Nonfiction Editing

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As I said at the end of last month, to stop myself losing momentum on my ‘goals’ for the year I am writing a little review of my progress at the end of each month. This report is supposed to show that I’m on track and (hopefully) stop me from getting fed up and grumpy that things never seem to happen as fast as I would like.

But while this might be beneficial to me, it’s annoying as hell to read.

So, I’ve had a rethink and have decided to post a thoughtful little something-or-other based on something that has happened during the month.

This month’s topic …. Nonfiction and editing.

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Life & Love: Why was Atticus Finch so popular?

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Harper Lee has passed away.

This got me thinking about one of the best characters in literature. Atticus Finch.

Polite and charming Atticus Finch, a lawyer who used his words instead of his fists. A fictional character who had a bigger impact on the legal profession than a living man could. I’m not exaggerating with this claim, Atticus has become something of a folk hero in the legal profession, so said by Alice Petry. He has been cited in cases as being an influence on the final judgement and has been credited with being the inspiration for hundred of young people to enter the legal profession.

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Life & Love: Terry Pratchett – 1948 – 2015

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The world has lost one of its brightest stars.

This man, although I did not have the pleasure of knowing him personally, has influenced my life more times than I can count.

I grew up with the stories of Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat, it was Sam Vimes and Carrot that pulled me through college and university and it was Moist Von Lipwig who shoved me head first through those first few months of working in the real world.

But more than that, it was while reading the Fifth Elephant that I said to myself “I really wish I could do something like this.” And so I did.

His influence on me was great and I will miss him.

His influence on the world was greater.

“AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.”

Life & Love: 5 proven ways to build your confidence

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I thought I would blog about something a bit different today. It is something that I sometimes struggle with and am aware that others do too.

Confidence

Confidence is a lot of different things to different people.

To some people it is the ability to speak to a group, others it is able to go somewhere new by themselves. For me, confidence is knowing that I can do a job and do it well.

Sometimes we can be confident in some things but not others, for example, I have no problem posting my short stories online, talking to large groups of strangers or going to new places by myself. However, I have very little confidence when it comes to things like talking on the phone or doing something while being watched/judged. I crumble at the most mundane tasks if I know I’m being watched and judged, hence why I’ve failed my driving test twice despite being well able to drive and why I burned myself making tea yesterday.

Self-confidence is crucial; we need to be able to project ourselves as confident. After all no one is going to be willing to follow your advice, believe in you, or back your ideas if you’re nervous, fumbling and overly apologetic. But most importantly we need to have the confidence to for us to believe in ourselves.So for those of us who are losing our groove, I’m going to share the few tip’s I’ve been following that have really helped me pull myself back together this last week. They have actually worked for me, and I’m feeling so much happier in myself now.

So for those of us who are losing our groove, I’m going to share the few tip’s I’ve been following that have really helped me pull myself back together this last week. They have actually worked for me, and I’m feeling so much happier in myself now.

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