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3 (More) ‘Must-Have’ Books for Writers

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Good morning wonderful writers.

December is upon us! I hope it is a great month for you all.

Around this time last year I shared a list of three ‘must-have’ books for writers. And this year, with Christmas looming on the horizon, it seemed  a good time to share three more! Take a peek:

1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert

I saw loads of writers raving about this book this year, and so I had to pick it up. And like those writers who raved about it, I recommend it too! This book is a true account of Gilbert’s creative life, her experiences and her passion. She speaks in real, honest terms about the struggles of being creative, and allowing yourself to live that way. It’s a fascinating insight, but also full of great advice for writers and creatives at all stages of their creative…

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Culture N Lifestyle | CNL — 33 Unusual Tips to Being a Better Writer

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Writers: Be Micro-Ambitious

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Morning writers! I hope you have all had a successful week and are seeing in February with excitement!

Today, I’d like to share with you a quote, from the wonderful Tim Minchin’s ‘Occasional Address’ . It’s a glorious speech with ‘9 Life Lessons’ and I fully recommend giving the whole thing a read or listen. For now though, feast your eyes on this:

“…I advocate passionate dedication to the pursuit of short-term goals. Be micro-ambitious. Put your head down and work with pride on whatever is in front of you… you never know where you might end up.

Just be aware that the next worthy pursuit will probably appear in your periphery. Which is why you should be careful of long-term dreams. If you focus too far in front of you, you won’t see the shiny thing out the corner of your eye. Right?” – Tim Minchin

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Free, Personal, Premium or Business? – Choosing the right WordPress Plan

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A lot of people have been commenting lately asking for advice on which plan they should choose. I recently upgraded to the Personal plan and so I have some insight to offer which is why I decided to make a post out of it. I hope it answers all of your questions.

Whether you’re just starting off on WordPress for a creative platform, or an online journal or a business there is indeed a perfect plan for each of you which was tailored to your needs.

Who should go for the Free Plan?

If you’re not already on WordPress, or if you’re simply here to experiment and understand how WordPress works. The Free plan is the one for you. You get a decent subdomain which looks like this,

“Yourblogname.wordpress.com”

It’s good enough for anyone at the beginning. And as free things tend to be, it doesn’t come with many…

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How to Achieve your 2018 Writing Goals

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2018 is upon us and I’m sure most of us are aiming high for a successful year of writing. Whatever stage you’re at as a writer; plotting, first drafts, editing or submitting, there are always goals to be set and targets to reach.

I have set myself some goals this year, including finishing all edits of my novel (of which I am on the second draft) and plotting out the next one in time to do NaNoWriMo in November. To help you (and myself!) I have listed some tips for achieving your 2018 writing goals. I hope they help!

1. Aim High
There’s a wonderful, famous quote by Norman Vincent Peale that insists; “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
I love this quote and think it is totally true for all life goals. If you aim high, even if you don’t achieve your…

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Novel Writing: The Second Draft

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Morning writers!

A couple of months ago now I delighted in completing the first draft of my novel. It was an overwhelming feeling in may ways, and I have since been working on my second draft.

We all know Hemingway’s famous quote: “The first draft of anything is shit.” I love that quote, but one I adore even more than that is from Shannon Hale. “I’m writing a first draft and reminding myself that I’m simply shoveling sand into a box so that later I can build castles.”

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My first draft definitely involved a lot of shoveling, and I am now trying to build my sandcastle. This is my first time attempting a second draft of a full length novel, and I am only around 10,000 words in. However, I’ve already learned a lot and I wanted to share these points with you.

1. Second drafts add layers to the…

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Finding Inspiration in Creative Hobbies

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Writers are an incredibly unique species with the remarkable ability to find a story in every place, everyone and everything. I truly believe that writers, and all creatives, truly see the world in a different light. One that is more brilliant, more beautiful and sometimes more brutal. But it’s this view that gives us our power with words and so today’s blog post focuses on how we can find inspiration in our other creative hobbies and passions.

  1. Reading
    Stating the obvious to begin with, but reading is profoundly important when it comes to being a good writer. In fact one of Mr. Stephen King’s most famous writing quotes states that “if you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” He’s not wrong. Reading teaches you the art of good story telling, structure, plot devices and so much…

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