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Chris Baty demystified novel writing in “No plot? No Problem!”

Chris Baty demystified novel writing in “No plot? No Problem!”

Novel writing is the desire of many but only a few get round to ever writing the first draft. Of course this is due to both internal and external reasons. Internal reasons Internal reasons may vary amongst individuals but the major reason is fear. A number of us allow the fear of failure to cripple us before we even attempt to achieve a goal. Here are a few quotes to help conquer your fears and challenge you to step out. “Failure...

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For Aspiring Writers – Four Techniques to Finding Out What to Write

For Aspiring Writers – Four Techniques to Finding Out What to Write

If you have a desire in you to write, one of the hesitations you may think you have is what to write. The challenge is not really what to write but I believe aspiring writers are more conscious of criticism than actual writing. When you remove your focus from what people will say about your writing  to actually writing, you will find out you have articles, novels (fiction and non-fiction), poems  and perhaps other genres within you....

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It is good for older children to earn money

It is good for older children to earn money

A friend told me of her friend who finished school, got a job and left home to stay on her own. Stacy was suddenly under pressure because she could not understand money especially the spending and saving part of it. Stacy exclaimed, “Toilet tissue is expensive!” If Stacy had earned pocket money while in school, she would not be surprised at the cost of toilet tissue. Her bewilderment implied that her parents must have catered for all her...

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Eight reasons an unemployed should blog

Eight reasons an unemployed should blog

I listen to and empathize with my unemployed friends and usually because of our different fields of study; I am at loss at how to help them find jobs. I ask the basic questions such as what have you done, where have you applied and have you gotten responses. After a period of listening and encouraging them to have patience, I suggest blogging. At least I am glad that two of them have taken my advice and started blogging. In fact one of...

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Leaders and followers

Leaders and followers

I was in a forum where it was being debated who should be blamed for the decadence found in some countries. Some insisted leaders should be blamed while some argued it should be the followers. I believe bad followership stems from bad leadership. A mark of a good leader is loyal followers’ (The Message) So if there are bad followers then their leader should examine himself. The kidnapping escapades of the Niger Delta in Nigeria were...

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The Serekunda Market

The Serekunda Market

As we drove towards Serekunda Market in The Gambia, I was not sure what to expect as it was my first time in the market. There was the challenge of where to park the car; so my friend and I had to get down for the driver to find a place to park. While we trekked towards the market, I saw some traders by the roadside. One spread his second hand clothes on top of a car parked by the road. The car was very dirty and did not appear to have...

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Five Reasons to Visit Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

It would be catastrophic to be in South Africa and not go to Cape Town which has been voted by the annual poll of travel and leisure magazine as the 6th best tourist city. It would even be more catastrophic not to visit Table Mountain! Table Mountain which was initially known as sea mountain is a level plateau mountain that is over 1000 metres high fringed by devils peak on the east and lion’s head on the west. It is believed to be a...

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