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Dublin: Marian Keyes on Writing

Marian Keyes writes incredible novels often set in Dublin, Ireland  and  The Brightest Star in the Sky: A Novel
was no exception. She describes this novel:

Like all my books The Brightest Star in the Sky is a comedy about something very serious, but it’s got a lovely uplifting feel to it. I suppose I acknowledge that we are all imperfect human beings, and that we’re pretty much trying our best—but that it’s possible to co-exist with our broken bits and to co-exist joyously with our broken bits. I hope you enjoy it.”

During the Writer Q&A, she was asked “Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?” I thought her answer might help you decide to join in our INDEPENDENCE TRAVEL WRITING CONTEST which begins May 11 and ends July 4, 2013. FREE Entry, $1000usd in CASH PRIZES!


Keep backups! Also: firstly stop talking about it and start writing it word by word. Formally set aside time to write—respect your book enough not to try to fit it in in bitty gaps, around the rest of your life. Better still, try to write at the same time every day; this seems to trigger the subconscious into readiness.

Don’t be surprised if your first efforts are shockingly bad—indeed, expect to marvel at the gap between what you want to say in your head and how it appears on the page. But persevere: changes are I will improve

Beware of setting yourself up as the “new” Maeve Binchy or the “new” someone else; it’s always cringingly obvious. Instead, write in your own unique voice and be proud of it.

Write what you know—and if you don’t know it, be prepared to research it.

Finally—enjoy it! If you enjoy writing it, chances are that people will enjoy reading it.

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Lisa Niver Rajna, M.A. Education. is a passionate writer, educator, social media ninja, speaker and global citizen who has traveled to over one hundred countries and six continents. She is the co-author of Traveling in Sin. You might find her underwater, traveling to an exotic location, teaching in the classroom or in print about social media, science education, lifelong learning, books, and travel. Recently on National Television as a science teacher on the show Career Day, she was also a 2012 nominee for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. Niver Rajna writes for many online and offline publications including National Geographic, the Huffington Post, the Guardian and the Jewish Journal. She and her husband, George, are spending a second sabbatical year in Asia.

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