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Writing

Winning is over-emphasised. It’s only important in surgery and war

If nothing is perfect so why should you be?  Have fun – there is nothing wrong in painting a mediocre picture or writing a poor story. Forget the mistakes and enjoy the process.  You can always make it better on the rewrite.

So strive for excellence, not perfection. Excellence is obtainable, healthy and rewarding.  Conquer procrastination by maintaining your enthusiasm and by taking one step at a time.

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Characters Writing

Storytelling is a craft based on logic

We are dealing with a sympathetic character (the hero) who has to overcome a series of increasingly difficult, seemingly insurmountable obstacles and achieve a compelling desire (or knowledge).

It consists of assiduously asking three simple questions:
What does the hero want?
What hinders her from getting it?
What happens if she does not get it?

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Organise your day Writing

Getting Started

Take a novel by a favourite writer and copy out of three or four pages just to get the fingers and thoughts moving.

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Writing

The Word is Action

Remember: life is simple.  All you have to do is ‘follow through’.

Mask your fear of failure. Write down your reasons for writing this book. If the book feels too large, then divide and conquer.

Alternatively, you could practice doing nothing… see what a bore it is.

The word is Action.