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Jessica Bell

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Jessica Bell is a multi-award-winning author/poet and singer-songwriter who was born in Melbourne, Australia.

In addition to having published a memoir, five novels, three poetry collections, and her bestselling Writing in a Nutshell series, she has been featured in a variety of publications and radio shows such as Writer’s Digest, Publisher’s Weekly, The Guardian, Life Matters, and Poetica.

She is also the Publisher of Vine Leaves Press, and a highly sought-after book cover designer. She currently resides in Athens, Greece, with her partner and son, and a pile of dishes that still don’t know how to wash themselves despite her consistently teaching by example.

For more information visit: iamjessicabell.com

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Jessica Bell Hi Jason. I think I'm in a perpetual state of anxiety and insecurity when it comes to my writing. No matter how much praise I garner, there is always …moreHi Jason. I think I'm in a perpetual state of anxiety and insecurity when it comes to my writing. No matter how much praise I garner, there is always going to be a voice in my head telling me that I'm not good enough. I think it's a slight case of Impostor Syndrome, and I also believe that every creative person, whether a writer, artist, musician, etc, is going to feel like this a lot of the time. So, I guess there isn't anything really that shakes my confidence except my own sense of myself. I really am my worst critic!(less)
Jessica Bell Hi Lorenzo,

Good question! I'd say the best thing to do is to study up on the "show, don't tell" technique. Through showing rather than telling, you en…more
Hi Lorenzo,

Good question! I'd say the best thing to do is to study up on the "show, don't tell" technique. Through showing rather than telling, you enable readers to actually FEEL what is going on, instead of just reading about what it going on. For example, notice the difference between the following examples:

Telling:
My mother got drunk again last night and passed out on the sofa. She looks like a disgusting street bum and the house smells like vomit and cigarettes.

Showing:
I watch a glob of drool vibrate in the corner of my mother’s mouth with every breath of air that struggles through her sticky cracked lips. Strands of stiff bleach-blonde hair, clumped together and matted below her ear, look petrified with dried vomit. Her fingers twitch. She has two black nails from when she jammed them in the hinge of the alcohol cabinet door. She groans. One eye opens. A vibrant crystal blue bordered with a yellowy, bloodshot white. Her eye closes, and she sits up, blindly reaching toward the coffee table for her pack of 50s. It’s empty. She scrunches the packet and throws it across the room. It lands between an urn and an empty bottle of gin on the mantle. She opens and closes her mouth in what seems an attempt to rehydrate it, and clicks her tongue, as if tasting something foul.

Hope that helps!






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“If music were wind, I would live in a hurricane.”
Jessica Bell, String Bridge

“Learn the rules, then break them intelligently.”
Jessica Bell

“I don’t know how to pray,
but I’ve seen them do it
on TV; kneeling by a bed
in nightgowns, hands woven
like secret friends.”
Jessica Bell, Twisted Velvet Chains
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“Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.”
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“That’s what love is like: mother of the greatest bliss and stepmother of the most tragic misery.”
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“Learn the rules, then break them intelligently.”
Jessica Bell

“Think of literary fiction as a meal with intricate scents, flavors, and textures that you can’t recognize unless you chew with your eyes closed.”
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message 10: by Maureen

Maureen Mullis Hellow Jessica, thank you for adding this fellow author into your circle of friends here on Goodreads. I hope you'll add my novels including the cozy mysteries (What Would Nancy Do?, Lethal Prescription), In the Company of Women, The Christmas to Remember and Finding Normal to your to-read list. I look forward to reading your book reviews and recommendations. Happy reading!


Jessica Bell Christine wrote: "Thanks for being my friend"

thanks for accepting!


Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


Jessica Bell Trisha wrote: "Hey Jessica, cheers for the friending over here too :D Hope you are reading all sorts of goodness! My struggle is always deciding what to read next from my book shelf!"

Ha! Yes, I struggle with that SO often ... there are too many good books out there!


Trisha Hey Jessica, cheers for the friending over here too :D Hope you are reading all sorts of goodness! My struggle is always deciding what to read next from my book shelf!


Jessica Bell Haha :) Thanks, Georges!


Jessica Bell Likewise! :) Have a great weekend!


message 3: by Elcio

Elcio Brito thanks for the add! have a wonderful weekend!


William O'Brien Hi Jessica - Thank you for your friendship!
Please visit my website http://www.peteradarkenedfairytale.co.uk
to view a sample page and many other snippets about the book.
Expected release date late Jan.
Best wishes, William


message 1: by Acép

Acép hi, howdy...
thanks for the confirm


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