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How to pick an occupation for your writing

So, in every story there has to be an occupation. The characters have to be doing something with their lives. They can be in school, college, university, or in an office. It doesn’t matter where they are but what matters is that you want to be able to do justice to whatever you pick.

The key to succeeding in this aspect of your writing is ‘research’. You may be wondering;

“well, I got into the writing business so that I can leave all the stuff I left in school behind”.

I am here to say that what you learned in school applies so much to writing. Today, I am going to show you the best approach to researching the occupation for your characters.

  • Pick a career you know a little about

This is usually my go-to so that the research won’t be so daunting. If you already know a little bit about something, then you have an idea on where to start. For instance, when writing my first book, Hired Fiancee, I picked three main careers. They are medicine, law and CEO. At the time I wrote it, I wanted to be a lawyer and I was going off to university to study law. I had done law at A levels, so I knew where to start.

As for medicine, well it was a supporting career in the book so I didn’t have to go into it as much. I used my knowledge from all the medical programs I watched on TV. So, I had something to start with.

As for being a CEO, I watch a lot of programs and I happened to have been studying economics at the time so I had an idea of where to start from. So, I just had to pick what sort of company the CEO had to run and that’s easier because I had so many things I was interested in at the time. I just picked one of them.

This helped so that the research process wasn’t as daunting.

  • Observe

This is definitely another tip that is very important. Observe people around you, people you see on the street. Just observe everyone and anyone you can. Don’t stare of course but observe. Watch how real people do certain things and it’ll help you to make your characters real.

If you have kids and your setting is in a school then observe your kids in the morning before they leave and in the afternoon when they come back, if you can. I observed certain careers that existed in my family and it gave me an idea of how to write my characters into existence.

  • Ask questions

My mum always told me that if you always ask questions then you would never be lost. Just ask people, very politely about their careers or school.

You will be surprised at how much people will talk to you. Sometimes, people actually want someone to listen to them so kill two birds with one stone. Give someone a listening ear and gain more insight into an occupation to help your writing.

Hope this was really helpful, now go out there and improve your writing.

Till next time. xx

 

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Ultimate guide to Achievements

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We all have goals that we want to achieve but usually it’s one thing or the other that stops us. In this post, I am referring to out more realistic goals.

I am going to give you the ultimate guide to achievements. If you are interested then keep reading.

I am to address three things that you will need if you want to achieve something.

A clear goal

This is probably the most important one out of the three. If you don’t have a clear goal then you would drown trying to do so much. When I was doing my A levels, we had to set SMART targets all the time. I didn’t like them but I have to admit, they really helped. It stands;

  • S – smart
  • M – measurable
  • A – achievable
  • R – realistic
  • T – time bound

All this mainly means is having a goal that is perfectly clear so that you have something to focus on and something to work towards rather than being drowned in so much.

Determination

So, after you have set a clear goal, you need to be determined if not you won’t achieve anything. For instance, when I was finishing up my novel, I had to be determined. I had a goal which was to finish and publish my book. I had to incorporate determination in order to finish up my novel.

Determination is all about putting the work in. Set a schedule for yourself, make out time to do the project. Don’t let the day just pass by, make plans to be pro-active.

Focus

Last but not the least, you need focus. It may be easy to set the goal, it may even be easy to talk yourself into sitting at that place to do the work. The real hard work comes when you actually have to focus and do it. Take studying for instance, it is easy to pack your books that you are going to the library. It is easy to take all the highlighters and pens. The hard work comes in when you have to sit there for hours and actually study.

So, what I usually suggest is that you should observe yourself to understand how long your attention span is. How long can you stay focused on a project? This is because everyone is different. Some people can stay focused for an hour or two. Some can stay focused for thirty minutes or less. You need to understand you because only then will you be able to truly be pro-active.

 

Well, I hope this has been helpful.

Have an awesome week everyone and we’ll talk soon.

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How I keep my storyline organized.

Writing a novel is not an easy task because you cannot write everything in a few days. It took me forty-nine weeks to write Hired Fiancée. I dedicated myself to writing a thousand words a week.

The hardest part about the whole thing is keeping your storyline organized. It is not supposed to be too fast or too slow. So, that is what I am going to address today.

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For instance, I may not write anything for some weeks; maybe due to writers’ block or school stuff. This takes you a step back because you have been out of contact with the story.

You don’t want a book that is extremely unrealistic (except that is what you are going for). If not, then you need a method to keep your storyline intact.

I am going to give you a few of my tips on how I accomplish that;

  • Read the previous chapters

This is maybe the most important one because you don’t want to write something that has already happened or something that doesn’t relate to the previous ones. I can read as far as ten chapters back if it would help me get back into the story. It is like understanding your characters all over again. It is like relating to the story all over again. In that moment, read it like a reader and not the writer. As a reader, you know what should happen next. And who knows, you may get a different point of view and write a better story.

  • Make notes of the things that have happened so far

I usually advice for this to be done on a separate page or a piece of paper. Writing with your hand helps you think clearer, well for me it does. But do you, so either on a paper or on a different page on your laptop or whatever you use to write. I bullet point the events that have happened so far and it helps me with what I should do next. My bullet points turn into a diagram because I try all the different options.

  • Watch movies

You may be thinking, ‘why should I watch a movie to help write a book?’ But it helps so much. Think about it like this, in a movie they have an hour and thirty minutes to make a movie seem realistic. Any good movie leaves you feeling satisfied. In that short time, if you didn’t feel like it was rushed or it was too slow then the movie was good. That is how your book should feel even though it can be longer. You don’t want the activities to drag or be too fast. I usually watch movies when I feel like my storyline is slightly disorganised.

Also, please if you have more ways of keeping your story organised then don’t hesitate to share so we can all learn.

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Road to accomplishments

The road to accomplishment is a seriously hard road and it is not for the light-minded.

What I mean is simple, if you quit things when the going gets tough then accomplishments will be far away from you. This is because in order for you to accomplish something, you have to face trials and set backs.

Anyone who has accomplished something will always tell you that you will face issues and problems that in the moment seem impossible to defeat.

The truth is, you just need to be dedicated and motivated. You need to be determined to face those battles, learn what you need and get past them.

For example, the road to me publishing my first book was a really hard one. I took a year off school ( after my A levels and before university ) and that was the time I decided to publish my work. When I made this decision, I had no idea how to go about it.

I was a virgin to the book industry. I read countless blogs, did so much research, watched videos, listened to podcasts. I made so many mistakes and I faced one too many issues but in the end, I became a published author.

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