Thursday – Writing Tips Day



Thursday – Writing Tips Day

January 21st, 2016

   We all want someone else to read our story to check it over whether it be editor or first reader before editor. We want to make sure it’s as good as we hope it is. And it can be scary to hand it over.

 

    Before you do, pretend you are that other person. Or imagine yourself as your harshest critic. How would he sit? Act? Sit the way he does, be him and read your story. Imagine you’ve never seen the story before and you have 100 other stories to read before the day is finished. Then edit  your story. You’ll pick up things you wouldn’t have noticed before and raise the standard of your story.

 

  This is fun. Give it a go.

 

  Happy Thursday! Liane x

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Wednesday – Help Yourself Day

January 20th, 2016

For those of you who’ve read The Chronicles of Joya, you know that Darcy Maya is a doer. We can all delay or avoid doing something that seems like an effort, or scares us.

 

Just for today, pick one thing you’ve been putting off and just go for it. Get it done. You’ll have more energy, a sense of acheivement and be just like that head of the Switcher team on Joya! I’m going to do it myself. Let’s go for it.

 

Happy doing! Liane x

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Tuesday – Creative Thoughts and Ideas Day

January 19th, 2016

   Hey, guys, Freddie’s in the house. Ready to get those creative juices flowing?

 

   You pick up a white guitar. You press down one of the strings and play a note. You play another. You’re amazed. You’re fingers are playing something you’ve never heard, something you never thought you could play. Your fingers fly up and down the guitar until …

 

   What? Over to you, guys. Happy Tuesday! Freddie xx

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Thursday – Writing Tips Day

October 8th, 2015

   Today is a tip on what to do when you have finished your writing. This is for those of you who are interested in getting a publisher or agent.

  Check out the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook. It lists all agents and publishers, tells you what genres they’re looking for, who to contact and how they like to receive submissions. Some like a query letter first, many like query letter with one page synopsis and first three chapters. Check before you send!

   Check the agent/pubisher’s website to make sure you’re sending the manuscript how they want it.

 

   Don’t use paperclips or staples. Make sure your manuscript is double spaced with a title page.

 

   Search the internet for how to write a submission letter and synopsis to get tips on how to make them the most professional. If you don’t seem professional from your letter, they aren’t likely to read the first few chapters of your book. Lots of people have been through this anguish. Take their knowledge with open arms.

   Before you send your manuscript off, think about hiring an editor to look at your work. Agents and publishers receive hundreds of submissions. Make sure yours is the best it can be.

 

   Happy Thursday and happy writing! Liane x

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Wednesday – Help Yourself Day

October 7th, 2015

   Wednesday can be a tricky day for some of us. It’s halfway to the weekend and sometimes not close enough. If you look at Teal or Malcolm in THE CHRONICLES OF JOYA, they’re always happy and having fun. Every day to them is a great day.

 

   Spend today believing it’s Friday or Saturday or whatever your favourite day is. Feel how different you feel. Notice how much more you smile, how much easier it is to do things.

 

   Happy Wednesday! Liane x

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Tuesday – Creative Flow and Ideas Day

October 6th, 2015

 

   Hey, guys. Freddie’s in the house. Ready to get some creative juices flowing?

 

   You pour some muesli into a bowl. You add the milk and grab a spoon. You sit down, lift the spoon and stop. The muesli begins to hiss. You lower your head to listen. A piece of dried banana jumps up and smacks you in the eye. A sultana explodes midair.

 

   What happens next? Over to you, guys. Happy Tuesday! Freddie xx

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Thursday – Writing Tips Day

June 25th, 2015

   Write a scene with only sound and touch to describe things. Close your eyes for a few minutes and touch your keyboard, desk, chair. How do they feel under your fingers? How would you describe that on paper so we feel it and sense it as we read what you’ve written?

 

   In THE CHRONICLES OF JOYA Teal’s instinct alerts her to the eagle before he lunges for her. What would you hear and sense before you saw something?

 

   Happy Writing! Liane x

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Wednesday – Help Yourself Day

June 24th, 2015

 

      I love a quote I received from Michael Neill.

 

  “There is no stress in life – there is only stress in our thinking.”

 

If it helps you, grab it and live by it. If it doesn’t, find a quote that brightens your day or inspires you and remind yourself of it every morning when you wake up. Happy Wednesday! Liane x

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Tuesday – Creative Writing Day

June 23rd, 2015

   Yo, guys. Freddie’s in the house.

 

   You arrive at a party and you’ve had nothing to eat all day. Your stomach rumbles. You head over to the food. There’s a crowd and you can’t see anything but the smells are awesome.

 

   Everyone in front of you gasps. A few plates smash on the floor. You go up on your toes but can’t see over all the heads. You use your hands to push two people apart. Your mouth drops open.

 

   What’s happened? Over to you guys. Happy Monday! Freddie xx

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Thursday – Writing Tips Day

June 5th, 2015

 

   Today let’s look at rhythm in the words. Whether you’re writing a song, a poem or a story, the rhythm of the words can make the difference between gripping the audience or just telling them something you want to say.

   The best way to ensure your words have a good rhythm is to record them and listen. What sounds stilted or false? You’re looking for natural. Didn’t often sounds better than did not and the word that  is vastly overused. Write a few sentences and record them and see what you can tweak, delete and rearrange to enhance the rhythm of the story you’re telling. Prepare to be amazed :)

  Happy writing! Liane x

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