Wednesday 2 March 2016

Blog Tour: A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

Title: A Gathering of Shadows
Author: V.E. Schwab
Published: 23rd February 2016
Publisher: Titan Books

Happy Wednesday all! Today I am absolutely thrilled to be part of the blog tour for A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. She is sharing her tips on how to get in the 'Write Frame of Mind' and I have TWO copies to give away. More details at the end of this post! Don't forget to check out the other awesome stops on the tour.

Ways to get in the write frame of mind (how to get settled and start writing)

1. Brew a fresh cup of tea…make it a pot.

2. Have blank paper on hand for taking notes while working. 

3. Set work-time parameters. 

4. Set achievable goals. If you average 500 words a day, don’t set a goal of 5,000. 

5. Rinse. Repeat. Sit down to work for your chosen amount of time, then give yourself 5, 10, 15 minutes off, and go again. I’m not actually a fast writer, but I am a repetitive one. I work in installments of time several times a day.  

6. Give yourself rewards. Whatever works for you—I like using episodes of TV shows. 1,000 words and I get to watch an episode. This keeps me from bingeing on a show (most of the time) and helps me reach my goal posts on the book. 

7. Pick the right playlist. I use music to get me in the writing mood, with different songs assigned to characters or scenes. But when I actually WRITE, I prefer classical, soundtrack, or even wonderful white noise/rain/wind, like you can make through 

8. Minimize distractions. Those who know me are probably laughing at this one, because I’m the queen of distractions. But do as I say, not as I do!

To be in a chance of winning 1 of 2 copies of A Gathering of Shadows. Enter via Rafflecopter below. UK and Ireland Only, ends 9.3.16.


  1. Hi Laura, What great prizes you have on offer. This is such an amazing book series and i would love to win book two. The cover on its own is so gorgeous.
    thanks for the giveaway.
    Gill @book_magpie

  2. I'd love to win this as I think it would introduce me to a writer I haven't encountered before and help me broaden my reading horizons. Thanks for the chance to enter x