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Have you ever wanted to write a novel, memoir or short story but don’t have the time? Do you have the ideas, but the words don’t flow? I can help. Contact me for a confidential chat.

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From your home page to your about me details and everything in between, you want a website that has snappy, interesting, high quality content. Let me create it for you.

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If you have a product that you want others to know about, you need a sales letter that is going to get attention – and keep it. I can write that letter for you.

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Are you thinking of starting an email campaign but don’t know what to include? Or perhaps you want to send a special email to that special someone, but you can’t think of the right words. Contact me and we can discuss exactly what I can do to help.

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Selling products online can be an excellent way of making a business, but if your products sound boring and your descriptions are dull, no one will want them. I’ve written thousands of products descriptions, and I can make your products shine.

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I studied English theory at university and have always been interested in the mechanics of writing, but it wasn’t until 2010 when my daughter was born that I started to write professionally. Although this was out of necessity (it was a job that I could do from home, and it brought in enough to pay the bills!), it soon became a passion. Since that time, I have been published in over 40 fiction anthologies and have written seven novels.

Find out more about my publications on my Amazon Author Page.

I am now a full-time freelance writer. The majority of my time is spent writing SEO-friendly blog posts for businesses in all kinds of niches from bakeries to florists to roofing specialists and plenty more in between. 

Between 2014 and 2020 I was the features and online editor for insideKENT magazine.

Today I live with my husband, daughter, and a cat called Cheryl in a cottage in the Kent countryside, writing, painting, and – whenever possible – watching horror films.

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Health Problems That Can Occur After A Car Accident

When you are involved in a car accident, it’s plain to see some of the injuries that can result. You’ll often have cuts and possibly deeper lacerations, as well as red marks on your skin. You might even have broken bones, depending on how severe the accident was. 

However, these initial injuries might not be the end of things, and more can occur days or even weeks after the accident. This usually happens because, due to the stress of the accident, the body is flooded with hormones and chemicals such as adrenalin and endorphins. It is only when the danger has passed and the body reverts back to normal chemical levels that more injuries might be noticed; if they are very serious, you may even need medical attention, as well as a car accident lawyer to help you claim compensation. Read on to find out what health problems can occur after an accident so you know what to look out for. 

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Headaches 

Headaches are a common problem that can occur well after a car accident has taken place. There are several reasons that you might develop headaches including whiplash, concussion, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), muscle tension, or even head trauma that you were unaware of. 

No matter what you think the cause might be, or even if you can’t think of any reason to have developed headaches, you must seek medical attention right away as headaches and migraines can be extremely dangerous and indicate a serious underlying problem. 

Bruising 

Bruising is not something that happens immediately in most cases anyway, and it will take some time to develop after an accident of any kind, including a car accident. However, if the bruising is happening in a large area, or in an area that you hadn’t thought you had injured, you should seek advice from an expert. 

Bruising is a sign of internal bleeding (which can be fatal if left untreated), and the discoloration of the skin is blood pooling beneath it. Large bruises on the back, sides, or abdomen that occur days after an accident can be particularly worrying. 

Numbness 

If you suddenly lose the feeling in any part of your body after a car accident and it is numb to the touch, then you may have sustained nerve damage. This can take some time to manifest since the nerves will try to keep working, but as you use the area that is affected, the damage can become worse until you can’t feel your legs or arms (for example) at all. 

Tingling can be a sign of nerve damage too, and it is often the precursor to complete numbness. In both cases, go to an ER or speak to a doctor as soon as you can; never damage can be reversed if acted upon quickly enough. 

PTSD 

We have briefly mentioned PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) already, but it is a big problem that can occur many days or weeks, or even months after a car accident. PTSD happens when the body’s fight or flight response doesn’t ‘switch off’, meaning that the sufferer is always in a state of alertness. This will become physically exhausting, and mentally it can lead to depression, stress, and anxiety. 

Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, insomnia, high blood pressure, withdrawal from society, and mood changes among many other things. 

Game, Set and Match at Park House

Midhurst hotel offers new lunch and lawn games package

Park House’s new Game, Set and Match is the perfect way to enjoy some time with much missed family and friends this summer with guests able to enjoy games and activities on the hotel’s immaculate lawns including tennis, golf and croquet, and the table set for afternoon tea or lunch with a wine pairing to match.

Lunch or afternoon tea can be enjoyed either inside the House or on the outdoor terrace, the ideal location to enjoy Park House’s tranquil West Sussex setting and country air. Showcasing locally sourced ingredients from British artisans and makers, the lunch menu boasts dishes from classic fish, chips and mushy peas to freshly made sandwiches and soup of the day, as well as decadent desserts.

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All the favourites are included for afternoon tea, with scones, clotted cream and jam as well as sandwiches, savoury treats and a selection of cakes, washed down with a variety of tea and infusion options – or a glass of champagne, for the ultimate leisurely afternoon.

Kids can play while the adults relax and dine, or a family tournament can take place on the House’s expansive lawns with a game of croquet, as well as the option to use the tennis courts and 6-hole golf course.

Stuart Brown, Operations Manager at Park House, says: “There are few better ways to while away a summer day than gathering together for some dining and outdoor games, especially against the backdrop of the Sussex countryside! We’re looking forward to welcoming our guests back, and maximising the use of our leisure facilities and beautiful setting is the ideal way to do so after the difficulties we’ve all faced living through a pandemic.”

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Park House Hotel, Bepton, West Sussex. 07/10/2020 – Photograph by Sam Frost ©2020

About Park House Hotel

Situated close to the historic market towns of Midhurst, Petworth, Petersfield and Chichester, Park House is nestled in the heart of rural West Sussex in an area of outstanding natural beauty. The House has sensitively evolved into an easy-going bolthole for friends and family looking to get together and comprises 22 country-house style rooms, a spa offering the perfect cocoon from city and corporate life, golf and grass tennis courts, outdoor pool and croquet lawn, along with a laid-back dining experience which champions classic food from the local region. With the option of a house takeover, Park House is the perfect home from home for great hospitality and standout experiences. 

What To Consider When Starting A Business After Retirement

Just because you have retired, that doesn’t mean you have to sit around doing nothing. In fact, that’s the worst thing you can do – it might be nice for a week or two, but imagine how bored you would become after that, especially if you have been working for many decades before you decide to take retirement. business after retirement

It’s a good idea to stay as active as possible, while also taking the chance to relax, when you are retired. This might mean ensuring you get enough exercise, taking up a new hobby, going back to school to learn about a subject you’ve always been interested in, or maybe taking on a part-time job to keep your brain busy and to give you some extra income. 

Some retired people even choose to start their own businesses. If this sounds like something you might be interested in doing because you’ve always wanted to try or because you know you have a great idea, here are some important points to consider. 

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Think About Cost 

Age should not be a barrier to anything you want to do, including starting a business after retirement, but the cost may well be. This is why it’s crucial to put enough time and energy into researching all the costs that you might have to pay out for when starting a business and try to limit them as much as you can.

There are some businesses you can start for almost nothing, so these may be worth looking at more closely. It will depend on what you want to do and how much money you can afford to invest. If you don’t want to use your savings (which may be all you have since you have retired), then an investor could be a worthwhile road to go down. Although business loans exist for startups, this is where your age may go against you.

Use Your Experience 

Something you will have that a younger person might not, and therefore something that will help you greatly when it comes to starting a business after retirement, even if you’ve never done it before, is experience. Not necessarily experience in business or even in the sector you want to launch your business in, but life experience. 

By now, you will know what your strengths and weaknesses are, and you can use these to your advantage within your business. You’ll also know what’s really important and what just seems to be. Plus, you’ll have a vast network of friends, family, and acquaintances to gain advice from and, at the very least, to help motivate you. 

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Buy A Business 

Starting a business after retirement from nothing takes much more time and effort than you might imagine, and when you have just retired and have been working hard your whole life, this might not appeal, even if you are very keen to get back into some kind of work, and would ideally like to be self-employed. 

It might sound as though you would have to compromise, but you don’t; you can buy a franchise instead. All the initial hard work (and much of the ongoing marketing) will be done for you, and although it will cost you a reasonable amount to buy a franchise, you can start earning straight away and use your skills in the best way for you. 

How To Know If You Need Braces

Have you ever thought about braces as an adult? Have you ever look in the mirror and thought that it would be nice to have straighter teeth? Or perhaps there is a different reason why you think braces would be a good idea. Sometimes it can be hard to know whether you really need them; if that is how you feel, read on for some useful advice and some tips on what to look out for. 

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Your Dentist Has Suggested It 

Gone are the days when braces were only for teenagers who had lost their milk teeth but whose adult teeth had come in wonky or too close together. That certainly used to be the case, but today braces are for everyone, and it could well be that your dentist has suggested you get braces to straighten your teeth. If this is something that has been commented on during a consultation with your dentist, it’s certainly worth paying attention to. After all, they are experts when it comes to teeth and oral health in general, and if they feel that braces would help you, you might want to discuss your options with a specialist. 

Gapping And Spacing 

If you look at a celebrity like Madonna or Zac Efron or Elton John, you’re sure to notice that they have gaps in their teeth. This is part of what makes them unique, and because it’s so well known, they wouldn’t change it now that they are famous. 

But that doesn’t mean that you have to like the gaps in your teeth. In fact, it might even be something that causes you problems with your confidence. Getting braces as an adult to correct this issue and close those gaps up can make a huge difference to your smile and ensure that your confidence levels are improved dramatically. 

Overcrowding

Conversely, you might have too many teeth that are too close together and they are crowding one another, the opposite of spacing and gapping. In some cases, this can cause problems when eating, although most of the time it will be a personal choice, much like when it comes to close a gap, as to whether you have braces to correct the issue. 

In this instance, you might also need to have some teeth removed to accommodate the space and ensure that the remaining teeth can be healthy and spaced correctly. 

Difficulty Biting 

Sometimes having braces fitted is not about changing the look of your teeth as such (although that will be one of the most obvious outcomes); it might be necessary due to a health issue. If you can’t bite or chew your food properly because of the way your teeth are set in your mouth you can develop eating problems. You might not eat enough because you simply aren’t able to do it. Or perhaps you’ll eat too much of the wrong types of food like ice cream or pudding because you don’t have to chew it. Plus there are many other problems that can develop too, including the fact that your speech may be affected. 

If this is your situation, then it is your doctor rather than your dentist – or a combination of the two collaborating – that will suggest the changes that need to be made. The sooner you can have your aligners fitted the better, and the change in your life and health will be amazing. 

How To Stay Productive When Launching Your Own Business

Some people are perfectly happy working for someone else and then retiring to finally get around to all the things that they just didn’t have time for when they were employed. For many, this is an idyllic way to live, and it’s exactly what they’ve planned and they’re not interested in launching their own business. 

Others, however, don’t want this. They want to start their own business, and the idea of retirement just doesn’t suit them at all. Whether they decide to become a business owner instead of working for someone else, after working for someone else, or even after retirement, the timing isn’t important. What’s important is staying productive when the idea comes to you and when you’re launching your own business. All too often people know they want to become an entrepreneur, but due to a lack of productivity it never actually happens. Read on to find out how to get over this hurdle and make a name for yourself in the world of business. 

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Set Goals And Targets 

One of the biggest reasons for a lack of productivity is not having any goals and targets in place. Or having goals, but they are goals that are just too vague and out of reach to truly be effective. When you don’t have goals in place, you won’t know what you are meant to be doing, and you won’t know which decisions to make to take you to the next step. 

You will need to have long-term goals, of course, but short-term and medium-term goals are also crucial, much like when you are blogging. Break each larger goal down into smaller targets so that you can easily achieve each one and move forward. The more you are able to achieve, the more confident you will become, and this will give you the momentum to keep going. 

Try to set goals for the day each morning and work through them. They might not seem like big things, but when they are all added up you will find you have come a long way and been extremely productive when launching your own business.

Block Out Your Time 

Even when you have goals in place they can seem daunting, and getting started can be a hard thing to do (even if you know that once you have started you’ll be able to get through everything you planned to do). If this is the case and it means you are less productive than you should be, you could try blocking out your time

The problem for many entrepreneurs, and the reason that productivity can fall away is that, unlike when working for someone else, there is no one to tell you what you should be doing or to manage your time. Plus, if you have a family to take care of or other responsibilities to think of, trying to find time to do everything can be a real trial. 

Time blocking is a great way to overcome this issue. By blocking out periods of time for your business, for your family, for your hobbies, and so on, you can make sure you are busy but also productive. You might take an hour in the morning to be with your children, enjoying jigsaw puzzles, board games, reading together, or helping them with their homework. Then you might allocate an hour to housework. Now you’re ready for the block of time dedicated to your business, and finally you’ll have more family time or perhaps time for the gym or an art class or anything else you want to do. 

The fact that you have allocated certain amounts of time to each part of your life means that you won’t feel so overwhelmed, and because you only have a limited span of time to do what needs to be done, you’ll be more productive too. 

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Control Your Communications 

Communication is essential for business, and we’re lucky to live in a world that offers us the chance to communicate in a wide variety of different ways. However, when you’re trying to be productive, those communication methods from phone calls to emails to social media, and more, can be more distracting than helpful and can limit our productivity in a major way. 

Therefore, when you have a specific task to do, and especially if you have a limited time in which to do it as mentioned above, switch your phone off. It might be difficult to do at first, but you’ll soon realize that if your phone is off and you can’t easily access your email and messages and no one can call you, you can truly dedicate your time to whatever it is you’re meant to be doing. This is a good tip not just for launching your own business but for life in general too. 

To make you even more productive, you might also want to download a website blocker. You can find these free of charge and you can choose which sites can be blocked. So if you find that you keep checking Facebook when you’re meant to be working, you can block it temporarily. Once you’ve completed your work without any distractions, you’re free to enjoy social media once more. 

Stay Healthy When You Launch Your Own Business

Productivity when it comes to launching your new business can come in many different ways, and one of these ways is staying healthy. Not only is this good for your body in general, but I will also help you to concentrate more when you’re working. 

It’s so easy to make ourselves too busy to really work out or eat well. Sitting in a chair for hours at a time because we have work to do and eating snacks and fast food because there’s no time to prep a real meal is a habit that many fall into. 

Unfortunately, even if you think you’re being more productive because you’re minimizing time away from your business, in reality you’re becoming less productive because your body and mind aren’t working to their full capacity. You’ll be much more easily distracted. You’ll be much less productive. 

Therefore, make sure you include time for yourself and your health within your plans for each day. Just 10 minutes of exercise each day and time spent planning your food for the week to include fresh fruit and vegetables can make a big difference. 

Why Fairy Stories Are Good For Children

We all like some things that aren’t good for us, especially when we’re children. Children love to do slightly naughty things; they love to eat all the chocolate, they love to stay up late… In fact, we all like to do things that aren’t particularly good for us when we’re adults too – we still want to do slightly naughty things, still want to eat all the chocolate, still want to stay up late (although we regret it in the morning)…

So if things we like tend to equal things that are bad for us, where do we stand with fairy stories? Children adore them; give them a prince, a princess, some talking animals, and a happily ever after, and they’re over the moon. And adults have a soft spot for them; they are a reminder of our childhoods.

Which would mean that they are bad for us – that they are bad for our children.

The funny thing is… they’re not. Not in the least. In fact, they are good for children in several specific ways.

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Imagination

There is nothing quite like the imagination of a child. Even the most imaginative of adults can’t come close to the weird and wonderful minds of pre-pubescent kids, and being able to make up stories and games is an essential life skill. It can go so far as to define the kind of career they have in the future. So listening to fairy stories, and going on later to read them, can play a big part in the lives of children and the adults they grow up to become.

Morals

Parents do their best. They give children a moral compass and information about right and wrong, but it is the fairy stories that cement it in the little ones’ minds. Fairy stories have a strong moral message – good versus evil, good wins out, and so on – that it is easy for children to remember. That, coupled with the knowledge mum and dad have already given them, means that children are going out into the world with an excellent moral sense behind them.

Critical Thinking

It may sound surprising, but fairy tales can help children with their critical thinking. They can see the consequences of any actions or decisions that characters may take in these stories. They know that their choices can have profound implications, so it is best if they stop to think before acting (or reacting) in haste.

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Emotional Health

We often hear in the news that younger and younger children are having mental health issues. We’re not saying that fairy stories can prevent this, but they can perhaps allow children to have a good idea of how to deal with internal conflict – something that can cause mental stress. Children identify with the main character in a fairy story, and those characters tend to win out in the end, even if they are going through hardship. They do it with the help of those around them, whom they have confided in. It’s a good lesson and one that children can easily apply to their own lives.

Just Because…

Children are children for such a small amount of time. They will have enough time to be sensible and grown-up. They will have enough time for worries and life to take over. So when they are little, they need to have fun. It will give them a good base for the rest of their lives, and with a strong foundation, they are sure to grow up to be good people. So even if for no other reason than children love them and they are fun, we should read them fairy stories.

How To Be An Eco-Friendly Pet Owner

When it comes to the home, you’ll have researched where to buy natural cleaning products online. When it comes to your car, you’ll have done your homework on electric vehicles and charging points. When it comes to energy, you’ll know all there is to know about solar power. But what about when it comes to your pets? You might be being eco-friendly in every other aspect of your life, but are your pets included in that? If not, don’t worry. You can easily become an eco-friendly pet owner, and here are the ways you can do it.

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Change Their Diet

It might surprise you to learn that the pet food industry causes a huge amount of pollution, and is one of the most unclean industries on the planet. It takes huge amounts of water, land, and other natural resources – including animal products like beef which can lead to additional greenhouse gas emissions – to produce pet food in the quantities we currently use it.

There is another way, and it will help you to be the eco-friendly pet owner you want to be. By switching your pet’s diet to a grain-based meal plan, or from beef to chicken and turkey (which is much more sustainably farmed), you can make a big difference to the world.

Pet treats are also a concern as they contain many unsustainable ingredients, the worst of which is palm oil. It’s good to give pets treats from time to time, but you can do this without harming the environment; by organic items or even make your own at home.

Buy Eco-Friendly Toys

Pets all need exercise, and although dogs can be walked (and should be, for at least 30 minutes a day), other pets don’t get to go out and about very much, if at all, and they need to find their exercise in other ways. This is one of the reasons why we like to buy them toys (another reason is that it makes them happy which in turn makes us happy), but those toys are often plastic, and since they tend to get destroyed fairly fast, they then have to be disposed of.

Instead of buying plastic pet toys, make sure you look out for eco-friendly ones made of sustainable materials. Not only are they better for the environment, but they are safer for your pet too, and often look more attractive which is useful if you find them lying all over your home.

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Clear Up The Mess

We’re really talking about dogs in particular for this item on the list, and we’re really talking about feces rather than anything else. As a responsible dog owner, we’re sure that you do already clear up after your pet when you have taken them out for a walk or when they do their business in your yard. However, just to drive home the importance of this, it’s not just a matter of health and safety; it’s an environmental issue too.

If feces is left on the ground the bacteria within it can easily infiltrate water sources and contaminate them. Remember, though, don’t use plastic poop bags to carry out this chore; use biodegradable ones instead. Eco-friendly pet owners always clear up the mess.

Why Having A Hobby Is A Good Idea

Think back to when you were a child and all the hobbies you had. It’s likely that you were always filling your time with something. They may have been organized kinds of events in specialist classes, for example, such a dancing or gymnastics, or they may have been things that you did by yourself at home like reading or colouring. Whatever it was you did, it is clear that you had fun and learned a lot. When we grow up, those hobbies tend to fall away as we become busier, but having a hobby is actually something that is good for us. Here are some of the reasons why you should find one again and enjoy yourself.

Make Friends

As adults, it is much harder to make good friends than it was when we were younger. You’ll have plenty of acquaintances, but friends are far different, and they are important – they are even good for your health. Some hobbies, particularly sports, will help you to make real, lasting friendships. It is easier to make friends with the people you enjoy a hobby with because you already have something in common.

More Self-Esteem

If you have low self-esteem, a hobby is a great way of boosting your confidence back up again. The more you practice whatever your hobby is, from jazz saxophone lessons to painting, to running, to playing cards, or anything else at all, the better you will be. As you see these gradual improvements happening, you will also see your confidence growing in not just your hobby but in other areas of your life because you have proven to yourself that you can do whatever you set your mind to.

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Less Stress

Although we all get stressed every now and then, chronic stress can be a big problem for many people. It’s important if you do suffer from stress to find ways to reduce it as much as possible for your physical and mental health. A hobby is the ideal way to reduce your stress levels because it puts you right in the moment, and you don’t have to think or worry about anything else in your life; you just concentrate on the task at hand. This gives your mind and body the chance to relax, lowering the cortisol (stress hormone) in your body, and making you feel happier in general.

You Will Be Interesting

What would you be doing without your hobby to keep you entertained? You might well be bored and, as the saying goes, bored people are boring. If you want to be more interesting, then you need something interesting to talk about, and your hobby is just that. If you truly love it, you will have passion about it, and be able to talk about it with your friends, family and colleagues. This will inevitably lead on to other conversations and you can join in with those too.

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You Will Feel Younger

Hobbies keep your brain active, and that means you will feel a lot more youthful, and your brain will continue to work better as you do age. Older people who don’t have hobbies age much more quickly in terms of their mobility and their brainpower than those who have at least one activity to enjoy every week.

Writing A Story: How To Make Your Story Ideas Stronger

Let’s be honest now; writing a story and thinking up a story idea is not the difficult part of writing. Getting that idea down on the page and making it as strong as it can be… that’s the tricky part. Yet it’s something that you absolutely need to do if you want to make your story shine. Here are some tips on how to make your story idea stronger so that it can be the best version of itself possible.

What’s The Problem When Writing A Story?

Every good story has to have one central premise, and that’s conflict. No matter who is in conflict with whom or what, this element simply has to be there, otherwise you really have no story at all.

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So… what’s the problem in your story? What’s the big issue when writing a story that is causing your characters pain? What are they trying to get over, or achieve, or make better? Knowing this and making it a bigger part of the overall story so that not a single reader is going to miss it will strengthen your story no end.

Push The Character Further

Don’t be nice to your characters. At least, not all the time. We’re not telling you to go ahead and be George R. R. Martin or Stephen King them all (unless you want to), but they have to have difficulties in their lives otherwise no one is going to want to root for them. The story of a normal man or woman going about their daily business might be written well – it might even be beautiful – but unless there is conflict and unless your characters are pushed as far as you can push them, readers aren’t going to remember your writing once they’re done with it.

What you really need is a character who is just like them, just like the reader, and who has to go through pain and suffering in an effort to resolve (or not) the central conflict. This will be remembered and this will make your story much stronger.

What is the worst thing that could happen to your character? Take that idea and write about how they get over that problem, or how they let it take them down. You can go either way.

Combine Two Unrelated Ideas

Some of the strongest stories are those that are seemingly two completely different ideas thrown together. But what if you took those ideas and combined them into a story that no one had heard before? This is why this idea is so important. It’s why it needs to be considered.

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Open up a dictionary and find the first word your finger points to. Then do it again in a different part of the book. Take those two words and make a story out of them. Working out how to combine the two ideas will give your idea an added element of strength.

Write What Excites You

Every writer is told to write what they know. That’s fine, but if what you know doesn’t excite you, forget that particular piece of advice about writing a story. Instead, write what thrills you, what fascinates you, what you are truly interested in. You don’t have to ‘know’ it to do that because if you’re truly into whatever it is you’re writing about, you’ll learn what you need to learn.

If you write what excites you, your writing will be stronger and your readers will feel the passion you put into your words.