October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, stay informed and learn how to avoid abusive relationships. Read up on the signs which present themselves as visible red flags and do not ignore them. Do not make excuses for a partner’s behavior if your gut tells you something is not right. Stay focus and alert to signs of abuse. Prevention is the key.
- Accept yourself for who you are and love yourself. You must learn to look in the mirror and love what you see, the image of who you are. Loving yourself is the first step towards happiness.
- Make peace with your past. Forgive those who need to be forgiven. Cut ties with those who cares nothing about your happiness. Surround yourself with positive, uplifting people who motivate and inspire you.
- Do not harbor bitterness or resentment in your heart towards anyone because in the end it will stifle your inner growth and peace of mind.
- Be kind to yourself. Pamper yourself every once in a while. Do something that makes you happy and make it all about you, you deserve it.
- Learn to say no. Remember that you are not here to save the world, so do not take on more than you can handle because you might not want to displease someone. You are never going to be able to please everyone or be everything for everyone. You must be able to say no and feel no guilt about doing so
Cover Photo and Synopsis
Hi everyone. Here is a synopsis of my current work in progress
Darlene Wellington is devastated by the discovery that her husband Charles is having an affair with his secretary. Darlene is comforted by Pete, a stranger she meets at a club. He is a life savor at a time when she needs a shoulder to lean on. Pete makes it clear that he wants more than just friendship. However, a decision does not come easy. Will Darlene forgive Charles and try to save their marriage? And can things ever go back to where it used to be when trust is broken?
Tell me what you think of the cover.
Most writers do not become a success overnight. You have to put effort into your work and have a lot of patience. Most readers want a well written story that will keep them turning the pages. If you can do that, then you are almost there.
With so much happening these days, it is easy to get distracted. It is therefore important to stick to a writing schedule. Whether it is 500, 1000 or more words per day, strive to reach your goal.
How Easy is it?
I must confess that when I just started writing I struggled with writing dialogue. I realized this was something I had to work on. When writing dialogue the writing should reflect the tone of the character. One has to craft in a way that it does not become monotonous.
In trying to not keep repeating words such as, “said or replied” do not go overboard with alternative words so your dialogue sounds unnatural. Don’t use the words: barked, growled, shouted, or hissed in a conversation where they seem out of place. In fact people don’t bark, hiss, or growl.
When it doubt read the dialogue aloud and see if it sounds natural. Another thing to pay close attention to, is where you put your quotation marks and full stops.
Why it is Important
The use of imagery is very important in writing. Incorporating the five senses of seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching help to make your story come alive in the reader’s mind. You can draw them out of their world into your story with imagery. Take a look at the paragraph below.
“When we got to the river, Pete and I were in for a big surprise. The calm water we had waded through earlier was now a raging torrent, murky with mud and sediments rushing from upstream. A feeling of helplessness gripped me as I gazed over the water to the bank on the other side. There was no way we could to get across.” (from Broken Trust)
From the use of imagery you are able to visualize this couple standing on the bank of a river unable to cross.
By using imagery you can make your readers more engaged in the story.
Write so your readers understand the message you are trying to convey. This is what makes reading enjoyable!
Tell Your Story
Have you dreamed of writing a book, but each time you think of starting it, you put it off. The reality of life is that you will never finish something unless you start it. You don’t have to know how your story will end. Just start with that first page or that first chapter and watch your story grow. Stop procrastinating and start on that first page. Good luck, and happy writing.
What is one of the most important things you need to do to improve your writing skills? You might think that’s easy, I just need to write a lot. While writing until it becomes an habit is important, I would encourage writers especially new ones, to read more. Like any other field, to be successful writers need to be knowledgeable about their craft. Reading is the most valuable source of acquiring knowledge. Reading the work of others can help you to improve your own writing style and creativity. Good luck and happy writing.