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Where is Adam?

Julie Raynes’ husband has been missing for six months. Devastated and confused, she refuses to believe that he would leave her voluntarily, though her best friend thinks differently. However, her Aunt Alice, a psychic, tells her Adam has been murdered, and when she reveals how she knows this, any hope that Adam is still alive, dissipates.

The police are also beginning to believe that Adam Raynes was murdered. And Julie is their prime suspect. Her life in ruins, Julie vows to hunt down whoever is responsible for Adam’s murder and make them pay for their crime.

In the meantime, David Gray, a young man who was pulled from a lake by a fisherman when he was 9 years old, wakens from a coma after nearly two decades. Unknown to Julie, Adam and David share a dark connection, a darkness that threatens to devour both of them, in a terrifying race with death.

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How to be a better writer
« on: January 13, 2018, 11:13:18 AM »
I think these suggestions make a lot of sense  :)

Margaret Atwood (originally appeared in The Guardian)

1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can't sharpen it on the plane, because you can't take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.

2. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.

3. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do.

4. If you're using a computer, always safeguard new text with a memory stick.

5. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.

6. Hold the reader's attention. (This is likely to work better if you can hold your own.) But you don't know who the reader is, so it's like shooting fish with a slingshot in the dark. What fascinates A will bore the pants off B.

7. You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter means: there's no free lunch. Writing is work. It's also gambling. You don't get a pension plan. Other people can help you a bit, but essentially you're on your own. Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine.

8. You can never read your own book with the innocent anticipation that comes with that first delicious page of a new book, because you wrote the thing. You've been backstage. You've seen how the rabbits were smuggled into the hat. Therefore ask a reading friend or two to look at it before you give it to anyone in the publishing business. This friend should not be someone with whom you have a romantic relationship, unless you want to break up.

9. Don't sit down in the middle of the woods. If you're lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong. Then take the other road. And/or change the person. Change the tense. Change the opening page.

10. Prayer might work. Or reading something else. Or a constant visualisation of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book.

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Re: How to be a better writer
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2018, 12:01:13 PM »
"Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine." So good. I love Margaret Atwood.
"This is the writer's life. And for this there is no teacher left. So go for it. Wow yourself." --Scott Herndon, Stanford University


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Re: How to be a better writer
« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2018, 12:03:14 AM »
"Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don't whine." So good. I love Margaret Atwood.

Worth keeping this one to copy and paste into suitable threads  :D

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Re: How to be a better writer
« Reply #3 on: Yesterday at 02:06:33 AM »
To be a good writer:

1) Keep reading. Read anything that you haven't read before. This gives you new ideas and inspiration.
2) Write something every day. Blog post, Comments on social media, poems, short stories. Share them with other readers for their insights. This builds your confidence and an active community.
3) Do breathing exercises every morning.
4) Learn something new every day. could be a word, idiom, grammatical usage, pun, etc. and try to remember it. You can make flashcards for everything new you learn and refer to it later. Learning new vocabulary keeps you in touch with the latest developments and helps connect with the new audience.
5) Stay motivated. Watch something motivational every day. songs, videos, etc. As a writer, it's easy to lose motivation to write and get hit by writer's block.
6) Set short writing targets for each day.
7) Learn about new ways and platforms to put out your work and thoughts out to the words.
8) Build a social community on writing websites.

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Re: How to be a better writer
« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 02:43:23 AM »
5. Do back exercises. Pain is distracting.

Ooh. Yes please. Take care of yourself. Writing isn't something you retire from. Plan for the long run.
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« Reply #5 on: Yesterday at 03:39:27 AM »
I can agree with the last suggesion only as your self-confidence can overcome your fear and make you a good writer!