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.

Lisa Ellen Niver

Award-winning travel expert Lisa Ellen Niver has explored 101 countries and talks travel on KTLA-TV and her website, We Said Go Travel, which is read in 212 countries. Her YouTube videos have nearly 900,000 views and she has more than 140,000 followers on social media (verified on Facebook and Twitter). She sailed on the high seas for seven years and she has been nominated for five Southern California Journalism Awards in the past two years and received 2nd place for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for publications including AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Robb Report, Sierra Club, Smithsonian, Saturday Evening Post, United Airlines (Hemispheres) and USA Today 10Best. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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