Article Title: How Dabbler Writers Become Professionals (from Creative Writing Course) - Updated
Author Name: Craig Lock
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Category (key words): Writing, Online Writing, Creative Writing, Writing Tips.
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"We share what we know, so that we all may grow."

"If you have knowledge, let others light their candle to it.
- Margaret Fuller

That's a metaphor, btw!

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HOW "DABBLER" WRITERS BECOME PROFESSIONALS

"It took me 15 years to find out that I had no talent for
writing, but by then I couldn't give it up, because by then I was
too famous to give up."
- Robert Benchley

"It took me fifteen years of hard labour (thousands of hours of
toil and tears, just without the blood) to become an overnight success."
- "sqeamish" Craig Lock

"Dabbler writers" do it regularly: with self discipline and dedication.
I may not be one of the best writers around, but I've got
large doses of dedication and self discipline (which comes from
motivation, because I love what I do - although it's very hard work
in terms of the concentration and focus required).

I try to have lots of fun, whilst I try to earn a living*.
Heaps of enthusiam too (most essential)!

* Makes me think of 'dis tort"...

"I never had any doubts about my abilities. I knew I could write.
I just had to figure out how to eat while doing this."
- Cormac McCarthy

Top writers WRITE AND REWRITE - many times over, so the
words flow better each time.

They aim for perfection - very, very hard to achieve; although
one can always improve our first efforts.
Every time I go through a manuscript, I change things (like
repetitive words, incorrect grammar and punctuation) to try to
get the words to flow better... but one has to draw a halt
somewhere, otherwise my books would never get published.

Use the unlimited powers of your human IMAGINATION to create:
Ideas, concepts or even stories. In so doing, you are GIVING
something of yourself to the universe...adding a touch of your
individuality. Sharing something of my writings is what gives
me the most pleasure (other than my beloved family, of course!).
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HOW TO AVOID COMMON MISTAKES

What do you think are the most common mistakes
of new writers?

Take a coffee break while you do this short
assignment.

My immediate thoughts that first "come to mind *...:

* What part of speech is that? Is it a cliche?

* repetitive words

* incorrect grammar

* incorrect punctuation

* using too many words

The art of good writing, I believe lies in brevity, so omit all
unnecessary words.
Doing this makes the sentence flow more rhythmically, more swiftly.
I find reading a very cerebral (impressive word) activity, that
demands a lot of concentration- so make a conscious effort to
write in a style that's easy to read . Try to make your reading
so easy on the eye, that a child can enjoy (and appreciate) your
writing style.

Now you have all the tools and the talent there should not be
anything to stop you indulging in your creative pursuits. I hope
this information may be helpful to you in your creative writing

Happy writing

Eagle Productions (NZ)

About the author:
Craig believes in sharing information and insights to make a difference in
this world: to help and especially encourage people along life's magical
journey ... and that brings him the greatest joy.
http://www.craiglockbooks.com

"If a man has talent and cannot use it, he has failed. If he has
a talent and uses only half of it, he has partly failed. If he has a
talent and learns somehow to use the whole of it, he has gloriously
succeeded and has a satisfaction and a triumph few men ever know."
- Thomas Wolfe

"Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent
to the dark place where it leads."
- Erica Jong

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Author's Bio: 

Craig believes in sharing information and insights to make a difference in
this world: to help and especially encourage people along life's magical
journey ... and that brings him the greatest joy.
www.craiglockbooks.com