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The value of giving writers thoughtful feedback

Giving feedback to writers is often a challenge.

All too often someone giving feedback feels caught between trying not to dishearten the writer and being honest. If the reader has undertaken to give feedback as a friend, the relationship becomes even more fraught. 

However, if all aspiring writers receive is praise without helpful suggestions for improvement those writers will never work on areas to improve. They won't know what they don't know. The point of overly careful  feedback can be completely missed or misunderstood by the writer.

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by Suraya Dewing

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by Suraya Dewing

Selling Your Book: On How To Become A Millionaire by Andrew Harris

 

I’d love to say my book MORE has sold three million copies, been translated into 28 languages and the film rights have just been snapped up by Netflix. But I’d be lying.
Over the last six years, I’ve learned a few hard lessons about selling books. There is a code that can be cracked. My time will come.

Ghost Writing Challenges

Ghost Writing

By Hemali Ajmera (India)

I have come across very few writers who write solely for the joy of the craft. The commercial aspect always seeps in eventually. Most good writers try to blend the commercial aspect with the sheer joy of creating something that has truly inspired them. The resulting product is therefore unique.

Most writers write with their reader in mind. What would they like to read? What kind of language creates the greatest impact?  How they can develop the plot line to make it compelling?

Ghost Writing Challenges

Ghost Writing

By Hemali Ajmera (India)

I have come across very few writers who write solely for the joy of the craft. The commercial aspect always seeps in eventually. Most good writers try to blend the commercial aspect with the sheer joy of creating something that has truly inspired them. The resulting product is therefore unique.

Most writers write with their reader in mind. What would they like to read? What kind of language creates the greatest impact?  How they can develop the plot line to make it compelling?

Writers are Alchemists.

by Suraya Dewing

Writing reviews is good for writers

Writing reviews is good for writers  

Story telling on paper and for film is the same

The principles of good storytelling in film also apply to storytelling on paper.

The litmus test of a good story is how a main character reacts to challenge. At the start of the story he or she is one kind of person and by the end transformed into another. The protagonist overcomes obstacles along the way and when he or she reaches journey’s end the world and the protagonist are changed. This is referred to as the Hero’s Journey.

Amazing Story telling in K-Drama (Korean drama)

Stories remain locked in our imaginations until we describe what we see so that others can share the experience.
 
This holds true for all storytelling across all media.
 
I thought I had seen the best of storytelling in British and European drama. This was until I discovered Korean drama (K-drama) on Netflix. I am swept away by its pin-point portrayal of life.
 

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