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First Drafts

This quote from Bernard Malamud describes first drafts perfectly.

First drafts are for learning what your novel is about. Revision is working with that knowledge to enlarge and enhance an idea to re-form it. The first draft of a book is the most uncertain-where you need guts, the ability to accept the imperfect until it is better.

Bernard Malamud
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Write First; Edit later

It doesn’t matter how bad your first draft is, or how many errors you make. No one will see it but you. When you have that burst of inspiration and the words flow faster than you can type or write them, don’t stop to correct a spelling or a punctuation, just write. Don’t try to make every sentence or ever paragraph perfect. As John Dufresne says, “The purpose of the first draft is not to get it right, but to get it written.

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Writing Dialogue

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When writing dialogue, keep it short and meaningful. Do not write long drawn out sentences that are unnecessary. Your dialogue should be consistent with your character’s voice. It should be clear to the reader who the person is speaking to. The words should flow naturally. When in doubt that your dialogue sounds natural, read it out load. Good luck and happy writing.

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Vocabulary Corner

Today we will look at two more words that sounds the same but is slightly different in meaning . They are COMPLACENT and COMPLAISANT 

COMPLACENT: means showing smugness or uncritical satisfaction about one’s self. Self-satisfied or conceited.

COMPLAISANT: means the willingness to please others. Being obliging or agreeable

Everyday try to build your vocabulary. Good luck and happy writing.

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Vocabulary Corner

As a writer vocabulary isĀ  important. You needĀ  to have a grasp on words, their meanings and how to use them to convey the message you want. Today words on vocabulary corner sound the same but have different meanings. They are COMPLIMENT and COMPLEMENT.

A Compliment is an expression of praise or admiration. For example: Susan your hair looks beautiful today.

Complement on the other hand means a thing that completes another. It enhances it or improves it. For example: The red jacket complements her dress.

Good luck and happy writing.

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A Tip for New Writers

As a writer it is important to value your craft and take pride in your work. Along with proper grammar and punctuation, correct formatting is also important to make your book readable. I once had a fellow writer who was promoting her book on Face Book. I went on Amazon to check it out and realized it had no proper formatting. Sentences ran into each other with no separation or paragraphs. It was unreadable. I reached out to the person via private message relaying what I had discovered and was shocked when the individual acknowledged that she was aware of it. I found it mind-boggling that someone would promote a book knowing it was next to impossible to read. Weeks later when I checked back it remained the same.

There is no point in publishing a book if no one can read it. Do not make that mistake. Good luck and happy writing.

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Write Your Story

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Writing is an Art

Writing is an art that gets better when you practice good writing. It is an important form of expression. Writing utilizes the imagination and creates work that can be entertaining as well as informative. People who take the time to learn the craft are the ones who become great writers. Good luck and happy writing

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The Art of Writing

The First draft is just telling

yourself the story!

(Terry Prachett)

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Be Open to Critique

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As a writer have to develop a thick skin and be open to criticism. If you are a great writer people will love your book. However you have to accept that not everyone will love what you write. Some readers can be harsh with their reviews, so you must be prepared for this. Critique is not always bad because it may help you to be a better writer. Good luck and happy writing.