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Want to Hook Your Reader Immediately?

 There’s something so thrilling and delicious about reading a really hooky first sentence or engaging first pages in a book - you just know you're about to be taken on a great ride.

Is there a writer on the planet who doesn’t want their first pages to thrill, delight and intrigue?

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I Hate Big Buts and I Cannot Lie

 I want to write one day BUT I’m waiting until I retire/until work calms down/until the house is renovated/until I’ve done one more workshop /until the kids have left school etc, etc, etc, etc.

And the list goes on.

I hear variations of these excuses all the time. And sometimes I hear one or two coming out of my own mouth - goddamnit.

But there are always numerous, perfectly freaking logical reasons for not investing your time in writing and, um, so what?

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10 Excellent Reasons To Join A Writers Group

 There’s nothing like somebody waiting for you to deliver to give you a case of the giddy-ups. And how would it be if it wasn’t just one person waiting for you to deliver but a whole bunch?

Ladies and gentlemen – I give you – the writers group.

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9 Ways to Improve Your Story's Chance of Winning

 Having been on more than a few judging panels, I have a good idea how entries and applications look from the judges' perspective – and how entrants can thwart their chances of winning.

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The Benefits of Bouncing

 It’s a no-brainer to have your completed work objectively assessed, edited and critiqued before you publish or send out into the world – but what about while you’re stuck in the thick of it? I always have questions and doubts while I’m writing.

Is that first sentence powerful enough? Is that line funny? Does this moment feel emotional engaging? Is the end of the scene strong enough? Is this idea actually a bit crap? That sort of thing.

 

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  1. Re: The Most Effective Antidote for Productive Writing Ever?

    Thanks Fiona! Much appreciated. KB

    --Kathryn Burnett

  2. Re: The Most Effective Antidote for Productive Writing Ever?

    I've been writing for the whole of my children's lives. First my BA, then Masters, now Phd, and also...

    --fionakiwi

  3. Re: Can't Find Time to Write? Get Carving

    Of course you have to be focussed to write and having an end goal is a great help - Playa Flamenca

    --Playa FLamenca

  4. Re: Why Hitting The Beach Should Be Top of Your 2016 To-Do List

    I agree Kathryn. Goal setting is so important.

    --Toby

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