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Ten tips from this writer’s life


Ten tips from this writer’s life

I was speaking to a lady about The Zanzibar Moon and she thought it was the only thing I’d written. I explained that I’d been published, in collaborative books, magazines, newspapers, journals and websites.  See my Clips. I have had a long freelance career as a writer and am always writing something.

She said, “I respect anyone who can write a whole book, but what compels you want to do it?”

To me the answer is easy. “My love of writing makes me write. It’s a compulsion I’ve had since primary school. I am happiest when working at my craft.”

“But how do you organise it and go about it? To someone who doesn’t write it seems like a daunting thing to take on.”

Writer holding pink flowers
Writers notice things and write them in notebooks for future stories. The smell, look, feel and sound.

Here are my ten tips from my writing life for those who are considering embarking on a writing life.

Ten tips to become a writer

  1. Write something every day (even if it’s just a list of the articles, short stories or novels you want to write)
  2. Set aside writing time (mine is before work, at lunchtime, after work and weekends) Yes, I have a full-time job and did publish a book. You can too.
  3. Plan your time. If you need to complete a 20,000 word writing project in three months. That’s 6,666 words per month or 1,666 per week, or 238 words per day seven days a week.
  4. Tell family and friends when you are writing, so there will be no distractions. (I’m one of the lucky few who can work with distractions, but most writers like peace and quiet).
  5. Read writing references. I’m continually learning about being a better writer. You do not know it all. There is always something to learn, be it about structure, editing, plotting, character development, dialogue, research or publishing.
  6. Love your characters. If your enamoured by your characters you’ll keep wanting to visit them. I loved mine so much in The Zanzibar Moon that I’ve brought them back in a prequel and plan two sequels.
  7. Create a writer website. Make it real. Let everyone know you are a writer. Yes, you are. Don’t doubt it.
  8. Set aside a writing zone. Writers dream of the perfect study with a fancy desk, shelves full of books, the latest computer, inspirational paintings, writing awards and a reading nook. We can’t all have that. You may have to write at the dining table, coffee table, bedroom corner, local café, your library or somewhere else. Anywhere, as long as you know it’s your writing zone and you’re about to get to work at writing.
  9. Keep a notebook with you always. You never know where you’ll find your inspiration. I get mine late at night, walking along the beach, hanging the washing, running the dog and washing the dishes. I’m always thinking up stories, characters and ideas in my head. “What if?”
  10. Never lose your imagination. “Imagine if?”

Good luck and get writing. If you need any advice please comment below. I’m always happy to support other writers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Warm Witty Words blog posts


Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Queensland
I love walking the beautiful bottom walking track towards Tallebudgera Creek entrance.

A look back at Warm Witty Words blog posts

This blog has run (in one form or other) since mid 2010. This year two weeks before the launch of The Zanzibar Moon the blog will turn 7 years old. Looking back on some old posts has seen a progression in the things I write about. I try to keep the writing interesting and not about me the writer, but rather about subjects that may interest my readers. Here’s a recap of some posts from the last seven years.

  1. Inspiration comes in many forms
  2. A day in the writing life of a book marketing publicist
  3. Summer Bliss
  4. Kicking off fitness workout
  5. My 12 favourite things about being a writer
  6. Finally relaxing on the Sunshine Coast
  7. Top 10 tips to stay in shape after fifty
  8. Running for a cause Get on Board
  9. I now have a website and I’m guest blogging
  10. Week one writing goals (this is a flash back to 2015 and my original The Zanzibar Moon idea as Finding My Tarzan).

If you have any suggestions about what you would like me to write about just comment below. It could be; menopause, health and fitness, writing books, self publishing, book marketing, volunteering, gratitude or anything else that interests women. Thanks again for reading.