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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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It’s perfect book reading weather


It’s perfect book reading weather

The days are getting chilly and if you’re in south east Queensland at the moment it’s raining too.  It’s time to rug up, with Ugg-boot-footed feet, a warm cuppa and a good book. I prefer to read novels with warm, exotic themes in the colder months. There’s nothing better than being swept off to an exotic beach location (even if it’s only in a story).

Zanzibar
This is Zanzibar. Isn’t it beautiful? Wouldn’t you like to go there, even if it’s only in a story?

The Zanzibar Moon is the perfect winter read. You’ll forget it’s even cold when you imagine the white sands, blue skies, ancient dhows and turquoise waters.

If you also yearn for an erotic romance with a sense of adventure; an utterly sexy guy whose best friend is a wild cheetah, it certainly ticks that box. Did I mention he also has an adorable heart-melting son?

You may want a story that’s not just a romance, but also has an interesting story line. What if it’s filled with family ties, unique quirky characters, intoxicating landscapes, Arabian Knights type magic, Swahili, multi-culture, awesome wildlife, tear-jerking moments and set in a magical setting? Ticking more boxes?

Well, what are you waiting for? Grab your copy of The Zanzibar Moon . As you read you’ll be transported to a beautiful world, where magic happens.

The Zanzibar Moon and Wildernis Cafe Bar Palm Beach.
Me, Michelle and Karen at Wildernis Cafe Bar, Palm Beach, Queensland.

The Zanzibar Moon out and about

I recently caught up with my sister, niece and an old friend and her partner for breakfast. We took the opportunity to take photos at Wildernis Cafe Bar,  with us holding  The Zanzibar Moon  in front of their magnificent artwork. It was a wonderful way to share my story in a lovely venue, that I highly recommend. Beautiful fit-out, nice views, ambiance and delicious reasonably priced food. It’s a special place to dine.

And if Zanzibar looks like a place you’d like to visit go to Tanzanian Tourism, or see what Check You In Travel and Tours can recommend to you about travelling from Australia to Zanzibar.

The paperback or ebook of The Zanzibar Moon are available for review. If you are in the media and would like a copy please go to the contact page.