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@nicdasilva @tuppence – sheros who exert the power of choice – “New Girl on the Writers’ Block” – #Communicardo2

Two actresses who coloured my writings of fictional heroine Salt Delray in the novel #Entrangement Where Colours Don’t Bleed, were Nicole da Silva and Tuppence Middleton.

In the first 16 pages the reader learns how the character of Salt must exert the power of choice and risk everything to save her lover’s death – following these opening scenes – laying down the foundations – the story starts once Salt escapes imprisonment and enters a hidden underworld – which soon turns into a very different, terrifying reality…

Lethally Lovely –

Without taking inspiration from both actresses Nicole da Silva and Tuppence Middleton; who have played lovely but lethal heroines, #Entrangement would undoubtedly have had a very different beginning. For as every writer knows, in the creation of characters – they must reveal themselves as people do – through appearance, voice, mannerisms and subtle behaviours and attitudes before we, the reader, can see them for who they really are.

Indelible Sheros –

From Nicole da Silva’s depiction of Franky in the series Wentworth, I was able to draw upon the mind-set that “difficult doesn’t mean impossible” for my heroine, Salt. Nicole portrays a woman who, when all would appear to be against her, can and will seek an alternative with formidable creativity. A heroine to be reckoned with, not against.

While viewing actress, Tuppence Middleton in The Lady Vanishes – showing both vulnerability and determination against falsehoods, I wrote the opening page to the novel #Entrangement – which remains as true as the day I first wrote it:

Opening extract:

#Salt – Sensing I am alone now, I open my eyes and confirm there is nothing between myself and the flickering source of candle light, only the book – I reach down and take its edge.

Moments ago, a prison guard hurled the book into my cell – taunting words followed – according to common wisdom it’s unlucky for a prisoner to read their own book of life. The truth is – I am my own woman, and anyone who claims I am not, professes to know a different me!

I lower the book, letting the candlelight shine onto it. The title reads: Prisoner Of The Past: Salt Delray. I open it, but am bedazzled by dancing light and shadows. Only a stir of knowing reaches up from the pages; and I’m transfixed, seemingly recognising the outline of words. The book becomes heavier in my hands as new pages and chapters are added to the volume – it appears to be writing itself.

I take the candle and move it close to the book. The hot wax drips onto the pages, the liquid runs, spelling out words as it presses and cools to congeal. It has written: If you sit very still, you can hear the sun move. The meaning doesn’t resonate to me. Then I gasp, sighting a kiss from the flame to the book’s corner. Instantly my fingers fly to knockback the fire, but the book has already changed into charred paper, unravelling wisps drift upwards and out through my prison cell window, towards the setting sola sun.

Turning my face to the wall, despair escapes me which isn’t silent. I only hope my instincts aren’t as close as far away. For I have read of a time and a place yet to be lived – the future. If I’m right, and this isn’t a cruel deception, then my life will continue.

But if I’m wrong?

The cell door bangs open. I wheel round. A prison guard rasps, “It’s time!”

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Blog series – “New Girl on the Writers’ Block” – #Communicardo1 – So you want to be a writer?

Firstly: That’s great! Action comes from intention, and you have every intention of moving towards a creative life based on your own terms.

Secondly: That’s the easy part over with! From now on; whether you’re writing abilities include engaging readers through fiction, non-fiction, synopsis (short and long descriptions), tag-lines, adverts, blog posts, social media content, script-writing and/or html code – it’s not easy.

Many talented writer’s fall from the curb in the sky when results don’t show themselves overnight. You have to be patient and persistent with your writing efforts. banner with text quote from self-help author Shelley Wilson

How not to fall from the curb in the sky – write way writing?

It takes effort, talent and active re-thinking, re-working, re-writing – bending different writing roles to turn the life you envisage for yourself into reality.

Take courage from encouragement – there is no better time to start than now. Technology has made the impossible possible. A writer now has every opportunity to become self-made through self-publishing – no longer does your natural creative mind have to adhere to recent writing trends that big book publishers are only interested in signing; as they search for echoes of voices from yesterday’s success in order to repeat and project into their future authors.

There’s a whole world out there of potential readers for you, if you, choose to go it alone. Research is available to you from the internet – ensuring learning how to become visible as a writer is possible. So what you are waiting for? Do it!

The lure of failure – don’t allow failure to hold you back from succeeding as a writer banner with

I’m a firm believer – how you deal with disappointment shows you for who you really are. Your true character. A failure – whether in love-life, work-life, home-life, can sometimes be the making of you. Use this energy to motivate you forward, not drive you back into past regrets.

Nothing can be gained by dwelling on the past, you’ve lived it once, don’t re-live it again. Instead take responsibility for you; plot and plan how to go about creating a new you – with a better future – a writing future.

Why listen to me, when each experience lived is individual to the writer living it?

When it comes to writing – there is no right or wrong way – there’s just your way! By taking on other people’s rules of writing, it can stunt you own natural rhythm and curb your imagination. Don’t allow it! Instead, make you own rules, break them if necessary if it means you’ll achieve your own personal best. Don’t be too hard on yourself.

The experiences I share through this blog series “New Girl On The Writers’ Block” published on, are just that – my experiences. There may or may not suit you. I can only say, I include things I would tell my younger self if given the opportunity when first starting out as a writer – I look forward to reading your comments…

Zizzi x

Statistics are like a bikini… #MondayMorningBlog

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Did you know Aaron Levenstein once said,

“Statistics are like a bikini – what they reveal is suggestive, but what they conceal is vital.”

In 2015 a record 85,000 people changed their names by deed poll in the UK, The Times reported.

Names included:

Happy Birthday –

Bacon Double Cheeseburger –

Penelope Pitstop – after the character in the Wacky Races

penelope pitstop character from wacky races


What character name would you choose for yourself?

Phantasy fiction – 3 points – from writer’s imagination to publication

More often than not the advice to budding writers is to write what they know. But there are exceptions to this rule – and none more than when writing phantasy.

Engage from the get go of your story



  • POINT 1 – kick start your story with something phantastical – don’t wait until the end of first chapter to engage the reader

Be consistent with the rules you choose to write




  • POINT 2 – the writer makes the rules, but take care not to break the rules you put in place. If you have created a structure by which your characters live by, such as they can’t pronounce the letter R because it was stolen, don’t then change this rule half-way through the story by having them speak perfect English.

Extract – #GirlRogues Braggadocio, verse “Alphabet Thief”

WANTED: A cwiminal stole a piece of the alphabet: that which follows Q but pwecedes S.


The suspect was seen escaping on wollah-skates passed the “Wagon ‘n Hose” as fah as one day gone by.


A witness who wishes to wemain nameless said the culpwit was: “Not wed, but wudely wouge, with wosey cheeks and winkled ankle boots.” Adding: “She was equipped with a wolling-pin and skillfully disagweeable.”


The imminent wace is on to find the stolen alphabet epistle in the hope of stopping the wobba wunning a mock of the witten language.


If you have any news of the wogue in question, please contact the authowities on: twiple-thwee-twiple-eight.


Please note it is an offence to supply a false statement.


Penalty: a wun wound the woundabouts with Wobbie Willis.

3 – Remember characters should reveal themselves like people do



  • POINT 3 – what motivates baddies to be the way they are? Not all have complex issues, maybe it’s just because they can. Nevertheless, there is a reason. Your characters should reveal themselves like people do through APPEARANCE, VOICE, MANNERISMS, ATTITUDES and in doing so, allowing us to see them for who they really are…


Why do you think the “Alphabet Thief” stole the letter R in the verse above?