Spoke about marrying writing with life at the Singapore Female Festival 2018 on 9 September. It was also a good opportunity to catch up with my current author Teressa Tay and made a new friend, Jedidiah Tan. He wrote up about our little chat: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/curiosity-never-killed-cat-jedidiah-tan
I have written several biographies already – of my father-in-law Ong Tien Soo, Mr Toi Boon How, Mr Lionel Ong and Mr Christopher Victor. Even the 1000-word reports I interviewed and wrote up about cancer survivors and ex-offenders are, in a sense, short biographies. Never once have I received feedback that I was false or… Continue reading On Writing Biographies
How to start writing a book.
Had a constructive meeting with three-time IPPY award winner Emily Lim. I have a lot to learn from her about self-publishing, marketing books and storytelling. I look forward to learning further from her at the Hands On literacy workshop this November which she has graciously invited me to collaborate with her. This is what I… Continue reading Self-Publishing and Marketing Books
My basic demand is that the person who is going to put his name on the cover of the book must be fully committed to the project and own it.
The Writers' Support Group just had its second mtg (10 Oct) and we heard from two members who have already met with a Publisher. These are their tips on what to expect: Meet With Publisher . Bring your CV and Book Proposal. . In yr Proposal: (1) suggest 2-3 alternative Book Titles. (2) Give Chapter Outlines. Give slightly… Continue reading Meeting with Publisher
Dear Authors, During the time you set aside to work on your book, does this thought occasionally cross your mind? “Is this book good enough to be published?” It hits me at least 3 times at each writing session – just before I start, in the middle of writing, and at the end when I’m… Continue reading Self-Doubt
Dear Authors, Just out of curiosity, I’ll like to know what are some of the reasons that keep us from writing our books? Can you indicate one of the following and email back to the group? If your reason is not described here, pls fill in the ‘Others’ blank. You probably have more than 1… Continue reading What Keeps You from Writing?
We just held our first meeting on 19 September 2009. Mission of Group: Finish Your Book! Conduct at Meetings: . Critique with love. Don’t critique the person. . As the receiver of critiques: Receive all criticisms with an open mind. Try not to be defensive. However, you are not obliged to follow our advice. Pick those… Continue reading Writers Group 1st Meeting
I got my news from Mentor Access Project (MAP). I didn’t qualify for the mentorship. My story wasn’t good enough. When I first read the email, I felt so disappointed it was as if bitterness was an acid melting my bones, I felt so limp. I could hardly lift my finger to close the message.… Continue reading Sooo Sad!!!