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Cornelia Fick

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Cornelia Fick is a South African writer. She was longlisted for the Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award (2016). Her debut collection Eye of a Needle: And other stories originated from the MA in Creative Writing course at Rhodes University. She is currently a PhD student at University of the Western Cape. Her poems and stories are in Spelk; Itch; Botsotso; EXPERIMENTAL WRITING: Volume 1, Africa VS Latin America; Soho Square V, Bloomsbury; Atlanta Review etc. She has a keen interest in slavery.

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1. Write every day. It sounds like a cliché but it’s the only way to master your craft.
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1. Write every day. It sounds like a cliché but it’s the only way to master your craft.
2. Set aside time for writing and don’t allow anything or anybody to intrude on your writing time. Friends won’t think writing is a real job so prepare to be firm.
3. If you write in English and it’s not your first language, get a book on English grammar and learn the language.
4. Observe people, how they walk, carry themselves, smile and go about their lives. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at their body.
5. Listen carefully when people speak, not only what they are saying but how they say it, what they do while saying it, etc. It will be invaluable when you have to write dialogue.
6. Find your own way into the story. Some people plan their stories and others just dive in. Find out what works for you.
7. Don’t be swayed by the glamorous idea of being a writer. Writing is hard work that requires commitment. Being creative in the face of a looming deadline is not for the weak-kneed.
8. Don’t talk about an idea for a story before you write it. Let it grow organically in your imagination. Talking about it will disturb this process.
9. Learn how to handle rejection. It is painful but necessary, otherwise how will you grow to become a better writer. But don’t allow someone to kill your writing dream. It is always just the opinion of one person.
10. If you have accomplished your dream and published, take a deep breath and congratulate yourself!(less)
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I’ve finished the second draft of my novel and I’m looking for 5 beta readers to give me feedback before attempting the third rewrite. My project is a historical novel of just over 70 000 words which takes place in the 18th Century during slavery at the Cape of Good Hope.

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TyCobbsTeeth TyCobbsTeeth Good morning Cornelia,
Thanks for connecting with me on GR.
Hope you have a great week.

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