Author: albertasequeira

I'm an Awareness Coach, author, motivational speaker and instructor. My memoirs are A Spiritual Renewal; A Journey to Medjugorje; lease, God, Not Two; This Killer Called Alcoholism. My Narrative Non-Fiction is What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict. A Spiritual Renewal won the Reviewers Choice Award 2008 Semi-Finalist by Reader Views of Austin Texas. Someone Stop This Merry-Go-Round was nominated for the Editor's Choice Award for 2009 by Allbook Review of Canada and was nominated for the Dan Poynter's Global eBook Award 2011. Please, God, Not Two was nominated for the Editor's Choice Award for 2010 by Allbook Review of Canada and featured in the December 20, 2010 Publishers Weekly. My new Narrative Non-Fiction, What is and isn't Working for the Alcoholic and Addict: In Their Own Words had been written by 34 addicts from the USA and Canada. It is a testimony on what they believe is not working in their recovery programs. It's a book for all; the substance abusers, doctors, counselor and family members. I speak to the public and private organizations on "The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family" since I lost a husband and daughter from this disease. I'm a co-host to NBTV-95 cable TV show from New Bedford titled "Authors Without Borders Presents." I interview other authors and writers to learn their journey with roadblocks to getting published. I've finished my first book in the trilogy The Rusty Years. Looking for an agent.

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Finding​ Your Voice as a Writer

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Depending on who you ask, the writer’s voice can be:

A. Your style of writing
B. Your perspective
C. Your tone in writing
D. All of the above

I prefer to go with the inclusive answer: D.

Your writer’s voice is all of the above. Here’s how it breaks down:


The writing style is all about the mechanics of your storytelling. From word choice to sentence structure, your style is how you choose to tell a story.

Over time, your natural style will develop. No one that I know of is born with a signature style of writing. As you read various works of literature, you’ll be influenced by the style of other writers. You’ll pick up bits and pieces along the way that will eventually define your unique style of writing.

It’s akin to your handwriting.

You may write in short, curt sentences or prefer sweeping poetic ones. You may soak your writing is descriptive adjectives, or take a more minimalistic approach.

Whatever style you choose, it will eventually become your hallmark.


Every writer has a perspective. Perspective is not to be confused with the story’s point of view, or method of narration (i.e. first person, third person). Instead, perspective is how you choose to view and relay what’s happening in the story.

Perspective is unique to you. Multiple people can look at the same event and each will come away with something different. The idea is that no one else is standing where you are, so you have a different vantage point.

This is certainly true for you, the writer. As you tell any story, you’re bringing your entire history of experiences with you. You can draw from those experiences to describe characters and events. Your perspective will always be individual.

Imagine yourself retelling the story of Pocahontas. Depending on your life experience along with your attitude about the characters and the setting, you may not see Pocahontas as a Disney movie. Perhaps, you see her as a tragic figure. Perhaps, you see her as a triumphant one. The way you see this character is your perspective and it will affect the way you tell the story.

Perspective is a crucial part of your voice because it determines what you bring forward in the story.


Your tone is your attitude or feeling about the story you’re writing. Tone can fluctuate throughout the story, depending on the scene or the characters. Your tone can be serious, brooding, sardonic, ironic, wistful, formal, cheerful, comical, .etc.

The tone is instrumental in conveying a story the way that you want it to be experienced. Your tone gives the reader cues on how to feel about what’s happening within the story.

It’s an ambient impression.

Let’s say, you’re talking to a child who was doing something wrong. You might say, “Auntie’s keys aren’t for flushing down the toilet, Sweetie,” or “Stop that right now!”

The meaning didn’t change; it’s the tone of voice that changed. In this example, the voice is patient and instructive or impatient and brusque. You’ll make a different impression on the child based on the words you used and your attitude behind those words.

It’s the same thing with creative writing. Your word choice and how you feel about what’s happening to​ merge together to create a tone that’s evident on every page of your story.

The last thing you want is to be monotone. Readers need to feel your excitement, disappointment, disapproval, relief, .etc, as they read through your story. The tone in which you choose to narrate is part of the experience.


So now that you know what writer’s voice is, how do you find your particular writer’s voice?

The truth is, your writer’s voice will take years, if not an entire lifetime, to develop fully. You’re always becoming more and more yourself. However, there are three questions you can use to start defining your writer’s voice, even in its infancy. Ask yourself:

The truth is, your writer’s voice will take years, if not an entire lifetime, to develop fully.
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Choose between three to five adjectives to describe yourself as a writer. Your self-description gives insight into the type of voice you’re likely to have.

I like to describe myself as ironic, playful, and conversational. I’m also drawn to writers with a ​similar tone.

The type of writers that appeal to you can also reveal the type of voice you have. We’re often influenced by the writers we love.


It’s one thing to describe yourself, but don’t stop there. Ask your family and friends to describe your writing.

I did, and the results: relatable, homespun, and easy to read.

You may think you write one way, but your reader experiences something totally different. Knowing how others experience your writing can help you better define your writer’s voice. The more you realize what readers respond to (your descriptive prose, your quick staccato delivery, your smart word choice), the easier it is to hone in on what resonates and makes you a fantastic storyteller


In other words, what writers do you love? What are the voices that you’re attracted to? Are they poetic? Matter-of-fact? Do they weave in a unique brand of humor or are they distant and somber?

Describe why you like these voices. How are they similar? How are they different?

Subconsciously, you’ll infuse these voices with your own to create a one-of-a-kind medley.


Your voice is just as important as the story. Your voice affects how you tell the story, what you choose to bring forward, and how you choose to see what’s happening. How you make a reader feel about the events will impact the way they experience your story.

Remember that your writer’s voice won’t develop overnight. It’s forged from years of experiences, after reading mountains of books, and of course, simply writing– lots of writing.

Ultimately, your voice is how readers learn to recognize you. Your voice is authentic to you and should sound genuine to others. Your voice is the way you see the world– and it won’t be the same as the way someone else sees the world. It’s going to be different– that’s why you’re qualified to tell the story.

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”The Effect of Alcoholism on the Whole Family

* The devastating toll of alcoholism on the family
* The self-destruction of the addict
* For those looking for strength from their own alcoholic-driven problems
* The enabling
* Blackouts/physical and emotional abuse
* Denial
* Protecting the children
* Breakdowns
* Feelings of hopelessness
* Communication in the marriage
* Professional help
* Separation or divorce
* Ignoring the signs of teenage drinking
* Hidden emotional problems with the children
* Taking time to listen and communicate with your teen
* Giving complete support
* Being involved in their counseling, doctor’s appointments and recovery program

“My Spiritual Changes Within”

* Focus on relationships with our loved ones
* Strengthening your belief in your faith
* Tours to Medjugorje/spiritual renewals
* Alberta’s spiritual experience in Medjugorje
* The secrets Our Lady is giving the visionaries
* Description of the apparitions
* The importance of Confession
* Miracles all around us
* Awareness of God in our lives
* Alberta encourages us to examine our life
* Recognize the value of thankfulness
* Saying goodbye to our loved ones
* Renew the joy in life

”Where am I Heading?”

(School Program)
* The introduction to alcohol and drugs
* Signs of alcohol abuse
* Following the crowd
* Binge drinking
* Hereditary or a disease
* Habit, action, location, and friends
* Facing your family and school problems
* Recovery programs
* Breaking from the drinking and drug friends
* Getting on with life
* The reality of Cirrhosis of the Liver

**Alberta is willing to talk on any topic you may want for your event. She would love to discuss what would be the best fit. Please feel free to send questions to

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References from the Bristol Correction Office at Faunce Corner Road in North Dartmouth, MA:
1. Rui M. Lima, MA, MSW, LICSW, Director of Substance Abuse & Social Servies Programs & Treatment: Telephone: 508-995-6400 ext. 2821
2. Matthew Robitaille, Director of Classification and Programs;​ Telephone: 508-995-6400 ext. 2504

Alberta Sequeira


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How to Start Your Manuscript

Shaik Arif, former Blogger at Frndzzy
I am dividing the answer into three parts:

The foremost thing: As a writer you need to have an idea in your mind. Once you have the idea, stick to it and sketch a plot on how you will execute the idea with a pen on a paper or type it in a device. Because you need have a clear mind before you begin writing to avoid writer’s block. So planning is important before writing. Remember, whatever you plan to write, see that it will inspire your readers. Give the piece of writing touch of fascination, humour, and mixture of all emotions. But don’t forget to add inspiration in it. Indeed you will have inspiration, which is why you will be writing. But inspiring others and moving their hearts is the real accomplishment for a writer.

Important thing to consider while writing:
After you plan everything properly, it is time for you to begin writing. To convey your idea to your readers make sure that you use good language— grammar, vocabulary, phrasing, and simple but concise, and eloquent writing style— these would be the tools for your while you write. Make effective use of each tool so that you execute your idea near to perfection. Reaching perfection is not possible because humans err, perfect and ideal things are mere imagination. The best you give will be the near perfect outcome.

Important thing to consider after writing:
Do not be done with writing. Do not stop there. Revise your content— line to line—twice, thrice, and more times if necessary. Look for and correct the mistakes you made, if there are any. Also see if you can change any sentence, try re-wording or rephrasing your sentences and see which conveys your point the best.

After all the three points, you would be done and the outcome— the piece of writing you wanted, ready to move people’s hearts and fetch you an applause.

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For someone who had no desire to write, my table has no space. Since this picture, I have more published and enjoyed writing them all.
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