We got 5 tips for the price of 3 with our next author, the wonderful Misbah Akhtar. She has the debut Blog Tour of her book ‘Ramadan without Daddy’ taking place from 7th Aug – 11th Aug 2017.
Misbah states on her website that: “My passion is to inspire others through real life experiences; humor and lessons learned; but perhaps best of all, by just simply caring.”
On being asked to provide her top tips for writing, she came up with the following:
Tip 1: Make Time – Make time for your writing. Even if it’s only a paragraph, write something every day. This will get you in to the habit of writing. As long as you are writing, it doesn’t matter what it’s about.
Tip 2: Write from the Heart – Don’t worry about what you think others want to read; write what YOU would want to read. You are more likely to be passionate about your work and that will reflect in its quality.
Tip 3: Read – Read, read and read some more. This broadens your vocabulary and enables you to study other texts even if you think you’re just “reading”.
Tip 4: Active voice – Use the active voice and not passive. It took me a while to get the hang of it but it makes for better writing. The passive voice is when something is being done TO the subject rather than the subject DOING the action.
Tip 5: Show emotion – Show emotion and tell feeling. If everything you write is all about showing, you’ll end up with more descriptive words than anything else!
Mother of four, Misbah, tackles the very serious and sometimes difficult issue of divorce and single parenthood in her latest work ‘Ramadan without Daddy’.
“The concept of Divorce is very challenging for young children. This book is based around a Muslim family and the story of young Khadija helping her mother and brother. The story gives many opportunities for positive discussion for parents and educators wanting to explore this difficult concept with balanced sensitivity from an Islamic perspective.”
We will be doing a review of the book to be published soon insha Allah. In the meantime, you can enter our #Giveaway for a chance to win a print copy of the book in our next post on the blog.
You can order a copy of the book for yourself from the Amazon link below: