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The Booker Award

Ah, well this is a bit embarrassing, but procrastination is something I do well. Well the old me used to do well

The shiny Booker Award badge. Shiny

(I’m changing that now). Maeve Murray, a fantastic writer and my cousin has nominated me for my first ever blogging award. Woo. This is extremely cool for lack of a better word and at midnight when I am writing this I am certainly lacking better words.

So this is how the thing works: I have to nominate five other bloggers for this award and then choose my five favorite books. So that is what I am going to do. You ready? Here we go:

Robin Ingle 

Billie Jo Woods 

Michelle Franklin

Marta Pelrine-Bacon 

Embejo Etc

 

Top five favorite books?

Each of these novels have invoked my imagination beyond the realms I dreamed possible and have kept me turning their pages long throughout the night.

 

 

Well there we go for that. Once again thank you Maeve! My apology for my lateness. Don’t worry folks I’ll have another post up in a couple of hours. What’s your favorite books?

Thanks,

Damian

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Get a real job

I’m sure most young writers or old for that matter have heard that writing won’t pay your bills. That you should invest in a “real job” and get a degree in school and then work your way to earning a nice salary.

Why can’t being a writer be a full time job?

There’s no reason it can’t be. Many, many authors do very well for themselves writing novels full time like J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Dan Brown and so many others have gone beyond that realm to stardom and mass success.

One of the greatest examples of the climb to success is Christopher Paolini (Author of Inheritance Cycle series) who began to write Eragon at age 15. Once his parents saw the manuscript they self published it and went around the country promoting it. The novel was eventually discovered by Carl Hiaasen (novelist) who by chance had it republished by Alfred A. Knopf publishing house. This would lead to a re-reease of the novel in 2003 leading Paolini to fame and success. Eragon was later remade into a movie.

J.K. Rowling

And even to say look at J.K. Rowling who was a struggling single mother when she jotted the ideas to Harry Potter at a cafe near her home.

The opportunities to springboard into the bestseller list are always present. However, sometimes it takes time and dedication. If writing, whether it be novels, stories or poetry interests you than take the reigns and work at it until you can turn it into a career. Maybe a day job might be necessary until you build up some traction with your writing, but never let the dream die.

How do you feel about writing as a career?

Christopher Paolini


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