“Caitlin, can I borrow your shoes lying here by the door?” “Ok Ma, but please don’t get out of the car when you drop me at the party. If my friends see you wearing my shoes I’ll just die.” “Do they go with my outfit?” Caitlin rolled her eyes, “LOL Ma, anything would go with… Continue reading In Her Shoes
I’m so delighted to be featured as a guest writer, who’d a thunk it!! So take a peek at this post on ‘What Inspires your Writing?’ and if you’d like to give yourself a kick up the rear-end and take up a whopper of a writing challenge, then you could start by making yourself accountable to readers. You’ll feel more guilty about giving up then! And you might even be surprised by achieving something you never, ever thought possible in the space of one month.
As we prepare for the “10,000 & 10” Novel Writing Challenge, which involves writing 10,000 words and asking 10 people to read your work, some are wondering what, exactly, their readers will be required to do.
The only requirement is that, at some point during the month, they read what you wrote. Beyond that, you are welcome to ask for feedback as you write, and they are welcome to provide it, but it’s certainly not a requirement. Some writers love getting feedback as they work (think blog comments, for example!), others want little to none until their manuscripts are complete.
So it’s really up to you. We don’t want anyone?writers or readers?feeling uncomfortable or pressured. We just want you to write, and let all those great ideas flow out through your keyboard!
But if you do want feedback, what’s the best way for readers to give it?…
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It was Tuesday – therapy day. Elle paused her 4x4 BMW at the end of the driveway and checked the rear view mirror to make sure the electric gates were closing behind her. While she waited for them to shut she studied her reflection in the visor, she lifted her supersized sunnies and briefly pouted… Continue reading Forbidden Fruit
Beauty Sikelela opened her eyes at 5:58am. Twenty seven and a half years of having to wake at the same time every morning (except for Thursdays which was her day off) had taught her body to wake up before the alarm went off - probably better so with her angina problems. The bed complained as… Continue reading Of Johannesburg Dogs and Cupcakes
The girl with a bandana obscuring half of her face steps back to admire her work. Then abruptly she turns as she hears running footsteps approach the mouldering arches of her hidden world. The spray can she drops into a canvas bag clunks softly. The cloying sharpness of spray paint collides with the sourness of… Continue reading Undercover
Yes, we all struggle with mixed-up buts. Apparently it was Mother Theresa who said: "We are not called to be successful, just faithful", BUT it can be hard to silence the voices in your head that tell you: You have never done this before so you don't have any idea how to do it - you… Continue reading To DO, is DOUBT minus the mixed-up BUT!
Do you want to take the leap? Do you want to commit to a challenge to write 10,000 words in a month? It's a big commitment, but don't the biggest commitments reap the best rewards?