Today I have an exclusive guest post from Lola Smirnova and details of her new book Craved.
Every writer is unique in the way that they think, plan (and often scheme!) their way from prologue to epilogue; having an understanding of what works and what doesn’t work for you is an important part of maturing and developing as a writer. You need to know exactly what sort of environment and mind set gets your creative juices bubbling and what will make you most productive; all of this comes with time and experience.
For all each writer’s process will be subtly different, you may find a framework such as this one will help, particularly if you get stuck or experience the dreaded block!
Before you start to write you plan. To find your idea draw on your experiences and inspirations; always keep a note book handy as ideas often come to you in the most inconvenient of situations!
When you have your idea, try to get some meat on the bones by brainstorming or free writing; don’t worry about spelling, grammar or anything like that, just plough on and see where your imagination takes you.
Begin to structure the story at this point; think of this as a rough map of where your story will go.
Once you’ve planned there’s only one place you can go next: start writing! This is a true free wring exercise; forget grammar, spelling, punctuation, everything! Just get your ideas down, let it flow and don’t worry if you stray off topic once in a while. You’ll produce multiple drafts before you hit on the perfect story; this is normal so don’t worry. One thing you must do is make writing part of your daily routine; find the time and concentrate!
Revising your work
A popular revision technique is the ARRR approach; this stands for Add, Rearrange, Remove, Replace.
Add. To be considered a novel, your work has to be at least 60,000 words and probably nearer to 100,000; if you’re short of that go back to your notes and see if there’s anything that needs to be fleshed or any detail you’ve missed.
Rearrange. Check the flow; could some of your work be re-ordered to read better?
Remove. Cut any parts which feel superfluous or like information overload.
Replace. Get a second opinion; friends, other writers and editors are a valuable resource to help you in this respect. Get some constructive feedback!
Now is the time to focus on spelling grammar, punctuation and all of the things that you’ve ignored so far! Editing is a detailed process and is best performed by a professional; there’s nothing worse than reading a beautifully produced book with countless errors in it.
This is the final step, but it can be the most arduous and anxiety provoking. Whether you are going down the traditional publishing, or self-publishing route, putting your work out there is a big leap of faith and one which requires guts and a thick skin.
Remember to celebrate though; being a published author and finishing a novel is a huge achievement and no matter how successful your work is you should not lose sight of that.
Having been to hell and back, the eager sisters from Ukraine – Natalia, Lena and Julia – decide to retire from selling sex and walk the straight and narrow path back home. But when an old friend calls them with an opportunity to make buckets of ‘easy’ money in South Africa, they find it impossible to refuse.
Return to the nightlife of the entertainment business brings along all the old familiar temptations – alcohol, drugs, and prostitution.
Can the girls resist their vices and stay together? Or will this industry destroy their sanity and their family?
Inspired by real life events, Craved is a fascinating story of addiction, survival and the art of making a living in the sex trade.
About the Author:
Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine. Her novels are inspired by real-life events. They are meant for the open-minded readers who are not afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen.
Lola’s debut novel Twisted was released in 2014. The book placed as Honorable Mention in the General Fiction Category of The 2014 London Book Festival’s Annual Competition.
Lola released Craved, the highly anticipated sequel to Twisted, in August 2015.
Lola has fascinating stories to share about the experiences of women in the global sex industry. Her thrilling tales will surely shock and surprise you, with both the storyline and literary value.
Lola lives in South Africa, and is currently working on the third book in her trilogy. To learn more, go to http://lolasmirnova.com/