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Sunday, 30 November 2014

How to write a sentence

Well, here you are, looking at this, trying, hoping, floundering, scrabbling, wishing, dying to find out the mystery of “how to” write a sentence. Or possibly you have tried write sentence and failed utterly.
Never mind and never fear. I am an, thankfully, expert of sentences. Read on and be disbelieving! There is much to have taught you, and little time, so very, very little and small time.
Where shall/should you/one start/begin? At the start/beginning, of course! You ought always, and in everything you do, to begin a sentence at the beginning. It is simply no good to start in the middle and work your way out. I guarantee that you will become confused and have to sit down, or lie down if you’re already sitting, and perhaps turn off the lights and do some breathing.
Ideally, you’ll aim to begin on the left (in this case, with the word “ideally”), head right (through the middle of the sentence), and stop at the far end of the sentence (in this case, right here). Sentences have been around since the dawn of paragraphs, and indeed since before that, for sentences are essentially the building blobs of a paragraph. Right here, if you’re looking closely enough, you may notice that what you are now reading in fact is a sentence. But also—some will have noticed even more well—what you are reading is a paragraph. And I could go further than that, even, to declare that you are also reading words, letters, and indeed this entire page. Nobody thought you could do it, but here we are now and aren’t you having a good time?
Even furthermore, you’re reading everything that has ever been wrote, but you’re starting with just this bit, because reading everything at once would be too much for anyone to attempt. Too much words in one go is unacceptable, and your writing should reflect that. Keep it concise and don’t stuff your sentence with unnecessary, superfluous, gratuitous content that smothers your prose, muddies your intentions, confuses the reader, clogs up the page with excess text, pads out the work with inelegant drivels, irritates the eye, examines giraffes, and renders your point unclear. Also, keep your paragraphs short.
How importan is spelling? Well, very important. I don’t know why anyone would even ask that. If you have any sef-respect, you ought to be diligent about and with regard to spelling. If words are the bulding blocks of a sentence—and I would argue that yes, they are—then spelling is the stuff that holds them togteher.
Why sentences? Well, that question answers itself, really. Look at it: “Why sentences?” 
There’s something missing, isn’t there? I’ll tell you: yes. What’s missing is the rest of the words. And it’s shoddy. It’s shoddy and lazy. It’s shoddy and lazy and frustrating, sticking out there like a bad piece of junk. I’m disappointed on both our behalves. It could have read:
  • Why is sentences good?
  • Why are we be using sentences?
  • Why sentences appropriate?
  • Why should I do sentences?
All of the above is correct. Give yourself a clap if you knew that. You’re well on your way to being really good at this!
But to answer your original question, I would say that there are certain things what can be only expressed by means of a sentence. You can’t say, “I hurt my ankle but it’s not so bad that I need to visit the hospital” in a word. You could try, but the closest you’ll get is “mnngrweh.” Not sufficient.
Consider, then, the number of sentences required to describe a situation in which your ankle has been hurt in complicated sport on the roof of a hospital, but you’ve noticed it too late and you’re already on your way home in that decommissioned ambulance you’ve been driving because you thought it’d be useful for storing sports equipment, but you’ve found that people expect you to stop when there’s a roadside medical emergency, so you’re thinking about selling it to avoid all the hassle, but now you find that you’re having trouble operating the brake pedal because of your ankle injury, which you previously thought wasn’t particularly serious, and now you feel anxious when you approach intersections, but you’d probably have to wait for hours to be seen if you were to turn around and race back to the hospital, so you decide instead to swerve across the next field because there’s a restaurant on the other side with plenty of ice.
What makes a good sentence? Well, perhaps you should be asking, “What 

makes a bad sentence?” and then doing none of those things. Bad sentences are everywhere. Let’s compare these two versions of the same sentence:
Puppies are the best.
Kittens are the best.
Now, one of them is bad and the other is obviously the good one. So there’s something to think about.
Don’t feel like you’re under any pressure, though! Mistakes are whom makes us what we are. You can only learn by falling off the horse, then climbing up the horse again. Take it one word at a time and take regular breaks. Never lose track of the central idea of the sentence, because if you do, then by the end it any won’t any make sense.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The writing process in animation...

Monday, 24 November 2014

Friday, 21 November 2014


Goodreads is my favourite reading website. If you haven't already, and you love reading, or have a book you would like to add to their extensive database, then I would like to suggest clicking on over and creating a profile. You can start adding books, including mine obviously, as well as joining reading communities, you can write reviews, add other readers and so much more.

Check out my book Gold Digger and my profile, don't forget to add me :-)


Thursday, 20 November 2014

How to Write a Book: The 5-Draft Method

Not too long ago, a friend asked me to read his book. He’d written a rough draft and wasn’t sure what to do after that. After reading it, I explained how writing a book involves five different drafts. He was surprised to hear that. Most people are.
We have this idea that writing a book is a magical process involving only inspiration but nothing that looks like hard work. The truth is the most creative, successful people I know are also some of the most disciplined — in their own way.
If you have a project you want to share with the world, chances are it’s going to take more of you than you want to give. It might break you and cause you to scream. But in the end, you will be better for it. And it will be worth it.
Here are the five drafts I use in any project, product, or book I create (including my upcoming book, The Art of Work):

Draft #1: The Junk Draft

This is your first try, what my friend Marion calls the “vomit draft.” It’s where you get all your ideas on paper or screen or whatever. It’s where you dream big and swing for the fences.
Save your cynicism and self-doubt for later. Here, anything is possible.
Lesson: Your dreams must be bigger than your doubts. [Tweet]

Draft #2: The Structure Draft

This is where you look at the structure of your project. Does the story flow? Is the argument cohesive and consistent? Will people look at it and see something that resembles some kind of order?
At this point, you need to make a decision. Will you commit to this? Here is where you abandon your project, go back to the drawing board, or decide to forge ahead.
Lesson: Before you can make it pretty, you have to make it work. [Tweet]

Draft #3: The Rough Draft

This is the point at which you have an actual manuscript, something you can legitimately call a “work-in-progress.”
At this stage, you will review you work as a whole and see if what you’ve said makes sense. From idea to idea, chapter to chapter, and sentence to sentence. Now that you’ve got a structure, it’s time to make this thing sing.
Lesson: Excellence takes longer than we want. [Tweet]

Draft #4: The Surgery Draft

At this point, you need to start slicing and dicing, cutting your content down to its most essential message. You’ve gone through enough edits that you’ve added things, beautiful things. Unnecessary things. Distracting things.
You’re too close to the work now and need to have a someone review it. Ask a friend, peer, or professional editor (if you can afford it) to do her worst. Be ready for the criticism to come and decide ahead of time to apply it.
All feedback is a gift, if you choose to see it that way.
Here, you must cut superfluous phrases and nonessential details. You might even kill entire chapters and sections. It’s hard and painful but so important to making your message clear and good.
Lesson: The simplest version of a book is the best. [Tweet]

Draft #5: The Last Draft

This is when you go through your work and try to tweak the parts that could be better, where you make sure there are no loose ends or dangling parts that don’t make sense or resolve.
Simply put, this is the final edit. After this draft, it’s wise to have a whole team of people review your work to catch simple errors. But this is the last chance to make major edits to your project.
This is also when you decide to push forward and ship your work. It’s the decision point at which you throw the manuscript in the trash (as Stephen King did withCarrie before his wife pulled it out) or swallow your fear and push on.
As Leonardo da Vinci said, “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”
You will never have a “final” draft. Your work will never be done, not completely. However, there comes a point when you must decide to release an imperfect creation into the world — or not.
And this is where so many people stop, which is sad. Because by now, you’re closer now than you think. In some cases, it’s only a matter of inches or hours between you and a breakthrough.
If you’ve done the work, this is the easy part. Because chances are, after all this editing and critiquing, you’ve got something good. The question is, will we get to see it?
Lesson: Your work is never complete. But at some point you must decide to finish, anyway. [Tweet]

What comes next

What happens next? What do you do after you finish writing this book? Well, you go write another. Sure, there’s launching the book and promoting it, maybe even traveling some to speak about it. But don’t wait too long before you start your next project.
I’m learning this lesson right now as I finish what I hope will be a breakthrough book for me, something I’ve been wanting to write for three years. Even so, I’mmoving on. Soon, I will start writing the next book.
Why? Because when I wait, I stagnate. What makes a writer is not the book deal or a platform. It’s the writing. Just the writing. [Tweet]
You better get on with it. So should I.

More on the writing process

Of course, this is just the overall process. For more on the actual writing process, as well as what to do once you have the book written, check out the following articles:
Need help writing a book? Check out my free, 31-day writing challenge. Click here to get started.
What’s your process for writing a book? Share in the comments.

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How to create a character profile

One of the most important elements in a novel or short story is characterization: making the characters seem vivid, real, alive. One technique that many writers use with success is to create a character profile for the main characters in the novel. The purpose of a character profile is twofold: to assist the writer in creating a character that is as lifelike as possible and to help with continuity issues in the story. In interviews many famous authors have stated that they came up with the basics of a character's personality and then they found that the character just "came alive" for them and ended up driving the story all on his own. But for the beginning writer, sometimes a more concrete approach is helpful. That is where the character profile comes in -- it is simply a tool for organizing your thoughts about a certain character and keeping track of a particular character's idiosyncrasies and relationships. It can help flesh out a cardboard character and even make you think about facets of his or her personality that you had not considered before. Character profiles are especially helpful for novels which involve several main characters and for stories which use multiple points of view.

Character profiles are useful when writing in any genre. Depending on the genre in which you write, you will create additional sections on the Character Profile Worksheet. For example, fantasy writers can use the character profiles to keep track of factors such as magical abilities, family lineage, spells the character is under, and limitations on the character's power to ensure continuity in the action. For literary and mainstream novels, profiles are especially useful for keeping in mind motivations of the character -- hurts and disappointments in the past which may not be alluded to directly in the dialogue, but which nevertheless color everything the character thinks and feels. For example, someone who was abused as a child will most likely react differently in certain situations than someone who had a happy, loving childhood.

A Character Profile is also of great help during the rewrite stage of your novel. You can use the profile to ensure continuity in the character's actions. For example, if in draft 1 your heroine is just recovering from a nasty divorce and in draft 2 you've decided to make her a happily married mother of three, you will know to check every scene with dialogue about her marital status as well as scenes where the (now non-existent) dastardly ex-husband is mentioned. If you change an attribute of your character, be sure to update your Character Profile Worksheet right away. Obviously, a character can develop over the course of the novel. The Worksheet provides a place for you to note that fact so that when you read over your final draft you can see if you achieved your particular character development goal for that character.

A Character Profile is just meant to be a guide where you can list facts and details to help you get to know your characters, especially if you get stuck on one character who doesn't quite seem real. Maybe he needs a new characteristic -- a hidden trauma, a fabulous skill or a deadly secret -- something that will make the character come alive for you. How detailed you want your character worksheets to be just depends on what works best for you. So, next time you're stuck on characterization, pull out the Character Profile Worksheet and get to know someone new. 

For a copy of the character profile worksheet or links from this article click the link...


Pretty Minnie in Paris

Pretty Minnie in Paris

What an amazing crazy time.....

It's been a huge month getting Gold Digger published. What an amazing crazy time it has been!

I am so grateful and happy that I have this amazing opportunity. Thanks to everyone that has purchased a copy, especially the people who wouldn't normally buy a book like that and the ones that don't even read at all, but are just being super supportive.... 

I knew I would be busy but this is nuts. I always over extend myself though, so it's probably my own fault. 

I have chosen this exact time - (the time that should be dedicated to Gold Digger and the 40 odd hours a week I should be, and am promoting my awesome new novel) to continue writing my new book Ally in Disguise. Yeah like I didn't have enough going on.... You can't choose when you will write - it chooses you. Yeah so my genius, my calling if you will, has been keeping me up very late into the night resulting in me feeling extremely tired for most of the day, until by the power of Grey skull I turn into heman around 8pm and power through it all again...

I'm also about to host a thanksgiving dinner for 20 people even though I am not American. I just like having parties and cooking food.... 

I wonder what else I can throw in there to just top it off....surely I can think of something......

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

I like.....

Gold Digger

Self serve book vending machine

I need one of these in my house - they can just come over once every few months and put the latest books in there to keep me entertained.... If I sell lots of Gold Digger books I am soooo getting one!!!!

Gold Digger

Sunday, 16 November 2014

AJ Harmon talks about her latest novel

I've been planning on doing something like this myself but was wondering how much interest it would generate in my book Gold Digger? I tend to watch them, but I'm a bit of a weirdo with too much time on my hands obviously! 

The 100 best websites for writers in 2014

Is becoming a better writer your top priority this coming year? If it is, then I've found the post for you. It lists the 100 best websites you should visit if you are a writer or have aspirations to become one. I have also written plenty of posts myself that you can browse through in my blog archives at the bottom of this blog that delve into becoming a better writer with tips and tricks as well as inspiration and covers my journey of how I got a book published, turned into a well paid freelance writer and basically started kicking ass. 

Writing tips - http://taraanderton.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/writing-tips.html

Tips on how to write a novel - http://taraanderton.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/tips-on-how-to-write-novel.html#.VGg3imIayK1

Two things every writer should know - http://taraanderton.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/the-authors-promise-two-things-every.html#.VGg4A2IayK0

Ever wonder how to write a book - http://taraanderton.blogspot.com.au/2014/05/ever-wondered-how-to-write-book.html#.VGg4ZmIayK0

Despite being quiet knowledgable myself on becoming a writer I like to give my readers other options to look at. As a writer and reader,  I like to read as many other writers stories, posts, tips, and anything that relates to writing in my genre or becoming a better writer in general so I can continue to progress as a writer. Authors can lean a lot from other authors, that's why I shares their stuff. My advice is to visit as many of your favourite authors websites, or blogs as you can and read what they have to say.

Anyway I hope you learn something and good luck on your continued journey as a writer :-)
The 100 best websites for writers......
Maybe you want to earn more money as a freelancer. Or land a literary agent for your book. Or figure out how to take your marketing game up a notch. Or breathe new life into your draft of a novel.
Whatever your goals for 2014, we’ve got you covered. We’ve broken our list of 100 Best Websites for Writers into 11 categories: blogging, business and career, copywriting, creativity and craft, freelancing, literary agents, marketing, publishing, travel writing, writing advice and writing communities. They’re in alphabetical order, but we’ve added numbers to make the list easier to read.
Browse, bookmark and read these sites often, and you’ll have all the inspiration, knowledge and community you need for the coming year. (Click to tweet this list.)

Best blogging websites for writers

1. Be a Freelance Blogger

Be a Freelance Blogger teaches writers how to make real money blogging for hire. Sophie Lizard offers paid guest posting opportunities, fun group mentoring sessions and a range of useful free resources. There’s also The Freelance Blogger’s Client Hunting Masterclass for bloggers who want to win higher-paying clients.

2. Boost Blog Traffic

In the big pond that is the blogosphere, it can be frustrating for the articulate yet unnoticed small fish to make a name for themselves. At Boost Blog Traffic, Jon Morrow teaches you to create a quality blog that attracts the level of traffic you’re looking for.

3. Penelope Trunk

Even if Penelope’s out-there advice isn’t immediately applicable to your career or life, study her style as a stellar example of how to grow a blog community. Penelope’s mix of professional and (sometimes too much) personal has worked in her favor, earning her thousands of fans.

4. Problogger

Problogger is the go-to resource for… you guessed it… bloggers. In addition to its comprehensive archive of posts on growing a successful blog, Darren Rowse’s site offers a job board that’s worth browsing if you’re looking for a few freelance blogging gigs.

5. Smart Passive Income

Smart Passive Income is a blog started by Pat Flynn, a former architect who now publicly builds online businesses and shares everything that goes right and wrong along the way. He writes with honesty, transparency and experience behind his words.

Best Business and Career websites for writers

6. Advanced Riskology

No one wants to look back on their life and ask, “what if?” Tyler Tervooren’s Advanced Riskology is about abandoning the familiar script the majority of society lives by and taking a more rewarding and meaningful path as a freelancer.

7. Alexis Grant

It’s essential for writers to balance creativity with practicality, because we all know the bills have to get paid. Alexis Grant shares her perspective on the new world of work and offers strategies for creating alternative careers that fit well into your life.

8. Create as Folk

Laura Simms’ Create as Folk is a home base for purpose-driven people. She helps readers explore meaning, money, identity, contribution, and self-expression in the quest for a career that feels like home.

9. Jessica Lawlor

Public relations professional and freelance writer Jessica Lawlor is all about getting gutsy: stepping outside your comfort zone to live a more fulfilling life. Jessica’s blog and newsletter are filled with inspiration, ideas and action items to help you #GetGutsy, pursue your passions and achieve your goals.

10. Live Your Legend

Believe it or not, you can make a living doing work you love! Scott Dinsmore wants you to make a career out of the thing you are most passionate about, thereby improving the world with innovation and a better attitude.

11. Microlancer

Developed from what was once Collis Ta’eed’s Freelance Switch, this site helps freelancers and digital creatives find jobs and paying gigs in seven easy steps. Every Microlancer is connected to the perfect client, job and project so you can stand out from the crowd of other freelancers.

12. Paid to Exist

Doing what you love and getting paid don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Jonathan Mead’s Paid to Exist is about eliminating the gap between the two and living your dreams.

13. Productive Flourishing

Productive Flourishing is one of the top websites for planning and productivity for professional creatives, writers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners. Founder Charlie Gilkey is a sought-after speaker and advisor on small business growth and strategy and a recently self-published author of the Amazon.com best-selling book, The Small Business Lifecycle: A Guide for Taking the Right Steps at the Right Time.

For more of this article click the link 

Friday, 14 November 2014

Repeat After Me.......

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Gold Digger Cartoon

My Anaconda don't .......

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Fancy Pants

Yes it's true, I do in fact have the fanciest pants around! 

Fantasy Bedroom

Monday, 10 November 2014

Like a book just because of the title.....

It's my favourite....

Passionfruit Greek style yogurt..... OMG it doesn't get much better than that!!!


She will do anything to get what she wants......

Bridgette isn't above getting on her hands and knees for an unlimited credit card.... 

A big box of books....

I received a rather large box of books today in the mail, and not just any old regular box of books - my books! Gold Digger arrived at my house in large quantities today by registered post - it was pretty amazing! 

You can buy a copy at my author website http://www.sbpra.com/taraanderton or at Barnes and Noble or Amazon.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Bridgette Roberts

She is beautiful, she knows how to get what she wants and she is a ruthless gold digging bitch - to find out what happens click this link

Friday, 7 November 2014

Story Structure.....