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Five videos for inspiration and motivation

We all have our little places where we head to seek comfort or inspirations. And during my dark times… when I was uncertain I would reach my goals… I was scared. I developed my own little collections of videos to keep me going!

I watch these videos and today I am going to share them with you. This is my hope is that they help you as much as they have helped me…

These guys are the best, and when you need inspiration for life… for writing…

So here we go.

Tony Robbins Your emotions are a message! 

Brendon Burchard How to develop more confidence? 

Brendon Burchard How to believe in yourself?

Mel Robbins Stop overthinking… and start doing!

Bob Proctor   Natural laws to attain anything in your life.

Robin Sharma The Victim to leader leap

All of us need this.. for writing.. for jobs.. for life! Hope this was helpful!

Happy blogging!

Five basic tools for writing an excellent novel!

As writers you and I know, we need to know the essential tools and especially where to get them!

  • Looking for a suitable method to write your novel – There are two methods–

One – write as you go.  It means you do not plan your novel, and the story develops as you write it.

Two- develop a summary of your plot and then expand it to creating a novel. Meaning you plan your book!

I do not use the first method any more. I began using the second method, and here is a book that is great! And hey I can vouch for this method because I have used it! Once you master it… it’s like a breeze.

  • Looking to create great characters:

Now, this part is tricky but reading the following books will help you a lot to develop your character.

Okay if you want to know your characters before writing your stories- this is a book you should refer! The snowflake method.  The author using a parable to describe the method, which i think is awesome!

Second, you could learn from the masters. Here is a book of classical ‘super hit’ writers which tells the tales and their fundamental methods of writing. Fiction Writing Master Class.

Third, the book story engineering, if you are a beginner, this the perfect guide! I wished I had read this book earlier.

  • Writing a scene.

As authors, we are always wondering how much is enough? Describing a scene, especially an action scene can be a tough job. But hey, the more you do it, the better you become. And here is a article you can refer.

You could also follow this blog. Whenever I am stuck on seen I refer to this blog! Man, this guy is excellent!

Also again, try getting your hands on this book. (Story Engineering).

  • Editing   

Once you have completed your novel, the editing begins.

Editing is the spine of writing. If you have a great editor, who can work on your story, and enhance it… then you are lucky! If you do not have one… then find one!  This is a critical tool. I recently found out that bestselling authors not only work with the editors appointed to them by their publishers but have their own personal editors.

So here are some things you could do to begin editing!

First, you could try Grammarly or Whitesmoke. These are online editors and help begin the editing process.

Second, you could use this a book, Revision and Self-editing which contains several simple and great tips!

Third, give your novel to a friend for reading, and if possible editing. Offer them something. Like movie tickets or acknowledgement in your book once its published

Fourth, re-read and re-edit after feedback from your friends and then send it to an actual editor. If you do not know where to find a good editor, you can go this group and post your question. Fiction Writing. 

Its a group of several writings and also editors! And they give great tips!

  • If you are a writer, you need a website! It’s a great tool.

I think of this every day. I have been writing for years, but I just created my website. Damn I should have done it before. But now that I have done it…you know what… it’s great! Especially, if you are a non-fiction writer. Even if you are a fiction writer, blogging and having your website is a good idea. You can use just post your everyday experiences as an author or even just about your general life. It really helps! It helps your writing and enables you to develop a platform which is very important for an authors career.

So here is where you could start

First, have a look at the website of established authors. It’s a great start!

Second, you could check out authors that are just starting. Its easy. Search for a new author in your genre, google their name and go and check out their websites. Its a very good way to learn!

Third, create a website. You could begin with WordPress. It’s a good place where you can develop your website in a few hours! Tip, it takes more time than you think… but once it’s done. It’s awesome!

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Hope this was helpful.

Please share, you would not only be helping me but other authors who are looking for wards to develop their craft.

Happy blogging!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apply this technique and generate the first draft of your book in 48 Hours!!

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As writer I am always looking for ways where I could finish my books as quickly as possible. We all know in the real world this does not happen, because writing a book does take time. Not to say the time it takes to edit and reedit or rewrite scenes. But what if you could finish your book in 48 hours! Sounds unbelievable! To incredible! I thought that too, and then I read the Ultimate 48 hour Author (The Ultimate Author), a book which is freely available online. 

Yes this is a book review, and I feel that this is worth a short especially for people who chaotic schedules. Believe me I know how tough it is to finish that FIRST draft, and how thrilling it is to see it all done. What if you could do it in just a weekend?

Read on! 

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Want To Improve Your Writing, Study The Works Of The Masters.

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I recently read this, and I feel I should share 

Do not we all want to be like the great writers. Of course, we know all the current best seller authors of our time, such as JK Rowling, Larsson, and Gynn Flynn.

Margaret Mitchell might not straight away come to your mind. She wrote the classic bestseller, Gone with the Wind. Oh yeah, now you remember. Did you know she was quite a bit like her heroine, Scarlett O Hara, both were beautiful, rebellious and admired by men.
So what can we learn from this master?

Bring Emotions:

Internal monologue, If you have read the book, you know the key to the book is the inner dialogue of the heroine. Although the author follows the thoughts of other characters, most of her story is from Scarlett’s perspective. We know more about her than any other characters- her emotions, her habits, conniving persona her disposition at a difficult time in history. Nevertheless, the way the author describes her feelings is fantastic, and the volcano of emotions when she moves from one relationship to another. By doing this, she makes sure that her readers know her character and love and hate her.
This helps her gain readers favoritism and empathy towards her character.

Twist your plots:
This is not known but Margaret had her method. For instance, two main characters who love each other still do not come together. For instance, Scarlett loves Rhett Butler but she wants Ashley and in her haste and marries another man. Rhett Butler loves Scarlett but leaves her at every turn.
The several changes that the author brings in Scarlett’s life keep the reader engaged, and they can relate to her. Moreover, she pushes her characters to the limits. The thing is, its interesting to see how Scarlets responds to the challenges she is facing. They are not always ethical, they are not always right but she does it and that makes her unique. I hate and love her. I have read the books several times. Still, she never falters to amaze me!

Charm your readers.
I know what a cliche but try it. Mitchell was a master of charming people, in real life and even when she wrote fiction. She achieved this by two ways.
One by using a charged language and the other by thinking about how her dialogues and setting will affect the readers psychologically.

Let’s discuss.
She uses the gradual descent of emotions and does not directly leap in. This is known as control psychic distance, from a distance to up and close in a step-wise controlled manner. Then she adds a sort of poetic tone to her novel. When you read it, you will feel it. Secondly, the charm. The story is created mainly for women, and Mitchell makes good use of it. She knows that women mostly wonder and try to understand and interpret behaviors of men and of course, every woman wants to fall in love with the perfect man. Also, the way she writes is quite poetic and brings up the charm in her book. These aspects of the book are very catchy and attractive to women. Knowing what her readers will enjoy, makes Mitchell the master at her craft. In conclusion, it helps to look at your work objectively. For example, what would your readers like to read? What are their dreams and aspirations? In conclusion, relate to your audience.

Novel’s background

The most important facet of a novel is the background. It has to be believable. It is evident from the authors work that she digs deep into her subject, for this book. She took some historical facts and used them to create her scenes. This can be tough for writers. I know it is harder to create this novel, but you can resolve this by making your settings graphically. When you want to describe something, for instance, room, you either draw a picture of the setup or search the Internet for an appropriate image, print it and then use it to describe the setting. This exercise will help you express the scene more easily.

 

I have learned a lot from reading this book and enjoyed it, I hope the ideas I collected would you.

Thank you for reading!

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What is a your favorite Halloween movie?

Happy Halloween everyone!

So when I think of the Halloween movies or series, or stuff I would love to watch on Halloween. Three names occur immediately! 

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Which movies, books or series you read!

Tips about writing flawlessly you can’t afford to miss.

Writers… before you begin you worry about many things, mostly about one thing! Grammar! images (1).jpg

You wonder if you know the fundamentals of English grammar? Are you confident what you’re writing is error-free and easy to read?

Let us be honest, as writers, we want to give the publisher or our readers a book with high-quality writing.

So, I asked, would you like a tool or grammar checker to help you proof-read your work?

Of course, the answer is, Yes!

Writers jobs are hard and challenging, we not only have to come up with great plots and awesome characters, but all of our work depends heavily on grammar!

It would be a boon to us, especially if English is not our first language, to have a tool that can help us write our books flawlessly. We would all love that.

No software is perfect, right? I agree, but then I decided to test two of them… and pick the best one! I should be honest, despite their shortcomings, this software did improve my writing and gave flare to my novel.

Let’s talk about white smoke first.

Whitesmoke has been around for some time now. You can download it on your desktop, use it on your phone or do your correction online. 

The good thing is that it identified issues in your sentences and makes suggestions rather than just saying that there is an issue. It also has a good number of synonyms for you to use. Also, there are some suggestions which you can use to update your sentences. Its desktop app is quiet stable. It does not crash or nor does it hang, but grammar check depends on the internet. 

Issues. No free trial. There is no free version. So you cannot test. You have renew your membership like a gym membership. Honestly, I prefer to pay for a software which is help me write better. Another drawback is that it does not integrate with Microsoft Word. So you have to copy paste your material in the software, check it and then copy it back into your word document. Imagine doing that for your 300-page novel!. The process becomes more annoying because you have a limited number of words you can copy paste into the software. If you were able to put in a chapter, things would have been better. But they are not. There is one more thing. It does not check for all errors. Let’s be honest. No software is going to correct everything, but white smoke was missing most of them, and if you miss correcting a word, auto-correct will set in and choose the word itself and mostly its the word that you do not want!
I have not used it online or on my phone, but I do not think it was any better.
The most annoying thing was the copy paste, I reached a point and I did not renew my monthly membership. 
Perhaps it better for small documents, blogging but not for big documents. Definitely not for novels.  

So now we will go to Grammarly.

There is a free version, and it’s quiet helpful I should say. It integrates not only with Word but also with your Outlook. It picks out all the commas, semicolons, etc. a bit better than Word processors grammar check. It picks up the small stuff. But until you do not buy the subscription you do not see the difference in your writing. Again it’s not perfect. But I tested it by finishing one of my chapters and then printed it out and read it. After Grammarly, my writing sounded better. It analyses your mistakes and gives you a report. It has brought to my attention some silly mistakes I was doing. There is online English training if you like. It checks for errors in vocabulary, writing style plagiarism, etc.

Of course, there are some issues. Again, I wish this was software which was more stable. If you document big, the word version will hang your word document. This is the most annoying thing that happens when you turn on Grammarly in your word. (Yes there is an on-off option). It’s slow. It doesn’t work quick enough to finish checking the entire document. You have to keep scrolling and wait for it to finish the grammar check. Its ability to detect plagiarism is limited. It does not give many synonyms, and it will not spell out how to change active voice into passive voice. Nope. You have to do that. It doesn’t understand that ‘center’ is spelled differently in different countries and it will show it as a mistake. You cannot choose Australian English or American English. It is set for American English. Although, if you are in the US, this should not be an issue.

Lastly, it has a memory problem. For instance. If you tell it, you want to keep a sentence as a ‘passive voice.’ Ignore the suggestion. Save the document and close it. When you reopen it once more shows the same mistakes, including all the ones you choose to ignore. This can be irritating.

Grammarly Word version may be not so perfect, but the Grammarly online is much faster and more accurate (in my opinion). Ahh.. and there is no grammarly for phone or ipad as yet!

So, I have switched from Whitesmoke to Grammarly. I tolerate the latter (for now) because I have seen the difference in my writing. Not to say, for now its the best thing I have got.

images (2).jpgHope this blog has been helpful. And I suggest go with the free trial and see what you think. I use to think, I did not need this kind of software, but I was wrong…it reduced my stress and helped me improve my writing!

Good day blogging!

 

Best reads of the week: The Tao of Pooh

This week I read Tao of the Pooh... A book recommended by one of my favorite authors and trainers Brendon Burchard. 

So..Tao of the pooh... by Benjamin Hoof What is so special about this book that I read it twice in 48 hours.

First of all I like pooh.. Ohh that bear is a darling! At first I thought this book was for kids… Well… Now that I think of it I think yeah…. You might like to read it to your kids.. They love it and also understand a few things about live. Hell, I 

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wish I had read it before.

It talk about ‘ways of life’ and how to do all you want in a simpler way… an

d still stay ‘humble’ and enjoy the now!

Most of all I love the way that the book is written. It’s simple, yet gets it might surprise you for time to time. It’s funny… Light and a good read on the beach or the day you are relaxing.

It’s based on the chances teaching of Tao, Its like the fable Alchemist or Monk who sold his Ferrari... Although much lighter, the style is such that reading becomes fun! 

Most of the books that I read about personal development are like a manual… Do this.. Then that… Then this… Then that… Well… This book… FUN to read and so refreshing….I do not mind the manuals but hey your mind does get bored after a while because you are absorbing the information in a passive state. That does not mean I do not love those books… but sometimes you need something that is different. 

And this book does it!

So what can you learn from this book.. Follow the POOH way. The pooh way is do not hustle for things that are not in your control. For instance, If you were to complete a job,  and you did it on time, worked hard for it and you will find out the results for it next week. Now what is the next thing you do? Or we do… Worry? Check your emails again and again. Check our phones… you cannot focus on other things… You discuss about your worries with your family or colleagues thus empowering the ‘worry’. So… instead of focusing on the journey we focus on the results… We should understand that the results are not in your hands. Most of the things are not in our hands.. Instead why not Just sit back relax, enjoy your small wins, your ‘now’ time and have fun.  Like Pooh.

Remember: What is “true” will always endure!

AS the book is written in a very lively and humorous way, it keeps your mind active and absorbs you completely… And I think I mentioned… You can read it to you kids… It’s fun.. Although… You may end up answering a lot of question they might have.

That’s it for today. Thank you very much for reading!

 

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You do not need a perfect body… you just need a healthy one!

Here I want to share what I got out of a recent book.

As a writer I love to read and its my privilege to share my thoughts and recommend them to you. 

Recently I finished reading Michelle Bridges book “Make it Happen

 

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Wow.. The book jumps starts with honest picture of her journey. I loved the small check lists at the end of each chapters. I particularly like the direct… upfront… no nonsense advice. I felt that was really helpful…and it could help you reaching your goals of fitness and weight loss. Michelle is a ‘tough’ guru but you do need someone like her because weight loss and getting your life back on the track means… business. It means you need to be disciplined and really control yourself. 

What I can say is in this book….. you will learn something about hard work…. dedication and most of all… being your own cheerleader no matter what! I loved her advice on that. No one knows what you want, only you know.. and if you cheer yourself up… you will get there! 

There are certain things I did not like. Some of the stuff was obvious but some section of the books were really prolonged. But hey thats me….

Hope you pick up the book… and enjoy! 

 

Don’t you just love dogs!

Research shows that patting and interacting with animals lowers stress and anxiety levels

Over 850 healthcare facilities acrossphoto 2.JPG Australia involve therapy dogs in day-to-day functions. Therapy dogs are becoming more and more common today.

For instance, Curtin University has a beautiful dog named George. It loves to be around students, plays with them and is kept on campus. Most of all helps reduce their stress! I am sure welcomed by the staff!  Other universities such as Victoria University also have similar programs.

That is sooo awesome! I got a chance to play with a few today.. and it was such a good and beautiful experience. For a while it seemed all the work.. stress.. to do’s had left me!

But what about your work place? Does it allow to bring your pet at work?

Writers and dogs go a long way back!

Dogs have inspired writers to write, and they have been our constant companions during the long hours hard work!

Although… they might eat your novel…if you leave it lying around! Nevertheless they are still adorable. 🙂 And thanks to computers we can print out another one! 🙂

 

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