Happy Australia Day


Day 26 – 30-day social media challenge – The best advice I can give for someone just starting out as a writer is to never give up and believe in yourself.

Write every day, even if it’s only a blog post or in my case book review on Goodreads. Read every day – every book you read improves your brain, so Jackie French espouses. I’m certainly not one to contradict such a sentiment.

Have a go at entering writing competitions no matter how daunting writing to a guideline appears to be, it’s good practice.

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This is a solitary task but shared with like-minded people makes it exciting. Join one or more writing groups where you can go to meetings and make friends of inspirational people. Using social media, let people know what you’re doing.

I’ve certainly learnt quite a bit from doing this challenge. Stretch yourself, by that I mean, if you’ve never written an article or play or short story for children – try writing one. Writing is a skill that needs to be practised.

Enjoy learning and share your joy with family and friends. Tell people you write. Say you want people to enjoy reading what you write. This affirms your self-belief. Put it on your email signature so every time you email the recipient knows who you are.


About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon and mum in law to Cassie. I lead a busy life.
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