New Summertime author, Joanne Pasquale, talks to Sassy Mama about her family, her life in Singapore, homeschooling her son Jamie who has special needs, and about her first book.
"I have also finally decided to publish my book, A Positive Result, about the ups and downs (excuse the pun) of life as a mum of a child with Down syndrome. It is being published by Summertime Publishing next March to coincide with National Down Syndrome Day."
My professional writing career began when I was in my early twenties with a cookbook called French Tarts. It went on to include writing more than 10 word processing handbooks. I soon realised that everything was written to a formula. There are rules, or guidelines, that help us write everything: poem; restaurant review; memoir; novel; thesis; short story; interview; features article; travel article; yes, everything.
I spent three years working out that SPICE was the formula that would help you to write life story. I learned the formula for writing articles thanks to a decade or two as a freelancer writer and commissioning editor for a range of publications.
What follows is my ‘secret recipe’ for writing a simple features article of 750-1000 words. I hope it helps.
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