Finished the First Draft

Here is excellent advice on what to do with your completed first draft, and how to go about the editing process. I’m keeping this info handy!

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Finished the First Draft

Once you have poured your heart and soul onto the page, you can’t help dreaming this manuscript could be a best seller. I think most writers have that thought cross their mind each time they type The End.

Before you start planning on spending the millions your book is going to make, you need to do a couple of things first.

  1. Set the work aside for a week to a month, depending on how impatient you are. Let things settle in your mind, work on another piece of writing or an outline for a new story. Do not touch what you just finished, no matter how great the urge.

Tic-toc. Tic-toc. Tic-toc.

  1. Time has passed. Pick up the manuscript you finished and read it. Keep a notebook handy, because you will find things that need to be fixed. Whether it’s punctuation, grammar, or plot holes. Make…

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The Email Marketing Trap Fiction Writers Must Avoid

The Email Marketing Trap Fiction Writers Must Avoid. I do not have permission to copy/paste the article here, If you are struggling with getting your book noticed, trying to promote your work, and feeling a little overhwhelmed, please click on the http link above. It may prove helpful in determining whether or not email/newsletter … Continue reading The Email Marketing Trap Fiction Writers Must Avoid

Feeding is not nourishing…

King David, the Psalmist, prayed, “Lord, restore unto me the joy of my salvation.” Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit, which God gives to us freely when we keep our relationship with Him in sync. Praising God with my full attention, with my whole heart gives me supreme joy. “I could sing of His love forever. . .”


Busy-ness and stress are no strangers in my life. I am adept at managing it all. To replenish my energy, I meditated, slept the requisite 6 hours, ate nutritious food, made lists and check them off – everything to ensure daily life ticks over as it should. Well, I probably could have gotten more than 6 hours sleep if I ‘gave up’ writing but life would be unbearable :-).

Then a friend reminded me to nourish myself. It was then I realised in the midst of ‘doing’ living, I’d somehow forgotten to care for myself. You see, to look after myself as in to nourish myself takes more than eating the right foods and sleeping the recommended number of hours. I know this.

In essence, nourishing is more than meeting biological or physiological needs. Nourishing is about feeding the spirit and soul. By the way, nourish comes from the…

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… yeez like short stories with a twist of humour?… here’s yer man… Author Alan Brindley…

Intriguing intro to this short story. I’d like to read the rest.

Seumas Gallacher

…Author, Alan Brindley’s first short story sortie on to the Great God Amazon Kindleis up and running… have a look… :


Alan was born in Walsall, West Midlands but has also lived in Sheffield, Dudley and Wolverhampton. He currently lives in Rugby Warwickshire.He began writing at an early age and would often spend hours writing stories and songs. Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl and Susan Townsend were early inspirations and Alan would often attempt to imitate their work as a child.After reading a number of Simon Kernick stories in his 20’s Alan began to consider taking up serious writing. 

Finally in 2015 after a number of abandoned projects he completed his first short story ‘Nigel’s Luck’ and it was published on the amazon kindle in June.

Alan loves to read thrillers and cites Simon Kernick, Mark Billingham, Stephen Edger, Chris Carter and Oliver Stark as his influences…

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This is so beautifully worded. Jesus is our role model and the perfecter of our faith. Scripture tells us to have the mind of Christ, not another human being. We are admonished to follow the Holy Spirit, our leader and guide into all truth (not philosophy and science that discredit God)

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If we could have achieved perfection on our own, we wouldn’t have needed Jesus. – Jennifer Dukes Lee

We work so hard to have perfection in every area of our lives. Yet, whose perfection are we working to achieve? Is it the perfection of the Pinterest mom? Do you feel the need to be extra crafty, a perfect, DIY gal, making all the cute little cupcakes and crafts for the party? Is it the homeschool supermom who knows exactly what her child needs in every subject and on every lesson? Is it the grill perfect dad, knowing just when to turn that perfect steak, when to add that very last seasoning to make the meal of a lifetime for all your friends to drool?

Or maybe it’s that perfect businessman, knowing exactly when to press in for the deal and when to walk away, leaving them begging for more? Maybe…

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The Ten Commandments of Blogging

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A Holistic Journey

1. Thou shalt not waste readers’ time. Offer up thy readers a worthy sacrifice that they might take and be satisfied.

2. Thou shalt honor thy muse. Be prepared in season, out of season to seize inspiration when she comes that ye might write, dance, photograph, paint thy bliss. Be not caught without thy scroll, ink, pen, iGadget, camera. Thou wilt not redeem the moment the locust has eaten.

3. Thou shalt preview thy draft and spell-check before publishing that the Angel of Vengeance shall not fly over thy blog in the night.10commandmts2

4. Always speak ye the truth.

5. Thou shalt not take up the like button in vain, foremost on this blog. It is holystic ground. Thou shalt in integrity read the posts before clicking anything lest thou incite my wrath. Know ye that I see thou couldst not have read four of my brain-intensive posts in one…

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