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

Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a television host, travel journalist as well as a passionate artist, educator and writer who has explored 101 countries, 6 continents and sailed on cruise ships for seven years on the high seas and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which was read in 212 countries in 2018 and named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on both Twitter and Facebook, has over 150,000 followers across social media and ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. She has been a finalist for six Southern California Journalism Awards in the past three years and won an award for her Jewish Journal article. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip. http://lisaniver.com/one-page/

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