2017 Kindness Challenge Sign-up!

Sign-up is open for the 2nd annual Kindness Challenge! Click on the photo to be redirected to the sign-up page! Last year we had over 80 participate and focus on kindness for 7 weeks.

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    • Hi Bilal, apologies for the delay getting back to you. As for tips, they are legion in number. First one, if you are intending to write fiction Stephen King has a book call “On Writing” which is something I’d recommend reading. It gives his take on how he writes and the journey through his writing career. His approach is very much like mine. There are thousands of courses and advice on technical aspects (Novakovich has a detailed book on that), but for me that doesn’t work so well. Figure out what your real interests are and use those to create with. At first it feels awkward, but with practice (like anything) you will find (hopefully) what is know as your writing voice. With me that engages the story and makes it fluid so I don’t fret about the technicalities like plot and story arc, character sheets and so on. First draft is ALL about getting the story down. Nothing else, grammar, plot strengthening and so on are the remit of editing subsequent a drafts. Also never expect a brilliant story on the FIRST draft. You should have a story yes, but crafting it into the read deal comes later. With practice, however, your first drafts will improve. Also read books from a writers view point too. Look at opening lines, paragraph structure, word use and look for where the plot speeds up ot slows down to keep the reader on edge. In time you will see where the transitions kick in when the books move from middle into the ending sections. Very good authors make this seamless, poor ones make it obvious. IMO, technical approaches might contribute to that if you apply it too rigidly. As for genre…write what you know. It will be more natural. Also look out for flash fiction and short story competitions or challenges. Bloggers throw those out all the time and they are brilliant places to practice. If you want to do a course then try https://www.futurelearn.com
      They run a FREE course called “Creative Writing.” It’s global access too. I did it a few years back and it opens your eyes to different approaches, including the Novakovich method, how to do and receive critical feedback in reviews, sets you writing tasks to share with other users and more. Fabulous community too. Hope some of that helps 😊

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        • I know! Times totally flying here. Thanks for asking too…just had a few writing things to sort out. I’m also about to write a post notification that my theme is going to change so a few things might look odd until I’ve figured out the new layout. Heads up too. On the 10th I’m posting the official cover release for Niki’s book (challenge owner). I’m hoping to pick up blogging again soon too. Hope alls well with you x

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            • I’m not so sure if it was creative or self destructive! I have a huge to do list as a result of my social media assessment. Not to mention start submitting my book and finishing another!! What’s the study you enrolled in?? anything exciting? The last bit made me laugh too…go get that attention sorted lol

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              • Don’t forget to breath, more specific, to breath out too hahaha
                Well, as a Dutch saying goes..it keeps you off the street 🙂
                And last but not least: nobody said that practicing your passion won’t evolve hard work 😛
                But seriously, looking forward to read all that new material, will keep a close eye on your blog.
                Are you sitting down? The study is called: Existential Well-being Counseling – a person-centered Experiential Approach. It’s via an online platform, this one provided by a Belgium University and in English.
                Loving it so far, but its demanding. Time-wise as personal feelings/emotions roaring up again.
                Fortunately my husband got promoted and his new job is keeping him very occupied, so I have more hours during the day to finish my to-do-lists and since love seems to go through the stomach by men, I have just enough time to prepare a delicious meal for him. hihi

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                • Good job you mentioned breathing out !! Nearly forgot that. Good saying that is, I must remember it.
                  And how cool is that! I did a few on-line courses last year too including one on mindfulness. Good courses are, or should be, demanding. Keeps the grey matter working…although mine spends great amounts of time developing procrastination side-lines lol. Must stay focussed…in fact must get this blog updated too! Finalised the cover reveal post during this exchange though 🙂

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