Less SAID the better! Don’t you think? Remember these 3 Cs of Writing!


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When you are busy writing, it is easy to fall into the trap of writing the word “said” a lot, he said, she said, they said, you said, I said, we said, and so on. But what are some other words you could use instead?

Of course whether you can actually use these words for the article, poem, short story, novel, non-fiction book, or other, will largely depend on the three Cs; circumstances, context and overall content of what you are writing! And when you first put pen to paper, and you are drafting your initial thoughts, do not worry about always writing the word “said”. The most important thing for a writer to do, is to practise the art of writing and if you are too worried about being a perfectionist in those initial stages of writing whatever it is that you are working on, you won’t make much progress. In fact, you will stunt your own writing growth and that is the WORSE thing you want to do as a writer. You just want to get all the thoughts out of your head, the ideas, the dreams and visions, and not be held back by perfection. Finer details can be written as they are thought of, or can be elaborated on in the future, whatever you do, just remembering drafting is your friend and so is your writing, so don’t be too hard on it. And if “said” is the best word to use, or you are stuck for another word, just use it.

Many people want to write a book, or get a piece of writing published but they don’t. Why? Because they are worried about what people say, about being judged. I have to admit, it is scary when people can pick your work apart, having had no input into the amount of hard graft and slog you have had to go through, and life you have had to breathe into it, just for your writing to come to life and make it on the digital or paperback or hardback book shelf. But don’t let that stop you, yes, no one likes to see spelling mistakes and incorrect grammar and punctuation, but guess what? Even some of that is subjective! You heard me right! A single comma can go into a sentence in 3 different positions, for example, and still make sense, just where it is positioned can alter the way the reader thinks because of the emphasis it may or may not give to certain parts of the sentence. Then you have the American English spelling and the British English spelling, both of which are used and widely accepted, although you aren’t meant to mix the 2 in the same book, but is that going to be detrimental to getting your message across, not necessarily. Of course if you have a British character and American character and you use the American spelling of the words for the British and vice versa, it may have some impact, and if you keep chopping and changing spelling it may be annoying to the reader if they are not used to it, or it is highly noticeable to them, but if that is going to hold you back, just get your work out there and stop worrying. In my Asexual Perspectives 47 Asexual Stories book, I kept it raw and real by purposefully having both British English and American English spelling and different dialects in the same book, this way the reader knows I am not making their stories up – these are real life stories and I wanted to keep them that way, as raw and real as they come.

Now let me ask you a question. How many of those who are judging a writer’s work, have got a book published and can have the authority on what is the correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation, to always use? If they are not published themselves they don’t have that authority! It took me 2.5 years to get my first ever book out, it’s about redundancy, don’t make the mistake of never getting your piece out there. I have read books with lots of spelling and grammar mistakes but some of those sell better than others than are almost word perfect in the eyes of many – but those people are living their dreams, and leaving a lasting legacy! Don’t leave your legacy behind because those people who are judging you will be unlikely to care about you when you’re gone, but your writing will live on and help someone! Take action and write what you have always wanted to write, what you have always dreamed of writing, and what you were afraid to, and you can leave a comment below with the book you wrote and published AFTER the date of this post if it inspired you some way!

In the meantime, what other words do you like to use instead of the word “said”? Please write in the comments below as I love to read you!

As always, stay quirky and write soon,

Sandra xx

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7 Lessons Writers Can Learn From Harry Potter!


I love this video about 7 Lessons writers can learn from Harry Potter! (It does contain spoilers.)

The lesson I related to the most, was very relatable to my own life, not just writing, which was:

“Even if you have two characters that seem fundamentally different, you can find a commonality between them that creates a point of human connection.”

I think this is so very true of asexuals. Asexuality is a sexual orientation that is the lack of sexual attraction and I am hetero-asexual, not heterosexual. Meaning I am attracted to guys romantically – not sexually. Exact definition is heteroromantic.

So even though some of the asexuals I meet at my asexual meetups that I organise in my city, are almost completely different to me, we all share the one commonality of being asexual and that makes us relatable to each other and therefore helps me to meet people who I probably would never have met up with before and that is great!

Which is your favourite writing lesson from Harry Potter? Love to read you, so comment below!

As always, stay quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

7 Top Writing Tips From Author Ernest Hemingway


I think this is an amazing video compilation of 7 Top writing tips from Author Earnest Hemingway. I totally agree with him about leaving your written work for the day, still knowing what you are going to write next and NOT emptying all of your brain in this way. That way, you will never have writer’s block! – This is an invaluable tip!

I also love tip number 4, re-read what you have written before to enable continuity – I think this is so very important!

Which writing tip did you find most helpful and why?

As always, stay quirky and write soon

Sandra xx

FREE SSL CERTIFICATE: HOW TO INSTALL A FREE SSL CERTIFICATE ON YOUR WORDPRESS WEBSITE – BONUS FREE COURSE!


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Hi fellow quirkys, well I just published my 4th Kindle book, and if you are a business owner who currently pays for your SSL certificates on your WordPress website, you are going to love me (thanks in advance) because this book will save you a ton of time and money!

My new book, Free SSL Certificate: How To Install A Free SSL Certificate On Your WordPress Website For Absolute Beginners A Step-By-Step Guide”. And get a free SSL certificate installed and valid for the next 15 years, by the time you finish reading the book!! And I am offering my online course and PDF version of it, free for a limited time, for anyone who purchases the book! Worth $9.99, 3 for the price of 1. How awesome is that?

(YES, I FINALLY GOT MY QUIRKY ACADEMY LIVE AND WITH MY FIRST EVER COURSE ON IT TOO https://quirkyacademy.com – If you have followed me for a long time – you will know how many years and months I have wanted this so badly and not been able to bring it to fruition, until now! Check it out and let me know what you think!)

Here are the details:

Whether you are on a tight budget, just starting out, or have multiple domains that require an SSL certificate, you have come to the right place to save you a lot of money, as well as wasted time and energy bashing your head against a brick wall in a ton of confusion and frustration! – Yep, that was me just a short time ago! And now I am free for the next 15 years, as CloudFlare’s free SSL certificate is valid for 15 years. Whoop! Whoop! To that!

This Absolute Beginners guide, is ideal if you are a non-techy person like me, and don’t want to spend hours trawling through CloudFlare’s support forums and going back and forth between them and your web host like I did with email after email, and you want to know how to avoid the mistakes I did when starting the installation process. By making a small investment in this Free SSL Certificate, step-by-step guide, where I will be holding your hand every step of the way to get that certificate installed for you by the time you finish reading this book, you are freeing yourself from all that pain in wasted hours and misunderstanding, as well as the recurring fee for renewing your SSL certificate/s. Believe me, it’s absolutely worth every penny.

In this short Free SSL Certificate: How To Install A Free SSL Certificate On Your WordPress Website For Absolute Beginners A Step-By-Step Guide book, I will be showing you:

How to create and install a free SSL certificate on your WordPress website.

How to avoid the mistakes I made when starting the installation process.

How to change your nameservers.

How to avoid the redirect loop and prevent being locked out of your own site.

How to add 2 plugins to make sure your SSL is forced on every page to be fully complaint and performing at its best.

How to test if your site is fully secure and SSL compliant.

And so much more …

So don’t delay saving time and money, go get this now! Here is the link https://amzn.to/2M522v3

If you have any questions, please write them in the comments below!

As always, stay quirky and write very soon xx

Sandra xx

 

 

TOP 5 NOVEL WRITING TIPS FROM SUCCESSFUL AUTHORS


From one writer to another, any inspirational writing tips I like to pass on! I thought these top 5 novel writing tips from successful authors, are equally applicable to many forms of writing, not just novels!

Have you got any tips of your own that you would like to share?

Until next time, stay quirky and write soon.

Sandra

 

 

 

 

Book Quotes For Writers And Book Lovers! Why The Books I Write Are My Best Friends!


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As a Writer and Author, I often feel like some of the books I write are my bestest friends, because just like a best friendship, I spend so long working on them and with them. My books know my secrets, and sometimes they even pass some of those onto others, but there are many secrets and parts of my life that they never share, because of the difficult experiences I went through when I wrote them that are personal to me. My books helped me to get through those difficult times, without revealing to the public what happened. They listen to me and raise me up when I am at my worst and they educate me when they speak of their own free will of expression. My Break Through The Barriers Of Redundancy book took me two and a half years to write and it really got me through some difficult times in my life and I will always be very thankful and grateful to it for that.

I sometimes think that books are the magic of life and I still think that, but I believe you can create your own magic in life and you can make dreams come true! I know I have made a lot of my own dreams come true in life, and I still strive to do that every single day of my life! If you want to be in a horse drawn carriage, you can hire one! If you want to have your own castle, you can build one. If you want to be a princess or prince, you can be the prince or princess of your own life, you can buy the outfit, learn out how act like one or be a quirky prince or princess, and even change your name to include prince or princess! (You’re tempted, I know). I have a dress that I call my princess dress, because I feel like it is one, and I feel like a Disney Princess in it!

Have you ever felt that the books you write or read are your best friends?

How do you create magic in your own life?

Which quote do you resonate with the most?

Please comment below – I love to know what you think?

As always, stay quirky.

Love Sandra xx

Merry Christmas! Behind The Scenes Of Sandra’s Grotto!


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Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for all of your support, love, care and time in 2017. Lets make 2018 the best year of our lives. Thanks for being on this Quirky Books writing journey with me, I love you so much. I love this blog and I love hearing from you xx

Always keep writing and never give up on your dreams.

In the new year I will have my “How To Manage Fibromyalgia Like A Superhero Rockstar – Fibro Girl To The Rescue” book out. It is about how to manage fibromyalgia to have less pain and more energy. Part autobiographical, it is told from my own experiences, knowledge, and using my Quirky Methods! I hope it helps a ton of people! There is a lot of life skills in it – so even if you don’t have fibro, it will still be a good read. I have some more editing to do before I can publish it, but in essence the meat is done. And next year, I will have my first Quirky Academy course out and that academy will be my main focus for next year!

You may recognise this pic from my last post, as it is the thumbnail for this video. This is the first time I have ever shown a tour of my flat. Happy Christmas!

Much love and light to you. Keep shining and bringing your joy to those who are blessed to know you.

Stay quirky and write soon,

Sandra xxxxxxxx

Writing Challenge! Spice It Up!!


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Instead of: Nice Use: Gracious
Instead of: Hard Use: Challenging
Instead of: Good Use: Splendid
Instead of: Bad Use: Dreadful
Instead of: Sad Use: Somber
Instead of: Happy Use: Content
Instead of: Like Use: Treasure
Instead of: Mean Use: Malicious
Instead of: See Use: Glimpse
Instead of: Think Use: Deem
Instead of: Big Use: Colossal
Instead of: Little Use: Petite
Instead of: Walked Use: Shuffled
Instead of: Ran Use: Sprinted
Instead of: Laughed Use: Snickered
Instead of: Yelled Use: Wailed

What words do you substitute for others, to spice up your writing?

I am currently about three quarters of the way through writing my short book, “How To Manage Fibromyalgia Like A Superhero Rockstar”, as always with my Quirky Books, I with be giving you a different and unconventional approach to this illness for life and telling you some of my very quirky and unconventional ways of managing it; to lead a happy, vibrant and energetic life.

As always, stay quirky and write soon.

Sandra xxxx