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Write to Reveal What’s Hidden

Write to Reveal What’s Hidden

I’m honestly the last person who should be advising anyone on the subject of how to write. I’m not good at keeping routines, I’m a perfectionist to a fault and I can spend hours on end looking at a blank page, finding any excuse not to write and indulging any distraction that keeps me away from the work.

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Why I Don’t Enter Writing Competitions

Why I Don't Enter Writing Competitions

I don’t enter writing competitions because as an Author, I’m too busy writing. Now that I summed up the “why” for you, let me explain further. There was a day when bushy hair and a few extra pounds made me feel like the ugliest of all the ducklings.

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6 Tips on the Process of Writing

6 Tips on the Process of Writing

Pick up the pen and start the ‘book’ by jotting down topics that are burning within: let them spill out. Meanwhile, simultaneously your mind might be juggling titles for your book, “Love in the dark”, nah, “Mountains to climb” perhaps, and so it will continue until you start the process of writing.

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WELCOME To the World of Books

WELCOME To the World of Books

These empty shelves are waiting to be filled by your inspiring books. “Where do I start”? You might say. Start at the beginning of course, a very good place to start. Find a quiet place; shut the door, close your eyes and take deep breathes — in and out. Still your mind and then sit back and let the ideas flow. It is amazing how thoughts pour into a quiet head.

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Write Sober, Edit Sober

Write Sober, Edit Sober

A quote often misattributed to Ernest Hemingway was actually spoken by author Peter De Vries (1910-1993) who said, “Write drunk, edit sober.” This is not sage advice and I don’t recommend attempting to follow it, unless you deem yourself somewhat of a fraud.

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Choosing the Right Names for Your Characters is Crucial

Choosing the Right Names for Your Characters is Crucial

Imagine if Margaret Mitchell had named her famous character “Eugene Butler”. Again, we, as readers, would not have been privy to the author’s thought process nor to the fact that “Rhett” was even a possible moniker. We would have forever known the handsome, devilish rogue as “Eugene” but, frankly, we are all silently thanking Miss Mitchell for ultimately choosing Rhett as his name.

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The key to getting it done is believing in yourself

The key to getting it done is believing in yourself

As I sat on my couch one day, I began thinking… Why? Why do we exist? Why were we created? Why does the universe expand? Why do we not know what God looks like? As I pondered upon what the answers could be I saw a TV commercial, and as it played out I knew what I had to do – I had to tell the world this story.

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SIMPLIFY

SIMPLIFY

A challenge for new writers is that in this social media age, too much writing advice is available. Twitter in particular teems with authors on a spectrum of experience tweeting advice, it seems to me, meant mostly to draw attention to their books. Such guidance is usually trite, offers little real assistance to writers and ironically sells few books.

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Why the Key to Good Writing is Confidence

Why the Key to Good Writing is Confidence

We’ve all been there. English class 101 where the teacher drones on and on about “i” before ‘e” except after ‘c”. Where the spelling lesson has now become redundant thanks to spell check. Where the difference between a noun and pronoun has you scratching your head. Where you are asked to take everything you’ve learned thus far, given a general story line and are asked to write a short story.

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