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Monday, April 6, 2015

Guest Post: Homecoming, by Kate Hasbrouck

Hello, dear readers!  I'm pleased to introduce Kate Hasbrouck's new book, Homecoming, complete with a guest post on writing!  Be sure to check out the links and giveaway at the end.


Kerana is being sent to Earth to begin her duty as an Eldurian. Hers are a perfect people, without flaw and without sin, never experiencing the fall of man. Created by God to shepherd His people on Earth, they remain in the shadows, unnoticed. Kerana looks human, speaks like them, and has been taught to act like them. Above all her mission is to serve the humans.

Arriving on Earth, Kerana meets Eli at school. He is an ordinary human, with a father suffering from alcoholism, and a past that threatens to ruin his life. A star scholarship lacrosse player, Eli has to forget his true passion and live in a shell that doesn’t let anyone in. Until he meets Kerana. They find themselves intertwined in a connection that neither can quite explain. When this connection puts the two of them in danger, they find comfort and protection from each other. When Eli discovers that there is more to Kerana than just her stunning looks and grace, the Eldurians and their home planet of Eden may not remain a secret for very long.

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Kate Hasbrouck has been writing and creating stories for as long as she can remember. She had written several stories by the time she was a teen, but Homecoming was the first full manuscript she had ever written with the intention of sharing it with other people. She attended Houghton College, where she received her Bachelor’s degree with a dual-major in Writing and Psychology where she honed her skills. She lives in Florida with her husband, a youth pastor at a local church, where she spends time writing, ministering to teens, and enjoying the life God has given her. Homecoming is the first book in a trilogy.

 
 
If you're interested in Homecoming, check out the awesome giveaway Kate is hosting, and visit her website.

Kate was kind enough to write a guest post on writing for us:

One of my favorite parts of writing is to create a world that has never existed. Sweeping mountains, daring sword fights, and a bad guy who really is a good guy deep down.

One of my least favorite parts of writing? When you get stuck.

This is what is famously called "writers block". And that really is what it seems to do to your mind: it's as if there is a giant wall blocking your way, making it so you can't move any farther. Maybe it's with your character, and you aren't sure what she would say next. Or maybe it's with the story, and you can't figure out how they will possibly go from this horrible problem to finally finding peace. And maybe it's even something as small as you aren't satisfied with a certain part, and you want to just completely erase it and start over.

So how do you get over it? A lot of writers say that they have the magic solution for getting over writers block, but the truth is that what really works is different person to person. I suffer from it too. And what really stinks is when you have writers block for a long time.

So here are three things that you might find helpful when trying to get over writers block!

1.) Step away from the story

You might already have left your story alone for a long time, but I mean to intentionally give yourself some space from it. Take a few days and work on a different story idea, or do some writing exercises with some writing prompts. Don't give up on writing, but give that story a break.

Then, when you've given your brain a break, go back and look at it with fresh eyes! You'll be amazed at how something so small can help so much!

2.) Write the same scene totally differently

If you are super stuck on one part in particular, try writing it in a different way. Do different characters, put them in a different setting. If the scene is tense, make it calm. If the characters are happy, make them angry. Sometimes you will be surprised what the character might end up saying or doing, and it might open up that door that you need to keep the story moving!

3.) Push through it!

Sometimes the best thing we can do is just to work through it! It's not fun, and the writing may be some of the worst you have ever done, but the best thing is that you can go back to it and change it later. Some of the best advice I ever received is to just keep writing until you finish the book, then go back and edit it. And it will change, so don't fret over a part that you aren't totally happy with! You can always, always change it!

Don't be afraid if you get stuck in your writing. It happens to everyone! The important thing is you get it written out! And if you really can't get past it, it might be okay to decide to just get rid of the part where you are stuck!

Keep writing, and keep creating!

Thanks for the words of wisdom, Kate!  Readers, be sure to check out the rest of the tour:

Monday, April 6th
Tuesday, April 7th
Wednesday, April 8th
Thursday, April 9th
Friday, April 10th
Tuesday, April 14th
Wednesday, April 15th
Saturday, April 18th
Sunday, April 19th

 

3 comments:

Laura Pol said...

Thanks so much for being part of the tour Allison! Love these tips Kate! :)

Sarah said...

Thanks for the tips, Mrs. Hasbrouck! Homecoming sounds like a cool book!

Allison Ruvidich said...

Isn't it, Sarah? Thanks, too, Laura!