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Jill Williamson

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Jill Williamson is an award-winning fantasy and science fiction author of over twenty books including By Darkness Hid, which won several awards and was named a Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror novel by VOYA magazine. She has also written several books on the craft of writing and teaches at www.GoTeenWriters.com, one of Writer’s Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.”

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Jill Williamson Write, write, write. Make yourself finish a book. Many new writers tend to get stuck for years writing that first book. But a writer learns so much by…moreWrite, write, write. Make yourself finish a book. Many new writers tend to get stuck for years writing that first book. But a writer learns so much by completing a story and going back and rewriting it. So, train yourself to be a writer by doing the hard work of completing a full manuscript. Then go back and rewrite it. And when you’re done, put it down and write another book. Then write another. Then another.

Also, read, read, read. When you read, study what the author did. Look at their dialogue, action, punctuation, characters, plot, everything. Learn all you can. It will help you be a better writer and storyteller.

And try not to be impatient. Work on making each book the best it can be. When you finish a book, send it out. While you’re waiting to hear back, write another one. I wrote six novels before my first book was published. I’ve heard the same from many authors. So write! But enjoy it. Try to have fun.

One of my favorite writing quotes is from Michael Crichton. He said, “Books aren't written—they're rewritten. Including your own. It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn't quite done it.” It’s so true.
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Jill Williamson Sorry I missed seeing this question until now, Cara. I used to say "Yes!" because I was planning to write a new Achan and Vrell story. But I've never …moreSorry I missed seeing this question until now, Cara. I used to say "Yes!" because I was planning to write a new Achan and Vrell story. But I've never found the time, and as the years have passed, I'm not sure it is such a good idea. People (fans, especially) are often frustrated with new additions to beloved series. I'm afraid I would disappoint more people than I would please. I'm not completely set against the idea, but right now I'm enjoying writing new stories and just don't have the time. I'm glad you love Vrell, though. Thank you for reading my books! <3 ~Jill(less)
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Magic Hunters: The Journey Begins is now available!

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Just a quick post to let you know that Magic Hunters: The Journey Begins is now available in ebook, paperback, and hardcover. It's also available in Kindle Unlimited, for those of you who are subscribers. This means the ebook is not currently available for on Nook, Kobo, or iBooks. Part of the reason for that is because Magic Hunters is still part of the Ki Read more of this blog post »
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Jill Williamson Thank you, Sally! :-)

Sally wrote: "Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Jill!
Blessings, Sally"



message 16: by Jill

Jill Williamson You're welcome, Kara! :-)


message 15: by Sally

Sally Chambers Thanks for your Goodreads friendship, Jill!
Blessings, Sally


message 14: by Kara

Kara Thanks for adding me, Jill! Happy reading and blessings to you :)


message 13: by Jill

Jill Williamson I love it, Connie. Thanks so much for entering. :-)
I'm having a great time seeing all these pictures.


message 12: by Connie

Connie Wolters You're very welcome! I just entered your scavenger hunt contest, very cool idea! It was a fun experience, especially since I didn't have anything that remotely resembled one of the items, so I had to, uh, be creative. And being the only one to take the photo, well, I didn't get it all on the first try. I hope you like the photo I sent in, though!

Jill wrote: "Hi, Connie! Nice to meet you.
Thanks for the kind words about By Darkness Hid. :-)


Connie wrote: "Oh my goodness! I totally just put 2 and 2 together and realized you're the author of By Darknes..."



message 11: by Jill

Jill Williamson Hi, Connie! Nice to meet you.
Thanks for the kind words about By Darkness Hid. :-)


Connie wrote: "Oh my goodness! I totally just put 2 and 2 together and realized you're the author of By Darkness Hid!!!! I LOVE THAT BOOK! It's been so long since I read it, I didn't even think anything of it ..."


message 10: by Connie

Connie Wolters Oh my goodness! I totally just put 2 and 2 together and realized you're the author of By Darkness Hid!!!! I LOVE THAT BOOK! It's been so long since I read it, I didn't even think anything of it till I was scanning Chris Kolmorgen's blog.

I've been wanting to get my hands on the rest of the series for a while, but sadly, I haven't been able to. But I definitely plan on it!

Anyway, thought I'd say "Hi" :)


message 9: by Sarah

Sarah Thanks for the add!


Savannah Jill, thank you for the friendship.
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message 7: by John

John Hileman Your covers are amazing. Thanks for the friendship!

John


message 6: by Jill

Jill Williamson I'm great, Caleb. How are you?


message 5: by Caleb

Caleb Holman hey how are you?


message 3: by Sam

Sam Thanks Jill for accepting my friendship invitation. Have a great weekend.


message 2: by Jill

Jill Williamson You're welcome!


Jeannie Faulkner Barber Hey Jill - thanks for the friendship!
Hugs,
Jeannie


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