Written by Craig Lock

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Then once you haverepparttar idea, RESEARCH well, so you are factually correct.

Accuracy in writing is paramount for credibility- you have to be seen to be an authority on your subject..

If you are writing purely for money (nothing wrong with that!), write what will sell. I only write fromrepparttar 129587 heart, either with serious messages (in my novels) or "zany" and hopefully uplifting material forrepparttar 129588 human spirit in my non-fiction "work".

Always remember:

There are too many subjects to write about - not too few!

Remember to collect interesting items for later use.


We all have a unique style of writing, in addition to our unique experiences in life... because each one of us is unique, thank God. So just be grateful for who you are , your unique abilities and gifts and count your blessings. Enough on this subject - this is not a new spiritual book!

Style is our natural way of writing: it can be brief, long-winded, chatty, wacky, breezy, light, heavy and so on - likerepparttar 129589 way we talk. I try and write like I speak: very much torepparttar 129590 point, but withrepparttar 129591 odd "zany" bit thrown in to startle or get a person thinking (or perhaps just wondering about me and where I'm coming from - Mars!).

My advice...

Build on your own natural style of writing... andrepparttar 129592 best way to do that is to get intorepparttar 129593 writing habit. Then just be you. Incidentally, a word of seriousness (for a change)... Although this road I have chosen is very rocky and financially uncertain, doing this type of work gives me way more fulfilment in my life than ever before, as well as feeling this isrepparttar 129594 "real me". And that's most important.

(Can I start a sentence with an "And". Seerepparttar 129595 next "gripping" lesson to find out).

Write something daily; because practice makes perfect.

Be open to growth, to try new styles or new directions in your writing. I find after I've done a serious book (like a novel on South Africa), I try to write to inform and entertain in a light breezy style. Probably just both sides of me coming out.

You could perhaps try adding touches of humour, your natural humour, of course!

This comes with confidence and confidence comes with more writing. My confidence has increased greatly after my tentative first steps down this track.

I believerepparttar 129596 essence of good writing style lies in precision and accuracy.

Therefore omit unnecessary words. Try to think up some examples of everyday unnecessary words and let me know what they are in our homework. One example to get you started: "actually".

Lots more on style coming up in another lesson.

I hope this information may be helpful to you in your creative writing.

Craig Lock is an author of numerous books and the creator of the "original" online creative writing course.


Written by Arleen M. Kaptur

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You writerepparttar book or article and then are so very pleased with what you have created. You proudly send it in and wait forrepparttar 129584 accolades. Insteadrepparttar 129585 rejections come and hope fades, but don't let it. Weather out your storms, relax in knowing that someone will appreciate your efforts, but perhaps you will have to take cover and wait. When you can throw openrepparttar 129586 doors ofrepparttar 129587 bright world of being a writer, you will seerepparttar 129588 rainbow andrepparttar 129589 colors will embrace you. The pot atrepparttar 129590 end of that beautiful rainbow will be your book or article in print and you will be more confident next time, and face that next storm, as surely as they will come, but never go down torepparttar 129591 demoralizing pits of self-pity and worse yet, total abandonment. The rainbows are out waiting inrepparttar 129592 wings, andrepparttar 129593 strongerrepparttar 129594 gales that blow with each storm,repparttar 129595 more welcome is that expanse of wonder and delight that representsrepparttar 129596 myriad of people you will touch through your writing andrepparttar 129597 knowledge you share. So go in and have that cup of coffee, relax in front ofrepparttar 129598 fire, and wait outrepparttar 129599 storm. Anticipation of that rainbow will make it all worth your while. You will also notice that with each passing turbulance,repparttar 129600 colors seem deeper and more penetrating. Wishing yourepparttar 129601 strength to weatherrepparttar 129602 storm and welcomerepparttar 129603 rainbows. ©Arleen M. Kaptur 2002 May

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