As a writer and author I know how overwhelming it can be to find good resources that actually do help with writing, publishing and everything we writers really need. There are of course hundreds if not thousands of writing guide sites so I have tried to compress this into only 10.
Not everyone who writes wants to be an author; some simply want to enter writing competitions, do freelance work or keep a blog. I hope this list helps you to find your way around and makes the writing process more effortless and enjoyable.
Giving a rough draft to an editor could end up costing you more
Giving your manuscript to an editor without thought could cost you more money than you need to pay. Being prepared beforehand can not only save you money, but save time on how long it takes to prepare your manuscript for publication.
Not preparing your manuscript before contacting an editor can be the difference between being ready in one month or six months.
My name's Kelly (and my name's Mike). We have been sharing a flat as joint tenants for the past 13 years and our current landlord is selling up.
We are looking forward to a new home and would like your help in receiving it.
So Who Are We?
Kelly is a writer, author and business manager of an editorial company. An absolute lover of nature, travelling, gardens, the sacred art of Feng Shui and loves meditation and Reiki healing. A professional with a heart of gold and a caring nature.
Kelly's background is in editorial work, administration, marketing and countryside management. She has a degree in Environmental Studies (B.Sc. 2:1) and A-Levels in Archaeology and Ancient History.
Michael is a retired Maths and Physics teacher, writer and soon to be author with a wealth of life and work experience ranging from the military to a property management contractor for 'The Duchy Of Cornwall' (Prince Charles' Royal Estate) and used to have a manufacturing business in Portsmouth and in Devon.
He has a B.Sc. in Physics from London University, and has taught a wide range of subjects in both private and Local Education Authority schools. Michael is a kind considerate tenant, who will go out of his way to help anyone.
So this year, I had planned to finish the April A to Z challenge, but alas life steps in sometimes and we need to flow with it.
I have been so busy with my book launch and everything involved in publishing that I did not fill my own cup up. My energy needs replenishing and too much time at the computer has dulled down my shine.
So I decided I had to let go of that which was filling more time than I was able to give it and unfortunately it was this challenge.
Thanks for popping by my challenge. And good luck with your own. If you wish to look at my earlier posts click HERE and check out my challenge from last year where I completed the whole month of April HERE.
Painted Face -Taken From Jamie Sams Sacred Path Cards:
"The Painted Face speaks of self-expression. It tells you to use your creativity in order to express your feelings, your talents, your desires. Expressing who and what you are at any given moment is healing as well as productive. As you change and grow you may feel the need to alter the way in which others perceive you. Changing your appearance, attitudes, and activities to match the new you may be called for at this time.
The keynote is that this card asks you to open up and allow others to see your Medicine. In that way, you are offering a gift to others who may have need of your talents. Don't deny how you feel, what you think, or what you can offer the world. In truth and with grace it is now time to allow the Medicine of the Self to emerge. You will never lose face by presenting the true Self minus the self-importance."
Letting go can be hard, hellos are much easier.
I have had my share of hellos and goodbyes in life, from the death of close loved ones to many friendships drifting apart or ending through challenge. I would probably say I tend to embrace relationships changing more gracefully than many because I have had many end.
So many of us have lived hard lives, often littered with perceived failure, a sense of life rejection and low self worth, but have you discovered your creativity has begun to heal you and made you grow as a person?
I started blogging at my personal blog Kelly Martin Speaks in 2007 where it became an outlet for the shy me who was scared of the world, so shy, so lacking in confidence that words became my saving grace.
Writing became the vessel to which my soul was first expressed.
Today's letter F post for the A to Z challenge may sound a bit depressing, but I promise you it won't be.
This afternoon I attended my first funeral since my fathers passing in 2002, I did not know what to expect, because I realise I have only attended one funeral and it was of such a close deep relationship like it was of my father that I was a bit apprehensive. However, this time it was beautiful to have the veil lifted from my eyes at a memoriam of love from a family I am not close to, but I have witnessed for many years.
I flow best when I flow from 'feeling'. If I drop into my heart, the emotion, 'what is', writing becomes more fluid and flows with ease.
Over the years I have developed my own way of allowing inspiration to trickle on to the pages of my notebook or out of my fingertips onto the keyboard.
Author of 'When Everyone Shines But You'. Passionate about helping others remember who they are. Manager of an editorial & publishing support business and social media whizz.
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"I have been struggling and "stuck" for the last couple years. I did not know what to expect when I started reading but was astonished that it was almost an exact timeline of my journey and what I was experiencing, reasons WHY I was experiencing these things and tools to handle all the scenarios. within a few days my life has transformed as I have validation for what I have been feeling and confirmation that life is just changing and there is a light at the end of the tunnel." ”
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