Saturday, January 16, 2016

Guest Post: Fabulous Five Writing Tips by Anna Simpson

Today we're celebrating the launch of White Light by Anna Simpson. She's written a special guest post to share some writing tips! Be sure to scroll down after the post to read all about her new book! Take it away, Anna!

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Thanks, Katherine for having me here today.
*clears throat* So you want me to share some writing tips, eh. I can do that. I’ll warn you though, I think most of us have a similar approach.
1.     I let my imagination run wild – one of the bonuses of doing NaNoWriMo is that I learned about getting the story down. I don’t mean a detailed outline. That was my first try. I mean, squeezing the last bit of vision upon the page.
2.     Don’t edit until all the words are down – second lesson of NaNoWriMo is not to edit, look back or stop until the story is done. It’s hard to do. I’ve learned to keep a notepad nearby so I can jot down ideas or additions, so I can keep moving forward.
3.     Edit in order: story structure, chapters, then sentences – I look at the overall story and remove what is not necessary, leaving gaps. I organize my chapters, filling in where I need to backfill. Once all that is done, I look at paragraphs and sentences—mostly grammar, punctuation.
4.     Send it off for feedback – I don’t dare send it off without getting second opinions.
5.     Revise until I’m happy – I revise several times, letting it rest between rounds.


Emma never dreamed of being a super-sleuth. In her mind, she’s more Scooby Doo than Nancy Drew and when her nosy neighbor, Mrs. Perkins, drags her to an anniversary party to solve a mystery, she rolls her eyes, buys a box of chocolates and hops in the car.

What’s a party without an attack on its host—or more accurately on the host’s grandson, sparking an allergic reaction and moving the party to the hospital waiting room. Suddenly, everyone is a suspect. Emma and Mrs. Perkins, along with Great Aunt Alice (a spirit with boundary issues who keeps stepping into Emma’s body like a new dress and playing matchmaker), dive into an investigation that almost gets Emma killed along with the man they are trying to protect. With so many reasons to kill him and so much to be gained if he died, Emma and Mrs. Perkins must unravel the tenuous ties that point to every member of his family as potential killers.

Even if it means going back to the psych ward, Emma will protect her friend and this innocent man. What good is freedom if it's haunted with guilt? 


Anna Simpson lives near the Canadian-US border with her family. Even though she's lived in several places in British Columbia, her free spirit wasn't able to settle down until she moved back to her hometown.

The woman is easy to find though, if you know the magic word -- emaginette. Do an internet search using it and you'll see what I mean. :-)



  1. Great tips! I usually have a group of notes at the bottom of my manuscript that say, "During revisions:" and list all the things I need to look for and adjust! It is important to keep that momentum going.

  2. True and keeping a list is a great way to stay on top of it. :-)

  3. Thanks for the tips!
    "...not to edit, look back or stop until the story is done." If I can force myself to stick to this, then I MAY try NaNo.
    *waving at SK*

    1. You should! I learn so much about myself every year, and there are prizes to be won. :-)

  4. You gave some pretty good advice Anna. Nanowrimo is a great way to get your story on paper.

  5. It really helps me push and get it done. :-)