Blog Tour: One, Two, Three by Elodie Nowodazkij {Guest Post + Giveaway}

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Five Best Things I Learned While Writing One, Two, Three
by Elodie Nowodazkij

1. I can do it. I really can do it.
I drafted One, Two, Three in a few months, thanks to the daily encouragement of my CP, Jaime. We used to exchange chapters as we went and that definitely helped.

It is not the first book I wrote, but the first one is not ready to be published. It needs a major overhaul. One, Two, Three went through several rounds of revision. SEVERAL. And very difficult ones with my editors too, but I DID IT. 

2. It really does take a village
One, Two, Three wouldn’t be where it is today without the help and support of so many people. While writing my acknowledgements, I again remembered how grateful I am for everyone who’s been there for me (knowingly or not).

There are several writing stages, but in each and every single one of them, I wasn’t alone.

3. I believe in myself and in this dream of mine (and I have the support of my hubby J)
Along the path of writing One, Two, Three, I realized that this—this crazy adventure and hard work and drafting stories and revising them to no end—is what I want to do.

4. I can trust my instincts
There was a part of One, Two, Three that I wasn’t so sure about (totally changed in the published version), and there was something about a plot line that didn’t sit completely well with me. If I had listened to my instincts and to the voice inside my head earlier, I may have avoided one revision round J But I learned that trusting my instincts is very important. 

5. Taking breaks from times to times is okay.
There are of course the breaks one should take between drafting and revising (which I also learned this time around), but I am talking about breaks in general, like going for a walk instead of writing, taking pictures, spending time with my family without worrying (or trying not to worry) about what I have to do. They definitely recharge my creativity. And they’re important for life in general.
One, Two, Three
Elodie Nowodazkij
Published: June 26, 2014
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
When seventeen-year-old Natalya’s dreams of being a ballerina are killed in a car accident along with her father, she must choose: shut down—like her mother—or open up to love. 

Last year,seventeen-year-old Natalya Pushkaya was attending the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Last year, she was well on her way to becoming a professional ballerina. Last year, her father was still alive.

But a car crash changed all that—and Natalya can’t stop blaming herself. Now, she goes to a regular high school in New Jersey; lives with her onetime prima ballerina, now alcoholic mother; and has no hope of a dance career.

At her new school, however, sexy soccer player Antonio sees a brighter future for Natalya, or at least a more pleasant present. Keeping him an arabesque away proves to be a challenge for Natalya and his patient charms eventually draw her out of her shell. 

When upsetting secrets come to light and Tonio’s own problems draw her in, Natalya shuts down again, this time turning to alcohol herself.

Can Natalya learn to trust Antonio before she loses him—and destroys herself?
 
 
About the Author

Elodie Nowodazkij was raised in a tiny village in France, where she could always be found a book in hand. At nineteen, she moved to the US, where she learned she'd never lose her French accent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Modern Language & Linguistics, and later earned master's degrees in German Cultural Studies and European Studies. Unbeknownst to her professors, she sometimes drafted stories in class. Now she lives in Germany with her husband and their cat (who doesn't seem to realize he's not human), and uses her commuting time to write the stories swirling in her head. She's also a serial smiley user.

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7 comments:

  1. "I can do it" is the best advice to give yourself! And taking breaks is something I struggle with my own job, too. I'm not a workaholic but I hate to leave things undone and emails unanswered >.<

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  2. That is definitely awesome advice! Particularly believing in yourself. Writing is HARD. ^-^ I hadn't heard of this book until now, but it sounds really awesome.

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  3. Very smart words to live by.. thank you for the chance to win.

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  4. I love the words that It does take a village. In this life, I think it takes a village for many, many things.

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  5. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  6. Cool book, thanks for sharing! :)

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