Successful Women of Israel

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Month: December 2013

Happy 2014!

“There’s absolutely nothing witty about your writing.”
“Oh” I said, surprised.
“Look, really it’s nothing personal. To be a writer you need to do more than just put a pen to paper and write words. It’s about the rhythm, the voice and about bringing descriptions to life; like you can touch them, feel them, smell them.”
“And I don’t do that?” I asked hurt.
“Well, not exactly. But look” she went on, “I’m not saying that you can’t improve, I’m just saying that right now, at this moment in time, there’s nothing you can do with your writing.”

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Starting a Business

It’s hard to believe, but my fledgling copywriting business is almost a year old. I started Ink of Imagination in January 2013 and so far I’m having the time of my life doing what I love while meeting new people, picking up new skills and enjoying a flexible work schedule. I learned a few things this past year and I’d like to share just a few with anybody who may be thinking of a career change and/or starting their own business in 2014.

  1. Build a Bridge

Career changes are very common. In North America and the UK it is common for individuals to change their careers anywhere between three and seven times during their lifetime. That said, career changes are less common in Israel and so I feared disclosing my career change.

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The Best Books on Creative Writing – 2013

As promised, I’m back this week with another Best of 2013 post.

This week I’ll explore the best in 2013 non-fiction creative-writing books. Note: these are not books that were written in 2013 but rather books that I read in 2013 and loved.

  1. The Constant Art of Being a Writer by N.M Kelby
  2. On Writing by Stephen King
  3. On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner

The Constant Art of Being a Writer was a gift from my brother. When I first took a look at it, I didn’t have high hopes for it as it was not on my long wish list.  It should have been.

The book is divided into the three aspects of the writer’s life:  the life, the work and the business. The life refers of course to the writer’s creative life and well-being. The work refers to the project the writer takes upon herself, though here Kelby only discusses the novel, I found this pertinent to me, but it may be less relevant for one who is writing a screenplay. The business discusses exactly that – agents, sales, publicity and even self-publishing. I haven’t gotten to that stage yet, but when I do, I’m sure Kelby’s insights will be most helpful.

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The Best Fiction – 2013

As the end of 2013 nears I feel it’s a good time to look back up on my year and share the bests. So I’m planning, if all goes well, the next four weeks to share what 2013 has blessed me with.

This week, I’ll share my best in books. Fiction only.

I’ve got five superstars for you. All are classics – because sometimes it’s important to stick with what’s old and known.

I didn’t know these books were great when I started them. I don’t think all classics are. But to my mind, these were the best of the best on my reading list this past year and if you haven’t read them yet, well, you should.

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Read Books. Know.

Our digital world is changing the way we read and the way we learn.
Until before the age of the internet and the e-book, we learned much of what we know from books. But things have changed. And I fear that in the age of the super-information-highway and our need to find the quickest way to get things done, we may not be allowing ourselves enough time to process information and properly gain knowledge.

I say this in light of an article in the New York Times. It mentions an ambitious start-up called Citia. Citia’s goal is to turn a nonfiction book into smaller chunks of information, perhaps believing these to be more easily digestible in terms of time. And they may be right, if our goal is in fact to save time.

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