9 Myths I wish I’d debunked when I started writing

I’ve been writing now for over a decade, since I was in college, well earlier really but college was when I started writing regularly and sending out my writing for others to read and between college magazines, novellas, novels and recently nonfiction books and articles I’ve picked up a few things.

We are all learning and learning is very objective. What works for me may not work for you, a ‘writing myth’ to you may be true for me. There are, however, some lessons that were hard to learn. Things I wish I’d known when I started out. Today I would like to discuss some of the more common myths that when I read them as a teenager I believed but have now learned are not true, at least not for me.

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Life & Love: Terry Pratchett – 1948 – 2015

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 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.

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