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On A Bookish Word or Two, we have a guest post from Maria J. Andrade, author of DEFIANCE AND REDEMPTION. Enjoy!

Tips for Getting Your Book Written

By Maria J. Andrade


1.       Write About Something You Know About or Have a Passion About!

My recently published fiction novel, Defiance and Redemption, A Lifetime of Unbroken Bonds, which takes place in Ecuador, South America was about the friendship of three women I grew up with, but the main character was my mother. Of course, I knew about their lives because I had spent my life hearing about their youth, how they connected, and what kept their bond of sisterhood solid. So, it was not hard to be excited about creating and sharing a description of these fictional characters who were based on real-life people I love, but there was also plenty of research I had to do about the period they grew up in.

2.        Do Some Research

Their story begins in the early 20th Century, which was still influenced by the customs and mores of the Victorian age, and their lives as young women spanned the period of the second World war. I heard what they had told me about the treatment of women during that time and the limitations women faced but I had to learn more. I also did research on Ecuador’s history and the fascinating and uniqueness of its flora and fauna which I wanted to use as the backdrop of the story. So, as you choose a story or it chooses you, you may find yourself doing research to add to the richness of the plot.

3.       Find The Time to Write!

       It is not easy to find the time to write with family, job, and holidays but if you   

are ever going to write that book you must get to writing! You can use the Pomodoro Technique which suggests you use a timer to do a thing for 25-minute intervals then stop, rest for 20 minutes, and begin again.

 I wrote during the time my children were teens and later as an empty nester. In either case, I could always find excuses to procrastinate to start writing or to leave a story behind. In truth, I was procrastinating because there were periods I didn’t believe in my own creative abilities. “It just isn’t good enough,” I would tell myself. Or, I add, “So many good writers have already written about this theme.” Then I realized I had to change the negative mind tapes. “It may not be good right now, but I will get it to be the best it can be!”  “Yes, others have written about this theme but maybe I will have a new perspective that readers can relate to!”

4.       Write a Draft or an Outline

I find that I can write in a more coherent way if I have an outline of where I want to start, where I am going, and maybe where I will end the story. The writing of an outline helps me play creatively with the story line and flesh out the segments as if I were writing a 3-part play. The beginning, middle and end may change but the outline gives me a head start.

5.       Write and Re-write

As you get into your story try to stop at a good place not where you feel stuck. It is better to return to the story when you have not hit a brick wall or feel trapped. If you do hit a wall. Leave it. I needed to get away from my story which ended up being over 77,000 words often. So, I would take a break and get a snack, read some poetry, go out for a walk, or work in my garden. Often when I returned to the story it felt fresh again and I could re-write a section or flesh out a character more.
Of course, in the end, you will need to work with an editor and a good one will tell you where the story needs more information or less. Editors will also pull our cliches, and grammatical errors and all that, but most importantly, they will give you feedback about where the behavior of a character or an event needs clarification. So be prepared to re-write! I translated my novel into Spanish, so I spend a lot of time re-writing because grammatical rules vary from one language to another. Thank goodness, I had a great editor for each language!

6.       Believe in Your Story

If you have a chapter written read it to yourself outload. Hear how it sounds. Share it with a friend and get their feedback. Join a writing group and share it there. You need support so get it wherever you can. Just know that story will get finished and you will begin a new adventure, the journey of marketing your own book!


About Maria J. Andrade

Maria J. Andrade was born in Ecuador, South America, and raised in New York and California. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. As a licensed therapist and writer, Maria has been diving into other people’s minds and her own, through dreams, poetry, and books for over three decades. She traveled with the Four Winds Society where she studied and was initiated into Andean shamanism in 1990.

Before Maria retired as a therapist, she specialized in women’s issues and founded the Wise Women’s Circle a ritualistic and transpersonal study group that continues today. The women support each other through life’s challenges and in the growth of mind, body, and spirit.

Maria Andrade’s books for children and adults is found in a variety of genres. This is an unforgettable first novel that reflects her imagination and creative storytelling.

Defiance and Redemption is her latest release.

Visit her website at www.booksasfriends.com or connect with her on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.


About Defiance and Redemption

Based on a true story, Defiance and Redemption, A Lifetime of Unbroken Bonds, brings to life the joys, dramas, and triumphs of two sisters, Eva and Victoria Alisio and their loyal friend Marta. The sisters are

raised by their atheist Grandfather Marcus and religious Grandmother Maria Luisa. Eva, a proud and strong-willed young woman defies her family, society, and culture, faces scandal and disgrace, for her forbidden love affair. Victoria finds herself in the center of a multigenerational conflict as her benefactor bestows a great inheritance on her excluding the rightful heirs. Marta, loyal to the childhood bond with the Alisio sisters, brings humor and support to their twists and turns of fortune. The young women’s bond of love, and perseverance, carries them through ordinary and extraordinary losses, triumphs, and ultimately to their destiny in the United States.

An important novel about 20th Century women, Defiance and Redemption, is an absorbing epic that moves through decades and destinies. It blends personal and historical events into a collective tale of self-determination, love, and sisterhood.

“This book is an engrossing page turner which will pull you in and keep you cheering for your favorite actors until the very end! Defiance and Redemption is a unique book that tells a story that is both particular to a given time in Ecuador, but also universal in its themes of love, betrayal and survival.” – Nancy Mintie, Founder of Uncommon Good

“Reading Defiance and Redemption reminded me of a distant time when I read Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. Like these writers, Maria Andrade took me through a captivating journey of love and deep passion. Being gripped by the strong emotions that the characters possess and what they did in the end moved me profoundly.” – Maria Donovan, Retired Verizon Executive

“In Defiance and Redemption, Maria Andrade weaves together history, biography, and fiction into a romantic love and a story of three women that defy the ability of patriarchal culture to define them. We see the young women grow up to rise above the shame that tries to silence and limit them. They learn to find their voices and make sacrifices to be true to themselves as women. They leave behind all that they knew to make a better life for themselves and their daughters. This is a book to remind women of all ages where we came from, and what it took to break out and thrive nearly a century ago. Women like these paved the way for all who came after and have the rights we have today.” – Nancy Poitou, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Book Information

Release Date: September 21, 2021

Publisher:  Clara Publishing

Soft Cover: ISBN: 978-1734290066; 274 pages; $24.99; Kindle Edition $17.99

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