Welcome to the GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE 1 Day/5 Blog Tour! @JanSikes3 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

Win (2) e-book copies of GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE

THE THREE P’S

Hello, everyone, and welcome to one of my last blog posts on the Ghostly Interference book tour! It’s an honor to be here, and I’m happy to announce that Ghostly Interference is currently on sale through January 22nd!

Today I want to talk about something I’ve learned over the years that deserves to be shared.

The three P’s – Patience – Persistence – Practice

Patience:

When you begin any writing journey, whether it be a short story or novel, be patient with yourself and with the process. Rushing through any part of the story creation will not yield a great story. The reader will feel the rushing and miss out on the depth that your story or character needs. Be patient when life interferes with your writing time. It will happen. Be patient when you get stuck in a scene and spend your entire allotted writing time wrestling with a paragraph. It will unfold. Be patient when your characters invade your life and keep you awake at night. And most of all, be patient with what your body needs. Sitting for long periods is not healthy. So, when your back starts to ache and your butt feels glued to the chair, be patient. Give yourself a break. Take a short walk, do ten minutes of yoga, or simply stand and stretch. Another excellent and super affordable alternative is an adjustable desktop that will allow you to stand and work.

Persistence:

Writing a book is not easy. Coming up with a fantastic story idea that gets your blood rushing through your veins is so energizing. But it takes persistence to stick with the process of transferring those vivid images in your head to the written word. It takes persistence to keep going when you feel overwhelmed. It takes persistence to stick it out to the end. Without persistence, you’ll never write those coveted two words, “The End.”

Practice:

While there are many aspects of the craft of writing you can learn by taking classes, reading books by experts, and sitting in on workshops, nothing replaces the value of practice. The old saying, ‘practice makes perfect,’ fits here. The more you write, the better you will get. You will learn to recognize weak verbs and how to replace them with power words. You will learn to spot repetition when you tend to use a crutch word over and over throughout the manuscript. You will get proficient at forming sentences that convey your thoughts in a concise and visual way and avoid passive writing. Scenes that move a story forward are essential in telling any story. Learning to spot the scenes that do nothing to advance the story comes from practice. The experts say to write every day. That doesn’t mean you must work on your WIP every day. It means you must write something every day. I would venture to say that most of us do that either through social media posts, blogs, or emails. Learn to look back over what you’ve written before you hit the ‘send’ button. When I’m in a hurry, I often fail to see a glaring typo, and I hate that. Everything we write reflects on us as authors. Think about that. If you consistently post sentences with typos, it will deter possible new readers from picking up your book. When I became a member of RWISA, that idea firmly cemented itself in me. I never want to write anything that would reflect poorly on that professional organization. It held my feet to the fire in a good way.

So, be persistent, be patient, and practice as you grow in this beautiful art form of writing. It will pay off.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

BOOK BLURB

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet, comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

BOOK TRAILER LINK: https://youtu.be/NHaLVSe_flI

BOOK PURCHASE LINKS:

AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/Ghostly-Interference-White-Rune-Sikes-ebook/dp/B08KW1KFMW/

BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ghostly-interference-jan-sikes/1137871003?

KOBO: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/ghostly-interference

iTUNES: https://books.apple.com/us/book/ghostly-interference/id1535082886

GOOGLE PLAY: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=PCwNEAAAQBAJ

JAN SIKES SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS

http://www.jansikes.com

https://jansikesblog.com/

https://jansikesblog.com/

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJanSikesBooks

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CS9K8DK  (Author Page)

To follow along with the rest of the tour, please visit the authors’ tour page on the 4WillsPublishing site for the additional stops that are all going on today.  If you’d like to book your own blog tour and have your book promoted in similar grand fashion, please click HEREThanks for supporting these authors and their work!

33 thoughts on “Welcome to the GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE 1 Day/5 Blog Tour! @JanSikes3 @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

  1. Jan Sikes January 14, 2021 / 8:10 am

    Good morning, Susanne! Thank you for kindly lending me your blog site to talk about the three P’s and to wrap up my Ghostly Interference blog tour! I appreciate your support!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. roxburkey January 14, 2021 / 8:15 am

    Jan your lessons learned and great to know. Susanne, your blog is lovely. I love this story and look forward to the next one in the series.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jan Sikes January 14, 2021 / 8:49 am

      Thank you for stopping by, Rox. I wish I had known someone to share these lessons with me when I first embarked on the journey of becoming an author. I would have found them helpful. I appreciate your support!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. pdoggbiker January 14, 2021 / 3:25 pm

    Great words of wisdom, Jan!

    Thank you, Susanne for hosting this stop. I hope you both sell tons of books in response to your hospitality.

    Good luck!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jan Sikes January 14, 2021 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, John. I’m glad you enjoyed my post!

      Like

      • Jan Sikes January 14, 2021 / 8:39 pm

        Susanne, remember words have power! I did a little advertising for you on my blog today as well. I hope you sold a few today too!

        Liked by 1 person

  4. jinlobify January 14, 2021 / 9:16 pm

    Hi, Jan, I agree with your three Ps. I can see how and why an author should have a system that works for them. Thank you, Susanne for hosting her today.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jan Sikes January 14, 2021 / 10:00 pm

      Hi, Joy! Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you enjoyed the post about the three P’s. And, yes, we all need a system that works for them. I appreciate you!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Wendy Scott January 14, 2021 / 9:30 pm

    Great advice, Jan, practice with growth is the key, each piece we write should be better than the one before.

    Liked by 3 people

  6. maurabeth2014 January 14, 2021 / 10:47 pm

    Susanne, thanks for hosting, enjoyed visiting your site! Jan, once again, you offer specific advice for writers that we can all relate to. Writing every day is my New year’s resolution! Good luck on your tour and sell lots of books!!

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jan Sikes January 15, 2021 / 9:53 am

      Hi, Maura Beth! Thanks so much for stopping by. I love your New Year’s resolution and can’t wait to see what amazing stories you come up with!!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. patgarcia January 15, 2021 / 5:18 am

    Hi Jan, Hi Susanne,

    Jan, another great article about what it takes to be a writer. I think the most important point for me was practice. You have practice writing everyday. You develop your own voice as you practice. That is so important.

    Susanne, thank you for hosting Jan.

    Wishing both of you a great 2021.

    Shalom aleichem

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jan Sikes January 15, 2021 / 9:54 am

      You make such a good point, Pat, when you talk about finding your writer’s voice. It is uniquely your own and when you discover it, there is such freedom to create that simply flows! Thank you for stopping by!

      Liked by 2 people

  8. yvettemcalleiro January 15, 2021 / 7:02 am

    I am trying to developed the habit of practicing every day. It isn’t easy. Lol! Thanks for hosting, Susanne. 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jan Sikes January 15, 2021 / 9:55 am

      That’s true, Yvette, but if you think about it, I am sure you do write every day. Maybe not on your WIP, but putting words together every day in any format helps with the practice of writing. Thank you for stopping by!

      Liked by 2 people

  9. Susan Hughes January 15, 2021 / 8:51 am

    Lots of good info for writers, Jan. And I enjoyed Susanne’s blog too.
    Have a great weekend.

    Liked by 3 people

    • Jan Sikes January 15, 2021 / 9:55 am

      Thank you for stopping and leaving a comment, Susan. I’m glad you enjoyed the hard-earned writing lessons I’ve learned!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. marianbeaman January 15, 2021 / 11:14 am

    Jan, thanks for writing such an amazing book. Who doesn’t like a candy-apple cycle? And thanks, Susan, for hosting Jan today. RRBC is such a supportive group! #RRBC @JanSikes3

    Here’s to “writer’s flow” for ALL of us!

    Liked by 3 people

  11. Shirley Harris-Slaughter January 15, 2021 / 3:01 pm

    Jan I can appreciate your advice the three Ps. When I was writing my first novel, and got stuck on a title, I went to bed and it came to me in my dreams. I must have been half asleep and half awake because I shot up and ran to my computer to jot it down, then climbed back in the bed and continued to sleep. Was I sleepwalking? Probably not because I remember doing it. I know its crazy but know you can appreciate that. LOL.

    Have a great tour.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Jan Sikes January 15, 2021 / 3:45 pm

      Lol, Shirley. Yes, I can definitely appreciate that experience. I’ve had lots come to me in the wee hours of the morning when I should be sleeping. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment!

      Like

  12. PTLPerrin January 15, 2021 / 4:48 pm

    Thanks, Jan! You’ve earned a fourth P by posting your wise three Ps here. Perfect! I deeply relate to what you say about Patience, Persistence, and Practice. None of them are easy to learn and do, but the rewards of writing those words, ‘the end,’ are worth every bit of effort that goes into writing a book. Every bit. Readers will love the results when they read Ghostly Interference! Thank you so much for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Jan Sikes January 15, 2021 / 10:41 pm

      Thank you for stopping by, Patty. I’m glad you enjoyed this post. I agree that the reward of writing “The End” is so worth every effort!

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.