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I have been a professional writer/editor/trainer for more than 30 years. Currently, I am full-time carer for my mother who has dementia. She's almost 93 and in good health and spirits. I love reading, movies, television, cooking, music and socialising. more...

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I've published 16 articles that have been viewed 22,708 times. I've received +43 recommendations as an expert for my writing. I've answered 19 questions and received +6 positive votes.
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Critiquing another writer’s work can be a daunting task. This is especially the case if you consider your writing experience is not at the same level as the writer you are critiquing. This article provides a logical procedure for critiquing and the correct etiquette for this important sharing of opinions.
Published by Susan Jane 59 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +0 votes | 0 comments
Many years ago, I wrote a short fiction story. It had two primary characters, one secondary character and one minor character. As short stories go, it was amusing but lacking in substance. After some consideration, I decided to write the story as a novel. During the course of my character and story development, the players became more real and the story evolved quickly. This article provides strategies for writers to turn a short story into a novel by expanding the lives of the characters. It al...
Published by Susan Jane 59 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +1 votes | 0 comments
Fiction writing is a craft that requires knowledge of writing techniques which can be acquired in many different ways. Some writers choose to study creative writing at a recognised tertiary institution to gain a Diploma or Degree in the subject. Others attend courses and seminars and workshops to expand their knowledge. One aspect of becoming a successful fiction writer is to join a group to share knowledge and mix with like-minded people. This article explores what writers should look for in a ...
Published by Susan Jane 59 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +0 votes | 0 comments
When a reader picks up a book, they expect to connect with the characters quickly. If this doesn’t happen, chances are the book will be put aside in favor of one that has more impact in terms of the characters. This article explores ways writers can create memorable book characters by using a simple strategy of looking at all aspects of the visual and psychological qualities of each “book person”.
Published by Susan Jane 61 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +3 votes | 1 comments
Not every creative writer should aspire to becoming an overnight publishing success. Some people like to write just for the sake of it – as a creative outlet. This article explores reasons why people should value the ability to put their thoughts and feelings into words. It provides examples of how creative writing can provide a sense of wellbeing.
Published by Susan Jane 61 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +4 votes | 1 comments
It doesn’t matter which type of writing you are involved in, writing precision will go a long way towards your commercial success. This article explains some of the elements of writing precision and how it can enhance the overall impact of what you write. It also reinforces the necessity to strive for a higher standard of writing so that it becomes automatic when you sit down to write an article, story, thesis, report or any other written document.
Published by Susan Jane 62 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +6 votes | 2 comments
For most writers, especially beginners, writing a fiction novel is not a matter of sitting down at the computer and writing the story from beginning to end. There are many things that need to be considered before managing a book-length writing project can be achieved with confidence. This article provides an insight into 6 things that most beginning writers need to take account of before embarking on the serious task of writing a fiction novel.
Published by Susan Jane 62 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +2 votes | 1 comments
Becoming a successful fiction writer involves more than just writing. Each person who aspires to become a published fiction author must divide their time between writing and professional development. This article explains why professional development is vital to a fiction writer’s quest for publication. It also advises writers about things they can do to enhance their existing knowledge of fiction writing and how successful writers have used these strategies to further their writing caree...
Published by Susan Jane 62 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +5 votes | 2 comments
Creative writers often live in two worlds – the real one and another that is a repository for their creative ideas. Being just a bit eccentric is harmless. In fact, being able to escape from reality to a place where creativity flourishes can be an advantage. This article explores why some creative writers have a slightly eccentric personality.
Published by Susan Jane 62 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +4 votes | 3 comments
Something all writers aspiring to become published should think about before they write a book is whether its concept translates to the book being “marketable”. This is completely separate from the book being “publishable”, but the two things necessarily go hand in hand. For a book to be publishable, it must be of a very high standard in every aspect. This encompasses many elements that make up the finished product. It is the “product” that has to be “ma...
Published by Susan Jane 62 months ago in Writing & Poetry | +2 votes | 1 comments
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