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GUEST POST: WRITE YOUR WAY, NOT MINE

By MONIQUE MULLIGAN

I’m one of 24 authors featured in Serenity Press’s upcoming Writing the Dream anthology (available for pre-order here). If you are a writer or want to be one, please think about buying this gorgeous book. It’s all about each contributors’ writing journey – all are different, even though they have the same dream.

My writing journey has changed so much since I started. Where once I wondered if I was a “writer”, now I have a children’s picture book and a novelette in my name, and more to come. Read on for more…

MONIQUE MULLIGAN

When you’re a new writer, you soak up advice like a thirsty sponge.

On the one hand, you have a dream, a vision. Perhaps it’s to write a bestseller. A memoir. To write from the heart for your eyes only.

On the other hand, you have questions.

Where do I start? How do I start? How often should I write? How long should I write for?

Should I outline or let my story evolve? Should I draft or should I “slow-cook” my work? What should I write about? What should I leave out?

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For every question about the writing process I have listed, there are so many more. And for every question, there are several answers.

I’ve been working on my novel, Wherever You Go, for a year now. I’m three-quarters through. Maybe a bit more. And I have learnt so much along the way. Here’s what I’ve learnt about my writing…

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