Writing is hard work; especially if you don’t even open a note pad outside of lectures and assignments as I have found in recent months. Is it possible to love and hate writing? Continue reading “The Ugly Truth about Writing”
Sorry for the lack of posting over the bank holiday weekend; I’ve been struck down by a particularly nasty virus (and I have an interview tomorrow morning, sigh) so I have been resting up with my favourite salted caramel hot chocolate and checking out Netflix’s adaptation of The Mist. Options Indulgence is the way forward… honest! For now I am going to go catch up on much needed sleep but I’ll be back tomorrow evening to discuss with a double posting: ‘How to Make More Time for Writing’ AND ‘Why You Need to to Watch The Incredible Jessica James’. Whew, I’m exhausted just thinking about it… Good night and happy posting!
The key to creating an epic novel or screenplay is to create a world that the reader can fully immerse themselves in. No matter what the setting (real or fictional) it needs to be fully fleshed out with a clear sense of time, place and rules.
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There is a huge debate about when it is acceptable to call yourself a writer but I’m here to tell you to own it, stand up proudly and say ‘Yes I am a writer’!
Sigh, I’m afraid it has been one those days guys. It’s hard work keeping yourself motivated when rejection after rejection just keep coming in so I thought I would write a post today about handling it like a pro!
People will tell you not to give up but I say that just because you love something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let it go.
We have all faced difficult choices in our day to day lives, whether it’s choosing to move to a new city where you don’t know anyone or ending a relationship that isn’t working or even a change in career.
So you’ve completed your first draft. Congratulations! You made it. Now it is time for the real work to begin. It’s time to get some constructive feedback and redraft before you rush out to badger HarperCollins or Bloomsbury in to publishing your work.
Just like professional athletes building up their physical strength or chefs learning to cook gourmet dishes you have to train your brain muscles regularly in order to maximise your output. In order to achieve this I have composed a series of short writing exercises to complete at your own leisure.
So you have an idea? Great, now what?
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, ideas are the easy part. It’s putting pen to paper that is the challenging bit; what seems like a great idea in theory is proving somewhat challenging to actually put down in words. We’ve all been there at three am banging our heads against the table but my advice to you is this, to simply put the pen down and walk away.