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Jessica Bell

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If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she'd give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. This is not only because she currently resides in Athens, Greece, but because of her life as a 30-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, award-winning poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs she's written.

Being the daughter of a semi-famous rock 'n' roll duo from Melbourne, she grew up surrounded by song. For a while it seemed logical to travel the musician's path, especially when her first band, spAnk, hit it off in the Melbourne indie music scene back in the late 90s. Although she spent her years writing and recording dozens of songs she decided she als
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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…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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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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