing. 


1/ Never use five words when three will do.

2/ Join a writer’s circle and embrace criticism.

3/ Work from your synopsis, but don’t be afraid to deviate.

4/ Write the story first, fill in details like the location descriptions later.

5/ Keep notes such as dates/places of birth, name spellings, for all your characters.

6/ Do a thorough check for repeated words.

7/ Use a good editor before submitting to agents.

8/ Don’t turn writing into a chore. Find your most productive time to write.

9/ Don’t be disheartened by rejection slips. Keep working to improve the ms.

10/ Learn the craft. Decide on your genre. Become professional in your writing habits.

11/ Write the first draft of your second manuscript, in the same genre as the first, and work on it as you wait for a positive submission response.

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