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  • Hook readers with universal experiences.
  • Push the emotional stakes to the limit.
  • Use the four psychological states – mad, bad, sad & glad.

    BE PREPARED TO SHARE YOUR FEELINGS
  • Don’t short-change the reader.
  • Be open, share pain, joy and struggles.
  • Make sure big scenes happen on-stage .

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  • When plotting, think high concept.
  • Aim for huge stakes with larger than life characters.
  • Have as much as possible at stake.

    BE THOROUGH
  • Take readers inside a fascinating place, profession or time period.
  • Research the details so they ring true.
  • Filter them through the senses and emotions of your characters.

    BE COMMITTED
  • Set yourself regular writing goals and try to write every day if possible.
    Bryce Courtenay says writers need to apply “bum glue”

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  • Believe in yourself and your talent especially in the face of rejection.
  • Above all, never lose faith in your dreams!

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