A Year in the Life of a Writer

Written by Andy Walsh

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Before I go any further, let me reassure you that I didn't interview these people just to get my subscription list up on my newsletter. I really am interested in what published novelists have to say. I've picked up a few tips fromrepparttar people I've talked to.

But never one to look a gift horse inrepparttar 129662 mouth, I just happened to mentionrepparttar 129663 fact that I was interviewing these people on a few forums that I visit. I signed up ten people on one day, which for a little newsletter like mine is superb going.

I bet you're wondering how hard it was to arrangerepparttar 129664 interviews? In all honesty, it was one ofrepparttar 129665 easiest things I've ever done. Find a writer's web page, email them with a request for an interview and wait for a response. I'm getting a 50% acceptance rate atrepparttar 129666 moment.

So there you go.

How to increase your subscription list by getting exclusive interviews!

Andy Walsh is a househusband and writer living in Cumbria in the UK. He writes novels, short stories, articles and poems some of which you can read at http://www.stbrodag.com. Check out 'PROMOTE YOUR WRITING' at http://www.stbrodag.com/promote/promote.htm.


Written by Craig Lock

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Practice your own writing regularly, stand back dispassionately and look at it.

Readrepparttar words out aloud, or preferably get someone else to read your work out to you. Ask yourself this important question: DO THE SENTENCES FLOW NICELY?

Look atrepparttar 129660 flow: Is there variety inrepparttar 129661 length and structure ofrepparttar 129662 sentences?

Correct awkward phrases or obvious repetitions.

Check is your meaning clear?

With no waffling (must heed that one!).

Then rewrite and rewrite to improverepparttar 129663 quality of your work.

Top writers rewrite many many times over.

Be aware that style can be changed to suit circumstances.

Style is very individual - it is your own style...and is YOURS alone - your unique personality "shining through".

Style may be simple, formal, and even utilize slang, or be more complex with long sentences, sub-clauses and paragraphs; but it should never lose its essential clarity.

The essence of good style, I believe, is SIMPLICITY. In writing articles for say, newspapers, your preference will largely depend on your market.

For example inrepparttar 129664 UK, British newspapers like 'The Sun' generally have a short and sharp style - to appeal to repparttar 129665 masses.

'The Times' usually has longer and more demanding prose to stimulate "more edu-ma-cated" readers.

I've written this article in a "short and sharp, punchy" style.

I also have a serious, yet simple style for my novels on South Africa. They are written "fromrepparttar 129666 heart" In a totally different style to this lesson/article's "brief, punchy and torepparttar 129667 point" style. I wrote ANGOLAN DAWN in a different style to my other novels to portrayrepparttar 129668 way an unsophistocated big word!) Angolan migrant labourer would seerepparttar 129669 world, think and speak

In my non-fiction works, like this article and my self-help books, I try to write in a style that will best accomplish my writing aim: to "inform, entertain and hopefully even inspire people to reach out and become all they are CAPABLE of being".

* When I write articles for "the international market" ofrepparttar 129670 net, I don't target particular countries and try to adapt my writing style. I've found that people aroundrepparttar 129671 world don't seem to mindrepparttar 129672 fact that I may use "funny" words or spelling - small details, like "s's" instead of "z's", color or colour...as long asrepparttar 129673 grammar is reasonably correct. I just try to write in my "natural style withrepparttar 129674 odd bit of whacky and zany" humour - one in which I feel comfortable (seeing I was brought up in South Africa with British English) and suggest you writers dorepparttar 129675 same.

My advice is just find your "natural style" by writing as you Speak - as practice writing in your "natural style" breeds confidence. I hope this article may be helpful to you in learning more about your own "natural style."

Craig Lock is an author of numerous books and the creator of the ORIGINAL online creative writing course. http://www.nzenterprise.com/writer/creative.html Craig has had five books published on various subjects with another 12 manuscripts being published and marketed on the internet. http://www.novelty-gift.com/ebooks.html and http://www.bridgeniche.com/CLOCK/zaniestbooks.htm

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