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Is there a Poet in you?

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For me, poetry only used to be something that I analysed in school. It was a task for the elite which had difficult rules and techniques and, when completed, was always something of a masterpiece. However, after going to university and being introduced to a group of people with a different perspective, these ideas changed. Although poetry was not accessible …

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Inspirational Fictional Characters

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If you’re an avid book reader, I’m sure it’s difficult to think of your most favourite fictional character. However, when asked this question, maybe a few come to mind or maybe you do really have one that jumps out at you. However, I’m sure you can choose one that you treasure dearly. Who are they and why are they so …

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A visit to the Globe…

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I recently visited Shakespeare’s Globe in London to see Hamlet with my sister and was surprised at how much both the original text and the production had been adapted for an audience of 2018! This sparked a debate between my sister and I on the (very hot) tube on our way home; is this tweaking and adapting of Shakespeare for …

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Cats and Writers

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I’ve recently found that there is a link between authors/bookworms and cats. For example, some of the most famous writers have frequently stated their love and appreciation for their feline friends and also an analysis of these beautiful creatures. Charles Dickens asked, “what greater gift than the love of a cat?” and Robert A. Heinlein interestingly suggested that, “Women and …

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Anyone Can Cook – Anyone Can Write!

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In Pixar’s Ratatouille, Chef Gusteau suggests an important message; “Anyone Can Cook.” The chef encourages a little rat, Remy, to pursue his dreams and become a chef despite doubt from his family and friends (and of course the fact that he is a rat!). So, in the same way, I think this can be applied to writing. Maybe you’re not writing …

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Step One to Writing a Book

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So, it’s your year 2017. You are going to be a published author. You know what you want to write about, you are ready to put fingers to keypad, or pen to paper. It’s tempting to start writing, but wait, you must first create a basic outline and story map that will help you lay the foundations for your book …

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What do Editors and Publishers Want?

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Fresh. Marketable and Memorable. That’s what! So You Have a First Draft, where to now? Once you have a great story line, a powerful beginning, a middle that doesn’t sag and a brilliant ending, Gussin said, it’s time to tackle the 5 Reread Program—in which you reread your manuscript five separate times. Tick. OK, you’ve read your manuscript 5 times …

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On Keeping A Writer’s Journal

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Many famous writers have kept journals, for many, it is a creative necessity, for others, a place for exploration, and for some an art form in and of itself. Keeping a journal is one of the best tools to practice trusting your writing and to make sure you keep writing. You can keep a journal in a notebook, or on …

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JOIN A WRITING COMMUNITY

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Finding a helpful writing group can sometimes feel as difficult as the messy middle of your book you are navigating your way through. But the rewards for finding a group are many. A writing group can help point out inconsistencies in your work, provide encouragement, ask questions and hold you accountable to your writing goals. When we belong to a supportive …

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How to Create a Table of Contents

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As a writer, you want to approach your Table of Contents as you would in the story mapping process of your book. Creating your Table of Contents offers you inspiration and gives your ideas shape. There are authors who never outline at all. They just sit down and write. But then they usually rewrite the whole book again afterwards. Instead …