A day with a favourite author #BlogchatterBlogHop

When I did not understand the process of writing – or what a muse was, I remember thinking if I ever met one of my favourite authors, I would ask them where they got their ideas from. What inspired them and how the hell they wrote and created this tapestry only by using words and putting one word in front of the next.

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Show don’t tell – thoughts on the writing aXiom

I think one of my favouritest rules of writing – which has made the most sense to me – is show don’t tell. It took me the longest time to figure out what it meant though. It is the difference between saying He was scared and His throat was parched, his armpits were soaked in sweat and his legs were shaking. It is the difference between saying She ran across the street and She weaved through the running traffic, as she tried to keep an eye on her quarry while simultaneously avoiding being hit by a car.

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Do you really need a writing style?

The first time it occurred to me that I had a “unique” writing style was when someone reviewing my ebook called it “peculiar.” It didn’t sound too bad so I forgot about it. Which basically means I whined about it to a friend because I was too afraid to ask the reviewer for an explanation.

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Veni vidi vici

I had a short story written for today. It was clever but I found I couldn’t abide my own writing. It may have been clever but it definitely wasn’t coherent. I tried rewriting it, I tried to salvage it, I tried to completely write another tale where I could use the phrase veni vidi vici and make it mean something but none of my attempts were successful.

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What it means to be a successful writer?

When I first started writing, the only goal I had was to become a published author. Not just a published author but a best-selling author. The dream was very clear and when I finished my first manuscript, all polished and ready to be sent off to make me the next best thing, I was convinced that this was it. My golden ticket. Even though I had been warned that the hard part of writing begins after writing, even though I knew that publishing is as much about a good piece of work as it is about luck, timing and place, I was hopeful and gleeful.

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I, Me, Myself

Even after 4 years of blogging and being a marketer, the person I cannot market is myself. So I thought I’d write about the Blogging Commandment: Thou shalt promote thyself. Consequently, this post is only going to be about me.

Or more accurately, about the 2 ebooks that I have on KDP.

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