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Write to be read. What you need to know and do to turn every word you write into the word that gets results.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Allow me to  introduce myself. I am a writing machine. My first article
was published when I was 5 years old, 64 years ago; I’ve been a writing
machine ever since. I’ve made a fortune knowing how to manipulate the
incredible English language.

Sadly, I am in the minority. Having taught writing courses at many
institutions of higher learning, including Harvard, I long ago came to the conclusion
that most people would rather get a root canal than struggle with the dicey business
of writing so people will read, understand and respond to what they write. Needless
to say this costs them big bucks, since if you cannot use your own language, the
lingua franca of the world,as the essential tool it is for business and life success, you
lose much of the value of that language. And that is a crying shame.

I want to help you out, and I’ve therefore created the list below of key points
which when mastered dramatically improve the way you write and the results you
get.

1) Just because you’re a native English speaker doesn’t mean you know anything
about writing our complicated, sophisticated, absolutely splendid language.
Speaking and writing are two separate, though related, things, and must be seen
as such.

Start from the proposition that you are, shall we say, “challenged” by writing in
English. There are many reasons why this could occur: you weren’t properly taught.
Although teachers unions may strongly disagree, the fact is most teachers are not
trained to write words that get results. Thus, they are unable to teach their students,
who thereby start off their life-long relationship with writing the right words on the
wrong foot. What’s more, most never manage to overcome this poor start; instead
of trying to overcome the problem, they find ways to minimize or even avoid writing
altogether. That is surely what throwing the baby out with the bath water means.

2) Admit you have a problem that’s not going to get better on its own.

As a business writer for my entire (now long in the tooth) adult life, one of the saddest
things I see is respected business leaders not only unable to write the Queen’s
English proficiently but proud of themselves because they mangle it in both its spoken
and written manifestations. Yes, proud of themselves… each embarrassing misusage
and mistake proving their warped satisfaction that they are therefore “people of the
people”, thereby immune from proper usage. Just to state this proposition is to prove
what a zany idea that is… yet it is common.

3) Force yourself to write more and better.

Like so many things in life, the more you write, the better you’ll get. Most business
people are poor writers because, being VIPs, they delegate such “minor” tasks to
others. What seems at first glance to be something rational and efficient, upon
second glance proves to be nothing more than a means to slough off something you
strongly dislike. Now hear this: even if you are the Chief Poobah of the world, indeed because
you are that self-same Poobah, you need the ability to write the right words to get the
results you must have to expand your clientele and business  altogether.

This means no longer delegating all writing projects which ordinarily accrue to people
of your dignity and position, but accepting at least some of them, not least to give
yourself necessary practice… with the clear understanding that practice does most
assuredly make perfect.

4) Less is always more.

Brevity, it is said on the highest authority, is the soul of wit. It’s also the key to ensuring
that what you write will be carefully read and easily understood.

Poor writers are prolix writers; they write too much, edit too little, and manage to
kill any fruitful results that might come by burying the objective in verbosity thereby
suffocating the writing and ensuring its failure.

When you sit down to write any document whatsoever, your objective, 100% of the
time, is to

state what you aim to achieve

Then, succinctly, marshal your arguments, with the preeminent and clear focus
on what the recipient gets from you by taking the promptest possible action.

This means that if you want results, your invariable focus must be on the “you”
you are writing to; getting this person’s attention, interest, then action is what all
good business writing is about… such writing may never win the Nobel Prize for
Literature… but who cares? It can make you rich.

5) Use numbers to structure what you write.

Good writers, particularly good writers in a hurry (are there any others?) use numbers to
ensure readership and clarity. Thus,

“I have three reasons for contacting you today….”

“There are 6 major reasons why you must respond today….”

“Here are the 5 reasons you’ll want to take advantage of this offer now….”

Get the picture? Numbering provides structure, and it makes both writing and reading
of what you write easier.  Remember, you do not need to win prizes for your prose;
it need only be good enough to get the results you desire.

6) Always write for the “you” receiving your writing.

Good writers, and by that I mean fast, efficient, easy to read writers, know a secret
which, until now, has been unknown by you: that English prose sings when you
make it “you” centered, the you in question being the person you are addressing your
words to.

All people are egotistically and I-centered. Don’t fight City Hall on this one; take advantage
of this fact, to your substantial advantage. The words you write should always be about,
for, directed at and done (whether explicitly or not) for “you”, the person you must never
forget you are writing for.

7) Read your words aloud… and save your breath!

Want to know whether what you’ve written will achieve your purpose? Read it aloud
to yourself. If you find yourself meandering through dense thickets of words and
punishing verbosity, difficult “show off” words and elusive meaning and directions,
you need re-write (as every Hollywood director knows).

Sentences should never be longer than you can comfortably read in a single
breath, no fudging either.

Key points should be made, emphasized, stressed… but always in short sentences.

Your writing should have a cadence which reading aloud will demonstrate. The best
writing is writing that moves you briskly through the subject at hand, without a single
superfluous word.

Start today.

As you implement these steps and begin to see tangible results which will only
improve, you will be glad, even blissful, that the bugaboo of being a poor writer
is now gone… never to return.

What will fill its place is one result after another achieved by deft use of the written word
you feared at the beginning of this article… and now rejoice as one of the absolutely
essential tools for enhanced business success. And that’s a fact you can write home
about!

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[Video] Must See For All Writers – Ray Bradbury on The Joy of Writing

I was totally blown away from this video of Ray Bradbury giving important tips of the joy and wonder of writing. You can see he had a total love of writing and is very inspiring to bringing out that love of writing in others, perhaps you too. Check it out and please let me know what you think in the comment box below. Wonderful advice from a truly amazing and gifted writer. Feel the love…

 

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  • Volume One in his “Writers Secrets” series – “Writing About Famous People You Know”
  • Volume Two in his “Writers Secrets” series – “Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know”
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Excerpts from “In My Own Voice. Reading from My Collected Works” Vol. 1

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Tune in to Dr. Jeffrey Lant Introducing his brand series

“In My Own Voice.  Reading from My Collected Works.” below and read from the introduction of this fabulous new series.

Excerpts from  Vol. 1 Introduction

Each of us, in our individual lives, has a moment or two of epiphany. That is to say, a moment of surpassing importance and significance. Mine took place along the hot and sticky asphalt streets of summertime Downers Grove, Illinois.

 

You could follow my progress by the skid marks in the asphalt. Chances are, I was on my way to the library. There was a perfectly logical reason for this speed into the metropolis, and that was the fact that it was one of the few buildings in the community that was air conditioned. Therefore, it needs no explanation from me. Everyone in the state of Illinois knows the peril of that temperature, and the need to escape it.

 

My mother had begun taking me to the library very early in my life. I was such a regular participant in the programs and readings the librarians delivered, that I had my own chair with my own name, rather like a Hollywood producer, “Ladd”.

 

I was voracious about stories, could never get enough of them, and was always grateful to be advised on their presentation and explanation. In this way, the librarians came to present me with readings from the great poets… people like Robert Frost and Carl Sandburg.

 

I can well remember being told by the ladies one day that they had a present for me… and so they stationed me in a rather dark, gray room, everything cool to the touch, and turned on their latest acquisition.

 

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan’t be gone long. — You come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I shan’t be gone long. — You come too.

 

“The Pasture”, Robert Frost (1915)

 

I played this poem so often, each time hearing a little more of its author, the often irritated and irascible Robert Frost. I like the way he rolled those three little words: “you come too.” Only he didn’t pronounce it like that. Great poets have great eccentricities, and his were encapsuled in his rendering of these three words. Thus “ah you come too”. It was a call to come and be sociable, come and share, come and see your neighborhood and everything in it.

 

So powerful and so unfading were these words that when Robert Frost’s Cambridge home came on the market, I almost bought it, just so that I could sit in the parlor and read my envious friends from the poet’s ghost that resided there with all its poems, just for me.

 

Now, I have the opportunity to read my own works… to you, and hope that you will hear just how personal they are, and how each one, so powerfully written, touches your heart, because that is what I aim for.

 

This book contains five of my favorite essays… the one that I wrote when I turned 65; the one bringing you inside a great nor’easter; the one detailing the foolish hijinx of Captain Owen Honors, United States Navy; the one detailing the turbulent life of Amy Winehouse, a warning if there ever was one; and finally, one about the Andrews Sisters… three girls who kept America jumping throughout its greatest war, and reminded us what we were fighting for.

 

I have a special word for all you young people reading these essays. You have so many media choices that you may well overlook the importance and value of hearing authors read from their own works. This is something you need to do… you need to hear what they write, in their own way, and you need to recite what they write in your own way. If you cannot do this, you will miss so much of the pleasure of both author and reader.

 

And this special note to you library ladies: you did me such a life-changing favor so many years ago. Now, I want you to take what I have written, what I have recited here, and pass on the importance of the writers voice for the next generation, and the next after that.

 

And now without further ado, the first chapter of this book. Read the text along with the video, then read it again, until you are as expert in my quirks and foibles as I am myself.

 

Dr. Jeffrey Lant

From The Red Drawing Room

Cambridge, Massachusetts

August 2016

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 50 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

More can be found on Dr. Lant on his author page at: http://www.amazon.com/author/jeffreylant/

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Excerpt from Writer’s Secrets Vol. 2 “Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know”

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Excerpts from Volume 2 in the Writer’s Secrets Series

“Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know”

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Available at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IG0PC9E

This series has has been developing for a very long time, for over fifty years in fact.

Dr. Jeffrey Lant has an extraordinary online writing course which compliments this Writer’s Secrets Series. In it, you’ll learn how to write the kind of meaningful prose you desire.

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Writer’s Secrets Vol. 2 – Writing About Famous People You Don’t Know

INTRODUCTION
Lucky you! You have arrived at the rest of your life. What you
learn in this chapter you can use and profit from every single
day you remain alert and willing to learn. In short, we here
today begin your great adventure.

Barbra Streisand has a signature tune that goes like this…
“People who need people are the luckiest people in the
world” (from the film “Funny Girl”, 1968). And this applies
especially to writers, for everything we write will be almost
entirely, if not exclusively, about people.

In this chapter, I’m going to give you the essence of what it
takes for you to rise high and triumph as a writer. Let us begin
at the beginning, as a writer about people and their multifarious
activities.

To begin this chapter, I suggest that you read the five portrait
articles I have written and included in this book… about Abigail
van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel, Elizabeth Taylor, and
Pete Seeger. If you do, my comments will be more
understandable and useful to you. I have written hundreds of
profiles, ranging from the completely unknown subjects, to the
household names. Indeed, I am one of the major profile writers
of my generation. I want to pass on my mantle to you. It is worth
having.

To begin at the beginning.

As I have said to you before, the actual physical act of writing
should be the last thing you do to succeed as a writer. Good,
solid preparation skills are required. Start by reading each day,
a standard metropolitan newspaper. In it, you will discover
thousands of names and stories. Some are obscure, some of
transitory interest, others of cosmic significance.

Your job is to be totally at ease with humanity, to the extent that
you are bold, and even audacious. Your job is to understand
completely all aspects of humanity in all of its manifestations…
good, bad, but never indifferent.

Make it a point, each day, and I do mean every day, to read
through every kind of story and determine which ones would be
of the greatest interest to the greatest number of people, and
which can benefit from your peculiar “eye”.

You may ask, ‘What is an eye?’ Simply this: it is the inner
compass that enables you to immediately determine the value,
standing, and significance of any particular person or subject.
In short, what is worth writing about, who is worth writing about,
and what or who deserves to be dismissed, without further ado.

In any given day, by following this methodology, you will find
one to ten new subjects you can write about. I have a scientific
way about dealing with these potential leads. I take a pair of
scissors and a big box. I put my newspaper page over the box,
and cut out the articles which promise to become, in my
practiced manner, my next articles, hence, my next successes.

My aim at this point is clear and simple: which people and
subjects are of the greatest importance and value, interest, and
excitement. In other words, how can I influence the greatest
number of people, get the greatest possible response, and let
us not forget, the most money. For one way or another, there
must always be that.

Your job is to keep looking for subjects every day of your life,
until your box, no matter what its size, is overflowing with
possibilities. And when I say overflowing, I mean precisely
that. I have drawers in my office filled with ancient clippings for
articles which are still (mostly) relevant to write.

Next, review your clippings and prioritize the subjects you want
to write about. I advise you to write about subjects which have
a long shelf life. For example, presidents of the United States
and other high political figures of nations worldwide, movie stars
with proven careers, or ones that look likely to succeed.

Write too, about legislators of note, and scientists who are
engaged in momentous tasks.

Write too, about sports figures, particularly those who look like
a good long term investment. Think also of authors, and your
fellow writers. Think of people who are on the cutting edge of
any aspect of human affairs. Who is looking out for aliens in
outer space? And who is rushing ahead with a microscope and
a microbe, destined to change the world?

Keep in mind, that any individual person, given the precise set of
circumstances, is worthy of your pen. Remember, writers do not
merely report, we are visionaries. We see beyond the present
realities, and hoist our colors to any significant mast. We do not
merely report the news, that is for lesser souls, we explain the
news and the people who make it.

Now let us look at aspects of the five articles I have provided in
this volume on –

Abigail van Buren, Arthur Godfrey, Jacques Brel and Pete Seeger

 

About the Author

Dr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 40 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

More can be found on Dr. Lant on his author page at: http://www.amazon.com/author/jeffreylant/

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Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The New Writer’s Secrets Series Vol.1 is Released

Just Published Writer’s Secrets Vol.1…

“How to write About Famous People You Know”

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Get your copy at:  https://www.amazon.com/Write-About-Famous-People-that-ebook/dp/B01I7RH9D8/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1468182813&sr=1-3&keywords=Writer%27s+Secrets

This may seem like a strange topic to open this series with so why did Dr. Lant do it?

He choose this topic because as he writes

“I have started with what could be construed as an advanced class
because once you master this, you will be able to gain
access and commendable results from any famous person
in the universe.

You will never say, if you have ever said, and might truly say,
that you have nothing to write about… like a woman going to
a closet full of gowns and saying “I have nothing to wear”. You
will never say again, having mastered this chapter, that you have
nothing to write about. Master these guidelines, and fly high…”
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Excerpts from “Writer’s Secrets Vol. 1 – Writing About Famous People You Know”

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Dr. Lant on his new Volume 1 of Writer’s Secrets – Tune in:

 

Excerpts from “Writer’s Secrets Vol. 1 – Writing About Famous People You Know”

Dear fellow scribblers,

It is with the greatest possible enthusiasm, even glee, that I
open this first volume of my new series from Writers Secrets.
This series has been developing for a very long time, for over
fifty years in fact. I have not only written, but have helped
thousands of people worldwide to write, too.

However, today, I take you to a whole new level. Never done
before, I will show you how to master every aspect of writing
so that you will know what to do, when to do it, how to do it.
And, I will give you helpful models so you can see how I do it.

In no educational institution with which I am familiar can you
learn every essential point of what it takes to be a successful,
that is to say, a money-making writer.

Hitherto educators in the field of writing have simply said “To
be a writer, one must write.” This fatuous advice is neither
useful nor productive. One needs to know more, and more again
about writing before showing that writing to anyone.

Once you’ve read the volumes in this series, you will be amongst
the elite of the Earth, because good writers get all the goodies,
name recognition, esteem, veneration, and, of course, money.
For let us never forget, that “None but a blockhead writes but
for money” (Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, inventor of the first
English language dictionary).

I am tired of meeting people, particularly young people, who have
been given that useless advice… to be a writer, one must write.
In these pages, I shall show you the verities of writing, and the facts
which will advance you… or, should you fail to use them, destroy
any chance of your success.

As we begin this exciting series of absolutely unique and
unprecedented volumes, I want you to know that my goal here
is cosmic, exhaustive, thorough, inventive, and powerful. By
following these steps, and not the vagaries of any previous
instruction you may have had, you will find yourself awash in
trophies… including fame, notoriety, affection, appreciation, awe,
recognition, honor, and certain reverence.

For all these, and so many other benefits, can and must be
yours, if you will but understand the structure of successful
writing, and work for a lifetime to perfect your skills. You see,
the world loves writers, and I, therefore, love the world. For
so many years now that I cannot even remember, writing has
been my unstoppable rocket, matched by nothing else.

You say, upon being asked, “What do you do for a living?” The
response launches the beneficial process… “I am a writer.” And
by that we mean superior, intelligent, clever, shrewd, inventive,
creative, and for the nonce, charming to a degree no average mortal
can even wish for, much less attain.

I shall be attending you every inch of this fabulous journey.
For now you have an advisor of note, dexterity, inventiveness,
truth, and may I say it, love. For seeing you advance will be one of
the glories of my life. And I shall say as I see you rise, “This one
came from me!” Be that one.

Now let us begin. The topic of this first volume is not just
writing, but writing about famous people you know. I have
started with what could be construed as an advanced class
because once you master this, you will be able to gain
access and commendable results from any famous person
in the universe.

You will never say, if you have ever said, and might truly say,
that you have nothing to write about… like a woman going to
a closet full of gowns and saying “I have nothing to wear”. You
will never say again, having mastered this chapter, that you have
nothing to write about. Master these guidelines, and fly high…

Preparing to write.

Successful writers are obsessive writers. We do not just write,
we think about writing, write about writing, think about writing
subjects, research writing subjects, add words, delete words,
fight with words, than which there is nothing more difficult. Yes,
words, because on the field of words, our destiny will be played
out.

Let us begin to prepare for this great battle of your life… a
battle which can exist everyday, and from which you may
squeeze victories, notable and significant, or not.

I am giving you advice about how to write about famous people
you know first, because I want you not just to write, but write to
be read, write to be admired, write to generate demanding and
persuasive discussions, write to instruct. These are the worthy
objectives of writing.

This moment, I want you to brainstorm and ask yourself whether
you have any famous people amongst your circle of friends and
acquaintances. In my experience, everyone has at least one or
two such people. Why do you want to write about them? Because
they’re famous, of course. And there is one thing about our
obsession with celebrities… we’re all drawn to them, thus you
have a ready market for any celebrity article you write.

So let us now consider what you need to know, and do, before
commencing a profile or any other type of article about a famous
person or acquaintance.

When you are writing about a famous person known to you, then
you know you are most usually in touch with that person. There
are subtle but significant differences between writing about a
famous person you know, and a famous person you don’t. This
particular article must be based on some of the myriad of facts
you could use to write about this celebrity.

Picture for a moment the following pair of subjects… you could
write about the Emperor Napoleon, or you could write about the
current Prince Napoleon. What is the difference? When you
write about a subject like Prince Napoleon, you can gain
access to that individual and people who know him, and that
would subtly and significantly change the direction, emphasis,
and results.

For instance, let us say you wanted to describe the room in
which the interview or article takes place. To get an idea about
each element of the room would take an enormous amount of
research because contemporary writers and commentators,
much less those from the past, almost never provide a good
basic overview of everything they see, no matter how important
these details might be for an apt presentation of the subject.

They would not have written, because they did not observe, about
the shade of the drapes, the number and kind of chairs, what
Napoleon had on his desktop, what sandwiches might be sitting
on the side board, or the pair of muddy shoes next to the door
providing access to the great man.

In other words, one person from the past, no matter how
observant, would have left over 90% of the essential information
where they failed to find it in the first place. Mirabile dictu. This
is writing sacrilege! The wanton destruction of essential
information, which, when properly used, gives us the basis
for seeing reality, and rendering it for readers now, and hundreds
of years hence.

When you read the articles which follow, models of their kind,
based on famous people I have known, you will understand how
important the tiniest shred of information can be to creating lively
and alive prose.

How will you arrive at this desirable conclusion? By arduous effort.
For example… never do an interview or profile before you have
had the opportunity to test your skills of observation and
remembering. Take a single sheet of paper, and give yourself
a test. Walk into any room that you know, for say five minutes.

Then, exit the room to another which is disconnected, and where you
cannot see in. Now, write down everything that you remember about the
room you were in just moments ago. You will say, “That was a
great many things!” However I will tell you this… be more concerned
about what you have remembered, than all you have forgotten. If
you find yourself remembering with difficulty, then you know how
essential it would be for you to perfect that skill.

Good profiles, superior profiles succeed because you have
mastered each essential element of the life you are profiling.
The more you will know about the subject, the more of that
subject you will capture. Writing about people is always an
exercise in sleuthing and detailed research and analysis.

I have included with this chapter, five articles on celebrated
people I have known. You will notice how I presented these
people and told their stories. I am no respecter of persons,
neither must you be. What you must respect instead is the
detailed and truthful information you gather before writing.

Writing must always be the last of a long detailed process,
designed to capture and present truth. If, as the saying goes,
the truth shall set you free, then most assuredly the truth,
and the integrity you bring to your writing, will free you, too,
and set you on the path where your very designation as
writer will cause readers to stand up, take notice, and applaud.
When they do, you will know you are a writer.

Musical note

I have selected the elegant film score from the 1994 version
of “Little Women” by Thomas Newman. It is smooth and tranquil…
perhaps too smooth and tranquil for those of us who have read
the immortal novel (1868), or seen Katharine Hepburn in the
starring role of Josephine “Jo” March (1933).

We love Jo because she is rough around the edges. She does
“scandalous” things, cannot rise to the necessity of perfect party
manners, and has a frustrating tendency (for her, not for us) to be
indiscriminate in her always candid opinions. For our purposes,
we must remember just one thing… she was an aspiring writer, and
she approached her craft with avidity, enthusiasm, and a “damn
the torpedoes full speed ahead” disposition.

She made mistakes, she made them often, she blundered, she
got it all wrong from time to time, but… and this is the significant
conjunction, she kept at it.

She wrote constantly, she carried a little notebook and pencil to
jot down her ideas, she wrote regularly, and always submitted her
work product for review, evaluation, and publishing.

She then took what she had learned and put it to immediate work,
and therefore her life, her writing, was simply an ongoing measure
of her improvements.

She was rejected often, often simply ignored, but she never quit,
and so out of the criticism and commentary, sometimes hurtful,
often painful, came stories of insight and human understanding.
In short, through failure judiciously studied, came success.
Reader… this lesson is for you.

We love her, and we do love her, because she was one of us.
And we hope in due course to be rewarded just the way she was,
and as lavishly, our name, our work, eternity bound… just as hers
soars forever.

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About the Author

pic for ebook cover Dr. LantDr. Jeffrey Lant is known worldwide. He started in the media business when he was 5 years old, a Kindergartner in Downers Grove, Illinois, publishing his first newspaper article. Since then Dr. Lant has earned four university degrees, including the PhD from Harvard. He has taught at over 40 colleges and universities and is quite possibly the first to offer satellite courses. He has written over 40 books, thousands of articles and been a welcome guest on hundreds of radio and television programs. He has founded several successful corporations and businesses including his latest at …writerssecrets.com

His memoirs “A Connoisseur’s Journey” has garnered nine literary prizes that ensure its classic status. Its subtitle is “Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.” A good read by this man of so many letters. Such a man can offer you thousands of insights into the business of becoming a successful writer. Be sure to sign up now at www.writerssecrets.co

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31st Book Underway “Happy And Glorious. Encounter With The Windsors.”

Friends and deeply appreciated readers, good morrow.
I am delighted to report that my 31st book is now well
and truly launched. Here are its opening words…

Title: Happy and Glorious

Encounters with the Windsors

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant

Introduction

I little thought, so many years ago, when I first encountered the Queen and the royal Windsors, that I should be, so many decades later, writing my own memoirs of my several encounters. But I am.

How did I begin my connection with the Windsor dynasty? In just this way: to get a doctoral degree at Harvard, you must write a work of intellectual distinction  that is closely evaluated and reviewed by an intimidating jury of high-ranking academics.

The drill goes like this… You present a list of possible doctoral dissertation topics  you feel yourself able to write about with new insights, new data, and the certainty  of a front page review in the New York Times, always our sure objective.

… In my usual way, I shall be using the creation of this book as a splendid opportunity to assist you with yours.

Visit www.writerssecrets.com now.

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“Ich dien” is not the credo of the Prince of Wales alone…

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International Day of the Book. Celebrating Books a Very Unique Book…

It’s wonderful to celebrate books as in International Day of the Book.

We celebrating the winning of eight literary awards for a totally unique gloriously written book

A Connoisseur’s Journey: Being the artful memoirs of a man of wit, discernment, pluck, and joy.”

Find out more at: http://writerssecrets.com/a-connoisseurs-journey-now-winner-of-8-literary-awards-come-meet-the-man-behind-the-book/

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  • Learn of his writer’s team, his choice of musical selections for each segment of his book, his thorough research using the power of the internet in a way never been done before
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More on World Book Day[1] or World Book and Copyright Day (also known as International Day of the Book or World Book Days) is a yearly event on April 23rd, organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), to promote reading, publishing and copyright. In the United Kingdom, the day is recognized on the first Thursday in March. World Book Day was celebrated for the first time on 23 April 1995.

The connection between 23 April and books was first made in 1923 by booksellers in Catalonia, Spain[Book 1] The original idea was of the Valencian writer Vicente Clavel Andrés as a way to honour the author Miguel de Cervantes, who died on this date. In 1995 UNESCO decided that the World Book and Copyright Day would be celebrated on 23 April, as the date is also the anniversary of the death ofWilliam Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, as well as that of the birth or death of several other prominent authors.[2]

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Telling a Good Story – Making a Strong Ending

Any type of narrative writing will be telling a story. When telling and writing your story tell about something that has meaning to you. That will make it much easier to make your story interesting.

So your off to a whiz bang start then you start to fizzle out to a point that you end your story simply with writing – The end. How lame is that.

Luckily  Kristine Nannini from Young Teacher Love shared some wonderful tips for writing narrative endings and shared a helpful chart  found at: youngteacherlove.com

Here’s to better endings!

Narrative_endings

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So You Want to Be A Writer? A Secret for When You Should Write

So many of us want to be a writer and we have to begin somewhere.

To be a good writer read good writing. Here’s an excellent article to get you started.

“I’ve Been Workin’ on My Rewrite, That’s Right”. An Open Letter to a Young Friend Who Wants to be a Scribbler. By Dr. Jeffrey Lant

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At first there will be a lot of garbage coming out. It’s better to get that garbage out so the good stuff can come in.

Here’s a wonderful recording to answer that question So you want to be a writer? by Charles Bukowski telling how to write like Charles Bukowski. It’s read by Tom O’Bedlam. check it out and let me know what you think in the comment box below.

 

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