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ABOUT CLIVE HARMAN

 

1941 I was born in a place called Twyford Lodge. Some say it was the Maternity Ward of Park Royal Hospital. Others say it was the Work House.
1959 to 1960 I was in the Royal Engineers.
1960 to 1961 I was training for Special Forces
1973 to 2000 I worked in the training industry
From 2000 I started my own training company and wrote my own training programmes.
2009 I retired.
2010 I started to write My Shattered Dreams The Story of my Life.

Although I had written training programmes and other non fiction Books for training purposes I had never considered writing my story until my daughter started asking questions about my life before she was born and out of the blue she asked me to write her a book about my life.
I could not write it as a non fiction book, as ten years of it was in Special Forces and I was under the official Secret act. To get around this I wrote the books as a special kind of fiction based very much on my own, real-life experiences, good, bad and in between with tragedy, love, comradeship and shattered dreams. These are some of the elements that have made up the adventures and challenges of my life before retiring and they have all been made into my tale of Danny Fox, which takes its key elements from my own personal experiences.

Being dyslexic writing a book was not easy and after a few false starts, it took me two years to finished it. I called it Shattered Dreams The Story of my life and got it printed in 3 volumes of hardback books and gave them to my daughter.

Since I had it Printed many people have asked how I managed it and I started relaying odds bits and pieces to them. Once more my daughter said I should write a book of lessons on How to write your book. This time, after thinking about it, I decided I wouldn't write a book, but I would write posts on my Blog so anyone can read it without costing them money.

It is important, no matter what you are doing is to plan and prepare, writing a book is no different. Try to work out how many hours you can spend a week. Draw up a timetable and allocate time to different activities like planning, reading, research, writing, even revising. You will not always be able to stick to any plan rigidly, but you should always work with one.

When I was writing my book and training manuals I always found a place that I was comfortable in and I could relax. Even better it inspired me as well. Although mine was the spare bedroom, but could be anywhere from a table in the kitchen, or even the local library. Just make sure you can let your imagination run freely.


Remember: A quiet atmosphere and a clear space [get rid of the non related clutter] will keep your mind and thoughts on your work.

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