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Two Free E-Books on Writing a Book

August 2, 2009

    1. Have you ever felt that you have valuable experience or ideas that could become the basis for a book? Perhaps you have no idea how to set about writing a book. Here are TWO FREE EBOOKS to help you get started.
      The Easy Way to Write presents "Becoming a Successful Writer" by Rob Parnell
      Rob Parnell is owner and founder of the Easy Way to Write, an Internet copany established in 2002 dedicated to providing excellent writing resources to writers of any proficiency from beginner to seasoned pro. The Easy Way to Write provides books and corses designed to help authors with anything from self-motivation and practical writing solutions to selling their work.
      "Writing for Fun and Profit" by Brian Scott
      He writes; "I've kept this book extreely simple for several very simple purposes:
      1) To show you how easy ti is to write your own book.
      2) To show you that it it really is a step-by-step process that you can follow over and over again.

      I want one very simple thing from you.

      I want you to forget everything you've learnt or heard or felt or thin is the truth. Not forever, just while you read through this book. I want you to read this with an open ind and a blank slate.

      Tales my Ghanaian Grandmother Told Me

  • Nuggets of Wisdom from Writers

    July 12, 2009


    I have always been admiring of and intrigued by people who are able to express their wisdom and insight in a clear and pithy manner. Here are a few gems on writing.

    “The total life of the writer
    is the source of his work,
    all of these go into his writing
    in varying quantities:

    the sense, as of taste and touch,
    the rate of metabolism, blood pressure,
    the digestion, body temperature,
    the memory of things past,
    perhaps going back to the childhood
    not only of the writer but of the race itself.

    The success of his work
    depends on the liveliness
    and alertness of his brain,
    previous reading of books,
    shrewdness of insight into human character,
    his ear for the sound of language.

    The writer, therefore,
    must have a more than ordinary
    capacity for life
    and the power to retain what he experiences.”

    Paul Engle

    “I write for the same reason I breathe- because if I didn’t, I would die.” Isaac Asimov

    “You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world… The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way … people look at reality, then you can change it.” James Arthur Baldwin

    “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters – one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.” Saul David Alinsky

    A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.” Franz Kafka

    “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” Jack London

    “You must write for children the same way you write for adults, only better” Maxim Gorky

    Tales my Ghanaian Grandmother Told Me

    Shush! Writer at Work

    July 8, 2009

    I’ve finally decided on a plan of action for fitting writing my next book into the rest of my life. Mornings are good for me. If I wake up early enough I get to enjoy the down chorus. Then breakfast, exercise and bathing come nexr. I’m full of energy until late afternoon when things rapidly go downhill.

    The best plan seems to be for me to try and do my writing first thing after breakfast. This is not set in stone as sometimes something else will have to take priority. I’ve no intention of stressing myself out by trying to maintain a rigid regime.

    The characters and the plot of this book for 12 year olds are growing and taking shape. Although I enjoy writing I am nevertheless disquieted by this book which will of necessity portray violence.

    The thought passed through my mind in an idle moment that children’s stories give authors an opportunity to invent words. I thought of “smish” a word combining the idea of “smear” and “smash” and “schroon” for screaming and groaning at the same time.
    If you have any words that you would like to bring into existence do please let me post them. Thank you.

    Tales my Ghanaian Grandmother Told Me by Dzagbe Cudjoe


    April 17, 2009


    This book is about “How to…” but it’s not about making money, the number one theme of most e-books. It ‘s about improving the Health and Wellbeing of your special needs child through Dance.

    This manual is absolutely unique. It really is the only one of its kind! It is written to encourage and to help the parents and carers of children with special needs to set up their own Dance Movement therapy groups. No other professional Dance Movement therapist has suggested that this is possible.

    Yes, I know – there are books on Dance Movement for the use of teachers in schools. But this is often using dance only to reinforce lesson work. This is a good thing but I offer MUCH more. It is also true that increasing numbers of dance schools welcome the child with special needs. Again this is a good thing but what is practiced is not necessarily Dance Movement Therapy. The dancing is usually geared towards the able-bodied ;majority with little or no adaptations for the child with special needs. The special needs children strive to reach often unobtainable standards. THIS DOES NOT ENCOURAGE THE CHILDREN TO ENJOY DANCE. My method is fun and totally in involves everyone in a relaxed atmosphere. This increases the children’s feelings of self-worth and confidence to try new things. It is also good exercise which increases lung capacity, flexibility and improves posture.

    Following my suggestions you can unlock the fountain of natural, joyous, spontaneous dance within your child. Movement which comes from deep within a person is a true expression of themselves. These movements truly express the person who is dancing and are never, ever ugly. Such dance strengthens the Mind,Body,Spirit connection. You will get to learn new things about your child and to deepen the bonds between you. You will be helping your child to realize his or her full potential. This manual has been written because I believe from the bottom of my heart that the parents of children with special needs can be taught to help their child through Dance Movement therapy.

    Dance Movement therapy is gaining acceptance in general, but in many parts of the world is unobtainable, and in others expensive and hard to find. My suggestions can be made relevant to any culture in the world.

    I hope that this manual will give you the confidence and know-how to start your own Dance Movement Therapy group.

    STEP 1


    Now that I’ve told you something about myself I want to get right back to the purpose of this manual. I’ve already stated with total conviction that I think parents can become Dance Movement teachers to their children with special needs.

    Why do I believe this?

    Let me ask you some questions first:-

    Do you desperately want to help your child who has special needs?

    Are you looking for a method to calm/stimulate him or her?

    Are you looking for a method to have a very deep level of communication with him or her?

    Are you looking for ways to have fun and explore the potential of your child?

    Are you looking for ways to help your child to integrate socially?

    Are you looking for a way to improve your child’s posture and co-ordination?

    Are you looking for ways to give your child confidence and a feeling of self-worth?

    If your answer to these questions is “Yes” then this manual is most definitely for you!

    I really want to reassure you that you do NOT need to be a professionally trained dancer to be a successful Dance Movement Therapist. It is important though that you find enjoyment in dance. What is essential is to be able to recognize and understand the power of dance movement. To go from movement to dance is a smaller step than you might imagine. AND I intend to give you lots of tips as to how to do this.

    Nearly all of us, even the most profoundly disabled, are often capable of a level of dance. You can dance using only your fingers and/or toes. All of us have an inbuilt ability to dance though clearly some people have greater talent than others.

    ONE WORD OF WARNING! DO NOT EVER MANIPULATE A CHILD INTO A POSITION. These are not physiotherapy sessions, nor gymnastic sessions, nor formal dance lessons. These sessions are about self-expression through Dance Movement.

    Also please be clear that Dance Movement Therapy is not necessarily going to be a cure in the medical sense but it can bring bout both physical and psychological improvement.

    I implore you not to be frightened and put off by the idea of dance. You can move! I’ll show you how to turn simple everyday movement into dance. Dance Movement Therapy is a wide ranging term and it can even lead into very physical games. Great emphasis is being laid on the fact that parents are capable of conducting Dance Movement sessions with their children who have special needs. This really is true in the main.

    You will take to Dance Movement therapy like a duck to water if:-

    You are open to new ideas

    You have confidence in yourself

    You are sociable and outgoing

    You are intuitive

    You enjoy music

    You enjoy physical activity

    You do not expect results overnight


    You are very introverted

    Other peoples opinions are paramount in your life

    You are unable to be yourself

    You have difficulty communicating your thoughts and feelings

    You are uncomfortable with physical contact

    You are very conservative in your outlook

    You have difficulty being spontaneous

    then you may find things a little more difficult at the beginning. Just because someone is not immediately brilliant at something does not mean that the person is not deriving benefit from what they are doing. –You will receive great personal benefit from the sessions.


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