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An important lesson about writing

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Pointed words from E. L. Doctorow! Named after the famous American writer Edgar Allan Poe, E. L. Doctorow, (Edgar Lawrence Doctorow), has followed in this footsteps of his famed compatriot. His writing has spanned the gamut of writing - novels, short stories, essays, plays... and he has won wide acclaim for his work which is evidenced by the number of awards that he has won throughout his writing career, a career that still continues today. So, he knows a thing or two about writing. Listen to him! He's "put his money where his mouth is" so to speak. You may learn more about this writer  here . As an author at the bottom rung of the writing ladder,  I'm impressed by Doctorow's body of work and its obvious quality, and hope that I, too, will add quality work to the libraries of wonderful works to be enjoyed for generations to come. As such, I've made my first  contribution  to these vast libraries, a work that is yet to be discovered by many,

The best age to start a career in writing

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Whether you are teenaged or an older adult, a story may pop up in your head from time to time. You want to write it. But are you too young or too old to begin your writing journey? Is there a best age to start writing? Let’s find out. If you a re a teenager, do you think that you are too young to write your first book? If your answer is yes, you are wrong. There are a number of successful writers who published their first novels in their teens. Recently, I had a conversation with a thirty something year old lady. She said that she wrote a book when she was sixteen . She is just ready to share it with an audience. Be like that lady! Write your stories. Eventually you will develop the confidence to share them with an audience. So why not start your writing journey today? Are you between the ages of twenty and forty ? Apparently, this is a good time to start your career in writing. It is during this period that many writers start their careers. If you are in thi

Writing with the help of coaching - how this is done

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How can coaching help you to write that first book?  Why should I pay for a coach? Is it worth it? Why shouldn't I just sit and write my story, my way? These are some questions that some of you are tossing around in your mind at this time. You have thrown out the idea to your friends, family and favourite network that you are thinking of writing a book. You tell them that you have an idea of what you want to write about, but you do not know how to start. Your friends,  family and favourite network are quite helpful. Some direct you to books on writing which surely, they say, can steer you in the right direction.  Some send you a list of online resources for you to peruse to get direction.  Some give you direct suggestions, based on their experience of writing. They tell you to go for it, to create an outline if you want to write non-fiction.  That is, to come up with some chapter headings and begin to write,  then edit later. Or, if you are going

How to write, really write!

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How to write, really write? This is the question that you may have asked yourself when someone sneers at your writing. Ignore them. Everybody has their own writing style. What you probably need is a bit of guidance to say what you want to say.  Here are three easy steps that should help you to finish that book or that piece of extended writing that is still trapped inside your head.   Know what you want to say. This is self-evident, isn't it? It seems to be, but it is not! This is one of the reasons that your story is still trapped inside your head. So, what do you want to say? What is the topic that interests you, that you want to share with your audience?  You want to write and many ideas are fighting for ascendancy in your head, but what is that burning idea on which you will focus your first book?  Do you want to focus it on that special story that your grandfather used to tell you, or the one that your mother used to tell you before tucking you in bed, or the stories

Journey by JBF

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A road leading to nowhere and everywhere Journey by JBF You are standing at the edge of despair A bottomless chasm stretches toward you Urging you to dive into its promise which it says is your due A promise of forgetfulness and welcome rest Rest from the pain of constant disappointments Rest from trusting those untrue Rest from the hurt of blighted dreams Rest from the inner silent screams Screams at those who don’t want to understand That you are trying to do the best you can But you refuse to give in to your fear Though your journey is full of twists and turns Your dream within you still burns Exploding into visions most clear The sky will sometimes be grey But the sun will always chase those clouds away Birds will sing; butterflies will play And you will be on your way Before you go, spend a few minutes to browse the blog, subscribe to get the latest posts as soon as they are published and do read some  poems . A bout the Author