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’A Blaze of Light in Every Word.’

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Whenever anyone asks me why I became a writer, I will always give them the same answer – I have a great love of words. And it has been this way since I was a little girl.

Fairly early on in life I developed a habit of looking up any new words that I heard in the dictionary… and I would normally stumble across three or four others that interested me before I actually read the definition!

Yes, words totally fascinate me – that is why I became a writer!

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Writing is not Easy

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When I was younger, like most innocent children, I had very weird variety of careers I wanted to excel in, a list that changed quite often in terms of content. But it was when I turned 14 and received a literature assignment, I realized what I really wanted was to become a writer. For those who have never considered it, you should know that it is a choice which is discouraged by most family members and friends, mainly because it is not as stable as a desk job and the chances of being successful is slim. Yet for some people out there, the possible rewards are worth the risks.

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

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Has it happened to you today? You know what I’m talking about, confess! Staying schtum are we? There’s really no need to be embarrassed about it, honestly! I’ve been suffering from it the last few weeks, although for others it takes months, years, or never at all. The subject in question is writer’s block, when inspiration has dried up and you’re confronted by a blank piece of paper, or more likely nowadays a white computer screen.

Possible ideas you once thought promising are quickly dismissed and you start scanning newspapers, watching TV and browsing online all in the search for a seed of a story. Alternatively all those activities could be viewed as ways to put off writing, I’ve certainly used them for that purpose. I must say I could go on exploring Wikipedia for hours as you link from one individual or event to another. Yesterday I started on the Siege of Vienna and ended up on Gypsy Rose Lee, and no I’m not divulging how that occurred. Other distractions include shopping, exercising and happily making meals and doing household chores. Ordinarily of course the last two examples are things I have to force myself to do, it’s a pity my partner doesn’t act like my own personal Jeeves but we can’t have everything.

If you’re determined to get back into the swing of writing than there are a few tips I can offer that worked for me. I started following a daily writing routine, specifically Graham Greene’s dictum of writing 500 words a day. It’s not a huge amount if you think about it but if done each day it gradually builds up. How about skipping to another writing project rather than focusing on one that’s going nowhere? Who knows, by the time you get back to it you might have gained a new perspective on it and ideas will flow. You could investigate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as carrying out some of its techniques might prove beneficial, e.g. by listing your anxieties you could start balancing your thoughts. As I said before, don’t despair! Most writers have been in the same boat and I’m sure you’ll come out the other end.

Useful Tips to Begin Writing for Children

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Writing for kids can be one of the most enjoyable, satisfying and indeed rewarding pursuits imaginable – not to mention rather lucrative if you can actually get it right! Sadly, getting it right is far easier said than done and no primary teaching courses in the world today will offer you the elusive magic formula. Successful writing for children is a fine art and not a science, though if looking to make the very best start possible, the following tips may prove invaluable:Try and go back to when you yourself were a child, so as to relive memories, times of joy, the things in life that made you happy, excited and indeed frightened. This is the first and foremost way to tap into the emotions of the audience.

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Writer’s Important New Year’s Resolutions

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Every New Year once it arrives bring with it the hope that at the end of it our lives will be better and that we would have achieved a lot of what we sought. So to this end you as a writer make certain resolutions to move our writing forward. From completing that novel to writing short stories we want it done. But for some people their writing resolutions maybe hindering their accomplishment and progress. Here are some important writer’s resolutions you should keep in mind.

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Lean Green Recycling Machine.

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I have a natural love and respect for old Mother Earth, so I can’t help feeling a bit miffed off when I happen upon other people who are not ‘doing their bit'for the environment. After all, it’s not that difficult, is it??? Being kind to our planet should come as second nature (excuse the pun). But even if it doesn’t, then learning to be ‘environmentally responsible'really is easy peasy!

Personally I am hot on recycling and I go out of my way to be green in every other possible way. I only use the car when I really have to, I will only buy bio diesel fuel, I do not allow my children to litter and I am always walking around the house turning off any unwanted lights.

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The Zoo Tomorrow and Today

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I know it is hard enough to plan enough activities to keep the kids occupied during school holidays, but don’t forget to keep some ideas back for the odd days when school is closed for inschool staff training sessions. These pop up at annoyingly regular intervals nowadays (of course, naturally I approve of our teachers getting up to date training), but it means taking days off work and organising something that will keep the kids happy.

Fortunately, I have a trusty stand-by that I am willing to share with others. It’s actually pretty obvious, but it works all the time: the good, old-fashioned zoo.

Actually zoos nowadays are not old-fashioned at all. Gone are the days when all you could do was traipse around small, smelly cages. Instead, zoos try to get young people (and us adults, too) involved in caring for the animals, as well as teaching us all about the species.

There are interactive games that educate you about wildlife while you play; there are plenty of electronic information points; and opportunities such as naming an ant in an anthill or throwing a fish to a penguin will delight children of all ages.

something for everyone

A good zoo, such as London Zoo in Regent’s Park, has such a great range of animals that even fussy kids who declare that they are not actually interested in seeing the animals will always find something to amuse and entertain them, or to wonder at. The sight of elephants spraying each other with water, or baboons thrusting their blue bottoms at you, will make even the most sceptical and cynical child laugh, and no one can look at the muscular power of a lion or tiger without being impressed.

Then there the houses that might make kids give a happy scream of horror: the insect houses with their giant spiders or the reptile houses with the evil-looking crocodiles.

The zoo is my advice for keeping the kids occupied, and trust me, it works.

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Don’t be scared of computers: face YOUR fears!

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I am now going to make an admission which would probably stun my boss…so it’s a good job he is illiterate and doesn’t bother reading his minions blogs, right? Only kidding Dave! I love you really!

The admission is this: I am hopeless with computers…yes I can work Facebook and use email, but that doesn’t mean much in today’s amazing techno land of marvels that even kids can operate, right?

Except the thing is, I bumped into an old friend in the street – a tech friend – and the following conversation ensure:

Her: “Hey, how are you? Where do you work now?”

Me: “Oh, not bad, still slaving away. I work at an IT firm.”

Her: “Great! Me too! What software you using?”

you CAN learn about computers. Stop being afraid. The only person stopping you is YOU!

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Woody Dreams

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Woody Dreams

Had enough of your wife’s nitpicking about “changes” that need to made to the house? Unfinished repairs, backyard woes or a new closet - it never seems to end. Well, its time you pulled up your socks and become the man in charge!
Running a home is like running a factory - something will go wrong every day and you need to be around to fix it. But, unlike in offices, every time you call a carpenter, a plumber or More

There’s always room for unique business ideas

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Thanks to TV shows like Dragons'Den and The Apprentice, the message that entrepreneurs can come from any walk of life and make it has been cemented into the minds of millions of people – young and old. It just goes to show that if you have a flair for business and a passion for what you do, almost anything can be achieved. Just ask Alan Sugar.

Alan Sugar, of course, is the king of doing things his own way. Although even he isn’t immune to disaster, in the main he has enjoyed a prolific career, making him undoubtedly one of England’s most loved doers.

do your research and look at designs from different time-periods and countries. It’d be a shame to spend all that time developing something, only to discover that actually it was already done in the 1980s

Feel like you have an idea for something cool and unique? Here are a few tips to get you going:

  1. Make sure it is UNIQUE: this is probably the single biggest issue – after all, producing something unique is tough and not everyone can do it! So, if you’re going to produce Bespoke Packaging for your home-cooked dog food, make sure it’s really good and really different. This should ensure you stand out from the crowd and attract attention.

  2. Be sure to have a plan: so many businesses fail and it’s a shame. What’s even more of a shame is that usually it comes down to one thing – lack of any kind of a plan. You need to have a grasp of the numbers and the vision, so if you can’t do that then maybe you should seek some help to make it all concrete.

  3. Business partners are good, but don’t fall into the friends trap: many business fail when the partners don’t see eye to eye. It’s a classic problem and not something which is going to vanish any time soon, so be sure to go into business with someone who is trustworthy and you can really depend on!

  4. Just because it hasn’t been done doesn’t mean it CAN’T be done: if you are creating a brand-new product, though, be sure to do your research and look at designs from different time-periods and countries. It’d be a shame to spend all that time developing something, only to discover that actually it was already done in the 1980s and didn’t take off at all…

  5. Make sure there is profit: profit is not turn over, and without profit a business can’t survive! Make sure the figures are clear in your favour. After all, you’re not running a charity, are you?

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