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How to get ahead: Donna Karan

Donna Karan : “Time is your most valuable commodity and a precious resource. Prioritize! To me, that means putting aside time for what matters, including time to creatively recharge and meditate, as well as time to be with your family.” [quote from ‘Grazia’ magazine January 18, 2010] Fashion designer Karan is right. I don’t know about time to meditate, but I do put aside time to write. I have many writer friends with small children and jobs, who still manage to write by scheduling an hour in their diaries here and there. Just thinking about writing, wishing you were writing, doesn’t put the words on the page. What’s the best advice about writing you’ve ever been given? For Donna Karan’s website, click here.   ‘My Journey’ by Donna Karan [UK: Ballantine Books] Buy now Try these tips to get ahead:- Zandra Rhodes Anya Hindmarch Vivienne Westwood And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: Prioritize to get ahead: advice from #fashion designer Donna Karan via @SandraDanby #amwriting http://wp.me/p5gEM4-1aB
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Categories: On Writing.

How to get ahead: Anya Hindmarch

Anya Hindmarch “The most important thing I’ve learned over the years is: don’t lose sight of who will wear your designs. Don’t get carried away by what others think, as often their views are about art and not sales, and sadly sales are what is required to fund your art.” [Anya Hindmarch, quoted in ‘Grazia’ magazine January 18, 2010] A sticky one this. Applying Anya’s advice to novels, should we focus on our readers rather than the story? It sounds suspiciously like writing-to-a-formula to me. There has to be a middle way for an author, of writing the story you want to tell in a way you hope your readers will want to read it. If you focus only on what sells, what is trending, you run the risk of trying to write what is popular now and finishing it after the trend has moved on. So, write what is true to yourself. What’s the best advice about writing you’ve ever been given? For Anya Hindmarch’s website, click here. Don’t know who Anya Hindmarch is? Read this article in the Daily Telegraph about the handbag designer. Try these tips to get ahead:- Donna Karan Gail Rebuck Kate Silverton And if
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Categories: On Writing.

How to get ahead: Zandra Rhodes

Zandra Rhodes “Don’t see any job as beneath you. There is no such thing as a small job – only small people. The reality is, because of the credit crunch, there aren’t that many roles out there. If you have to go to a lesser job, do it with the best intentions, as you don’t know what it might lead to. All the best interns I’ve had working for me – like Philip Treacy and Matthew Williamson – would turn their hand to any task, even if it was just making a cup of tea.” [Zandra Rhodes, quote from ‘Grazia’ magazine January 18, 2010] Dame Zandra Rhodes is a British fashion legend. If she asked me to make a cup of tea, I would make one. Her advice works for me in strong economic times, as well as in poor. The best way to learn any job is bottom-up. The best way to write a novel is to write, write lots, write every day. Write flash fiction, short stories, poetry, essays, blogs. Unfortunately best-selling novelists don’t take on interns, as fashion designers do. Otherwise I’d be first in the queue… Kate Atkinson, PD James, Philippa Gregory. Which novelist would you
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Categories: On Writing.

How to Get Ahead: Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood “Learn from those who’ve come before you. This is true for any discipline, not just fashion. It’s a sickness of the modern age – all too often, people decide they want to do something but don’t take the time to master the discipline in the first place.” [Vivienne Westwood, quote from ‘Grazia’ magazine January 18, 2010] You don’t have to like fashion to have heard of Dame Vivienne Westwood. She truly is one alone. She has designed and sold clothes since 1971 when her boyfriend Malcolm McLaren opened a shop called Let It Rock at 430 King’s Road, London, challenging the establishment every step of the way in her own eccentric inspirational way. As a young Yorkshire journalist in London, she showed me that it was okay to have a northern accent. What Westwood is saying here is ‘learn the rules before you break them’. Not something you want to hear when you are young but something that does apply to writing. Perhaps it’s the journalist in me but I have always been a bit of a stickler for the Style Book, and I know I continue to use the same grammatical and style rules I learned as
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Categories: On Writing.

Love books? Carry a handbag book

Check out designer these clutch bags by Olympia Le-Tan, for every book-loving girl. My favourites are:- The Catcher in the Rye Love Story… ah, Ryan O’Neal and Ali McGraw, that takes me back to my teenage years. I’m not sure about the purple and pink colour scheme for Jane Eyre though. The list of titles at her website is endless, lots of French novels, plus Moby Dick, Dracula, and A Streetcar Named Desire.   ‘The Story of O.L.T.’ by Olympia Le-Tan [UK: Rizzoli] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If you love #books you’ll love these bags by @olympialetan http://wp.me/p5gEM4-cc via @SandraDanby
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Categories: Book Love.

If books were real, Mattie Ross…

Mattie Ross …would be a women’s rights lawyer with a secret Stella McCartney habit.   How would other fictional characters behave, if they were real? Torak in ‘Wolf Brother’ Bella Swan, vampire, in ‘Breaking Dawn’ Jackson Brodie in ‘Case Histories’ To read the first paragraph of True Grit, click here.   ‘True Grit’ by Charles Portis [UK: Bloomsbury] And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: If #books were real, Mattie Ross would become a lawyer: TRUE GRIT by Charles Portis via @SandraDanby http://wp.me/p5gEM4-az
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Categories: Book Love and If books were real....