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How learning not to force my writing helped me to find my true inner voice


“If you worry that you don't possess that special ingredient other writers have, particularly the writers you admire – don't. There is only one qualification to be a writer: human beingness .”

Inside the head of a writer there is a chaotic brain, seeking out better ways to express themselves; using techniques that will excite, surprise, scare and enthrall their readers. But in order to find that strong inner voice you need to take a step back from all the clever advice offered by the gurus. Naturally, only a fool would ignore the masters of the trade, however, in most how-to-books/guru guides assume you are at a certain level, already. Unfortunately, it takes months/years of bleeding over the keyboard before our brain except this. I'm always on the lookout, consciously and subconsciously for guides to help me improve my writing. There are tons online, and in the bigger book stores, and most offer great advice; the "Teach Yourself" books being my personal favourites because of the course style format they are laid out in.


Last year, whilst holidaying in Llandudno, I was mooching around the charity shops with my daughter and wife. They looked at clothes, whilst i naturally gravitated towards the books and vinyl. When a light flashed in my brain, I noticed a small creative writing section on the bottom shelf; a rarity amongst all the 80s and 90s recipe books, Cliff Richard LP's, and numerous copies of 50 shades of grey, which seemed to be in every single charity shop visited - must've sold bloody millions.


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