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How to start a story…


While surfing the net through Stumbleupon I was greeted by this fantastic post written by Graeme Shimmin – who takes inspiration from Ernest Hemmingway – “All you have to do is write one true sentence write the truest sentence you know.”

“Trying to start writing a story is a daunting prospect. Whether it’s a short story or a novel, sometimes it’s putting the first few words on the page that’s difficult. If we aren’t careful we can end up just staring at a blank screen because we don’t even know how to start the story.

I used to have the same problem. Now people say, “Where do you get so many ideas from?”

There’s a trick to starting a story that I can share with you and I got it from Ernest Hemingway.”

Click here for the full article by Graeme Shimmin.


Short and Sweet Advice For Writers: Stop Putting Yourself Down

Fantastic words of advice to boost writers’ confidence and self belief – from Jamie Lee Wallace

Live to Write - Write to Live

girl pig insultIf you’re like most writers (even the working ones), you would like to spend more time (and make more money) writing. You might write as a side hustle, pro bono, or “just for fun.” Or, if you’re like me, you might make your living writing, but only because you do a lot of commercial (vs. creative) work – copywriting, content marketing, etc.

My writing life includes bits of each of these scenarios. I make my living writing website content, ebooks, reports, blog posts, etc. for corporate, business-to-business (B2B) clients mostly in the technology and marketing industries. I take on the occasional side project to write a paid feature for an arts or lifestyle magazine. I also write a bi-weekly column for my local paper as a pro bono gig. And, finally, I journal, blog, and write fiction “just for fun.”

That’s a lot of writing.

Still, when someone asks what…

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Monday Motivation!

A Writer’s Motivation Tip by Cornelia J. Glynn


A Writer’s Motivation Tip that could inspire your own creative writing or at least put a smile on your face 🙂

“It is important that we appreciate what we have and that we do our best to see beauty in each day. At the end of the day I make a little list of all the nice things that have happened – could be something simple like a toddler smiling at me, or the red robin in our garden singing a song, thanking me for the food I put out. I put a smiley next to each incident and then it occurs to me that, even if I’ve been depressed, something good happened. It does so every day.” – Cornelia J. Glynn

Even More Art With food!

This wonderful food art might inspire your creative writing! Why not write a short piece about your favourite cuisine? Or a memorable meal you enjoyed… with friends, with your pet, or alone, at home or in foreign fields… Think about all of your senses when you write it: sight, sound, taste, touch and smell!
Happy New Year and Happy New Writing!


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PD James 10 Tips for Writing Novels


PD James the great crime novelist has passed away at the age of 94.

Here she shares 10 Tips for Writing Novels for all you aspiring writers great words of wisdom from one of the greatest crime writers.

I am lucky to have written as many books as I have. It has been a joy.

PD James


Writing Tip: 5 Tips For Writing Your Best Nature Poems

Here’s an inpsiring Writing Tip from Creative Talents Unleashed about Nature Poetry – to help reawaken your senses and stimulate your your next creative poem about nature…!

Writing Tip: Use a structure

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