Ten Things I’ve Learned by Becoming an Author

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Life is too short to not learn something from every experience we have.

My writing journey began more than six years before I self-published my first novel, with an idea for a narrative that was conceived in the wee hours of the morning while I nursed my infant son. Under the heavy influence of minimal sleep, and the works of authors such as Stephanie Meyer, Elizabeth Brundage, and Jodi Picoult, the idea grew as my life unfolded, twisted, and turned – rich with experiences that shaped a fluid perspective on life and relationships. The complete story of Sara’s gripping love triangle emerged, and an author was born.

When I started writing, I quickly realized that doing so would be a process – one that would take me through varying degrees of both pride and self-doubt; one that would by nature force me to learn about the art and dynamics of writing, and about myself; and one that would take years, a lifetime, to master. Here are some of the things I learned during that process:

1. Writing fiction is therapeutic.

2. Writing about relationships, love, and sex will garner some interesting search queries.

3. Candid advice offered by seasoned authors is gold – listen to, and respect every word. Good beta-readers are equally invaluable.

4. Time passes with great speed when the creative juices are flowing – it seems like there’s never enough time to write it all!

5. Writing can be one of the most complicated forms of self-expression, heavily influenced by personal experience. Publishing invites the world into your story. Be ready to be judged by it. Embrace the positive reviews, and learn from the not-so-positive ones.

6. Proofread, revise, and then when you think you have a final draft, put it away for at least a week. Repeat two dozen times.

7. If the story is worth writing at all, take the time to write it well. Don’t rush to publish.

8. Did I mention that writing is a process?

9. Acknowledge those that helped along the way.

10. There is always more that I can learn.

Praise for What Sara Said

Nearly two months ago, we celebrated the official release of What Sara Said! Since then, hundreds of readers from around the globe have immersed themselves into Sara’s twisted story of love and heartache. Hear why reviewers are giving M.L. Carrington’s debut novel FIVE STARS, and then grab a copy of What Sara Said to experience the story for yourself!

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M. L. Carrington is a new and powerful voice in the fiction world and she is making some noise with her novel, What Sara Said… Dark, riveting and well-written…  
Dianne, Tome Tender Book Blog   fivestars

 

There is plenty of drama, angst, and moments which had me biting my nails… And that ending…My goodness, that ending!!! I can’t wait to read the next book… 
Kara, Give Me Books Blog   fourandhalf stars

The author portrays the characters extremely well; you know them, you care about them… I am sure that anyone reading this story will be able to relate, whether or not they have ever had a similar experience.

This is a debut novel that shows M.L. Carrington talent. Her books will be on my “to be read” list. I am already looking forward to the next story.
Book Reviews by Jill Corley    fivestars

If you enjoy an easy read that holds your attention while also keeping you in suspense, ‘What Sara Said’ makes for a most enjoyable and enticing story. At the same time, this emotionally driven experience will grab your heart, sometimes challenging the relationship between your conscience and your libido.
Amazon customer   fivestars

 

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Launch Day!

A gigantic, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to my family, friends, editor and What Sara Said ebook cover_SCOTT RGBbeta readers for all of the love and support you provided to me! Without you, my dream of self-publishing this story would not have come to fruition.

What Sara Said is available now on Amazon in paperback and e-book!

Release Date Announced

More than six years ago, I spent countless tired hours nursing my son while gently rocking back and forth in the glider rocker in his nursery. It was in those hours that I immersed myself in stories that, coupled with the events of the world I was living in, inspired me to write What Sara Said. The plot for this story started as the spark of an idea which grew as my life unfolded, twisted, and turned, rich with experiences that shaped a fluid perspective on life and relationships, until a complete story had emerged.

WSS_release date photoHaving undergone dozens of revisions and life-related interruptions in the writing process, What Sara Said evolved slowly over time. Writing this story truly has been a labor of love for me, which is why it is with great excitement that I share with you its official release date! I invite you to immerse yourself in an emotional love story that moves us to challenge the existence of soul mates and the perception of a defined destiny. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, What Sara Said will be available on Amazon – February 9!

 

Hello, Autumn

As the leaves begin to dot the hillsides and mountaintops with brilliant color in Upstate NY, I’m reminded of this excerpt from What Sara Said:

The setting sun cast brilliant hues of pink and purple through the west-facing window of Jude’s office onto Sara’s neck and face as she shifted in her seat and released her hands from his. Outside, the leaves of maples and poplars had already completed their annual transformation into an array of vivid colors, which now blanketed the ground.

“No… I mean, yes. You’re right. We… we shouldn’t,” Sara rambled on, suddenly aware of the time. “I’m sorry. This isn’t a good idea. I shouldn’t be here now,” she continued as she picked up her things and walked toward the door.

“Sara, I’m sorry,” Jude apologized, “I, umm… guess I’ll see you at work then?”

“Yeah, see ya,” Sara hesitated before she stepped out of his office and closed the door behind her.

Feeling embarrassed about her abrupt exit and uneasy about the intimacy she shared with Jude, Sara hurried down the hallway. When she reached the elevator Sara pushed the button several times, hoping that the elevator doors would open quickly allowing her to remove herself from the situation she’d involved herself in that left her feeling guilt-ridden. Chaotic thoughts streamed through her head. And the familiar feeling of heartache grew within her as the cool air outside chilled her body while she walked several feet toward her car.

Jude peered through the window and watched as Sara entered her car and drove away. Rather quickly, Jude felt very empty and alone. When Sara drove off she took the warmth and comfort he’d had with her. The desire to be with her raged stronger now than ever and he became keenly aware that he was capable of pure and complete hypocrisy.