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Motivational Muses #19

Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other ­people. Nothing that happens to a writer – however happy, however tragic – is ever wasted.

P.D. James


Question for Writers #6

Motivational Muses #18

Motivational Muses #18


I choose to write because it’s perfect for me.

It’s an escape, a place I can go to hide.

It’s a friend, when I feel out casted from everyone else.

It’s a journal, when the only story I can tell is my own.

It’s a book, when I need to be somewhere else.

It’s control, when I feel so out of control.

It’s healing, when everything seems pretty messed up.

And it’s fun, when life is just flat-out boring.

Opening with a Whopper #1

“I’ll see you tomorrow, Harvey,” she said to me.

She never did.

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How to get going

  • A good story beginning needs to introduce character, conflict, story world and set a tone, let these opening lines help you develop such a start
  • Why did she never see Harvey?
  • Who was this woman to Harvey?

Share your work

  • For a challenge, reply your response in the comment box in 250 words
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Motivational Muses #17

Motivational Muses #16

Motivational Muses #15

Moving up the Ranks

From ‘The Art or War for Writers’ by James Scott Bell

Finishing a story is hard work – at least, of course, if you’re writing a good one! Writing requires commitment, skill, talent, attention to detail, imagination and passion. But writing is equally a rewarding experience. When I finished my first novel, just writing the words ‘the end’ was such a satisfying experience. I knew then that I could do it, that I can keep writing, keep getting better and perhaps one day, even become published and give a reader an experience that really rocks them (in a good way, of course!)

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Motivational Muses #14

Motivational Muses #13

First, find out what your hero wants. Then just follow him

Ray Bradbury

Motivational Muses #11

Write your first draft with your heart. Re-write with your head

From the movie Finding Forrester


I am a firm believer that writing is an art. Writing is also a very vague term as it is such a broad hobby. Do you write non-fiction, flash fiction, short stories, novellas, novels, epics or poetry? Do you read fantasy sagas, self-help articles or abstract anthologies? We all have our comfort zones, but experimentation is key for a writer. Why? Because by dabbing into another genre, you will acquire so many new skills that even if you do not like the genre itself, you will come back a much more experienced writer.

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Motivational Muses #10

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep

Scott Adams

The Versatile Blogger Award

I’ll begin by saying, as I did in my comment at David’s blog, that this was a shocker! Having tried and failed at blogging many a time, I must say that, without being too cheesy, that hard work pays off. Being committed to this blog for only a few weeks now, David McGowan has very kindly nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award.

Check out his blog to delve yourself into a world of great writing posts, not without a touch of humour and a load of assistance for any writer out there: http://davidmcgowanauthor.com/

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