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Writing: Ways to Learn the Craft

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Writing is a skill, and like all skills it cane be learned and honed. Some people have a natural talent and flare for certain things, others have to try a little harder. Wherever you stand, if you love writing you should write. And if you’d like to improve and grow there are plenty of ways to do so.

1. Write
Let’s start with the simple and most effective answer. Write. You learn as you do, and you improve as you do. As with all skills, you will get better with practice and perseverance.
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2. Read Fiction
If you’re writing fiction, you’ll learn a great deal about what you like/don’t like by reading fiction. You’ll get a sense of what works and what doesn’t. And if you’re going to tell stories, it’s important to get used to the way stories are shaped. (This can also be done by…

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Synopsis Writing: A Step By Step Method

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Morning writers, I hope you’ve had a lovely week.

A couple of weeks ago I started writing a synopsis based on the early draft of my second novel. Like many writers, I find synopsis writing tedious, difficult and frustrating. However, they are a necessary evil, published or unpublished.

The method I ended up using this time round actually made the process much easier, and I did it in steps. Please note this is by no means a tried and tested method, with no guarantee that it’ll work for you. But it worked well for me, so I thought I’d share. If you have any synopsis writing tips of your own please pop them in the comments below, as I’m always keen on new ideas and advice.

1. Write a bullet list of key points
In this first step it’s important not to think too hard. Write a list of the…

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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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