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Write and be a good family member

For every writer, there comes the ultimate dilemma: what comes first, your seven year old sonís soccer practice or the demise of your heroine, wrapped in her fatherís ... easy to ... how

For every writer, there comes the ultimate dilemma: what comes first, your seven year old sonís soccer practice or the demise of your heroine, wrapped in her fatherís arms?

Itís easy to understand how the writer/family clash occurs. Writing is a very solitary profession which demands a great deal of time. Being in a family is a very social profession which demands a great deal of time. But understanding it doesnít solve it.

Wouldnít it be wonderful if you could combine the two? Well, I think you can. You can do things that will improve your writing and provide you with quality time with your family. Try these ideas on for size:

1). Get your family to read out the book for you. This will really help your editing, because nothing brings out awkward sentences and bad dialogue like the human voice. ďAw, Mum, no one would say that in real life. Theyíd say, ĎSod off!íĒ ďStart with, ĎYouíll never catch me, Mr Slocum. Apart from your absolute inability to find your own big toe, you donít have the skills and you donít have the talent.í"

2). Get your family to act out that scene that you just canít get right. Send them out into the backyard, armed with plastic swords and cardboard boxes for hours and see just what will happen in your battle scene. What will the addition of rain to do the scenario, for example? And youíll probably get to do a little extra research in healing.

3). Get your family to dress up as the characters. This would be especially helpful if you are having trouble visualising your characters. ďAh, yes, I had no idea James looked so dorky. Iíll have to remember that.Ē

4). Get your family to give you a blow by blow description of their day. Have your notebook handy and write down any brilliant that comes out of their mouth. ďIím sorry, darling, where did you say your boyfriend had his hand again? Really. Thatís very interesting. scribble, scribble. And you werenít in the least bit uncomfortable?Ē

5). Get your family involved in marketing your book. ďYes, darling, making as many balloon animals as we can in five days is important because of the scene on page 118.Ē

There you have it. Five fabulous ideas to bring your writing and your family together. Of course, all this quality time could have a disastrous affect: your family may be overcome with humiliation as their balloon giraffes are ridiculed, decide they donít want to be involved and leave you in peace. A tragedyFree Reprint Articles, to be sure.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Nicole R Murphy is a writer and editor who runs her own copyediting and critiquing business at www.yourbestwork.com Once youíve dealt with your family and finished your work, try her free trial.



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