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Definitely something to think about.
I realised recently that my standard conversation in any take-away always goes something like this:
“Hi, I’ll have a Super Glob Burger, hold the ketchup thanks.”
“I’m sorry, I didn’t understand the question.”
“Could you repeat that please?”
“WAN–CHI – WI – THA?”
“You mean, do I want chips with that? Yes please.”
What does that tell us about writing? First point is that it’s obvious who was speaking – all without a single “I said”, “he said”, or anything else.
More crucial is the mis-spelling. I did that deliberately. What impression does it give of setting and character? A bored burger slider? Background clatter? Me having trouble figuring it out? All of the above? I didn’t say – and that’s important, because it makes the reader think. However, mis-spelling is a trick authors…
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Not sure about number 7. In the right environment in public, like a good cafe, I can write but the others I completely agree with.
In order to write creatively, we need to exercise our free-spirited and impulsive right brain. It might take a while to “liberate” this side of the brain especially if we have worked in fields that are linear, concrete, and require rationale thought. This is what happened to me many years ago when I switched from a career in teaching and publishing to full-time writing. As I began my apprenticeship in the creative arts, I had to dispel several myths about the writing process and writers.
“Lost in My Life (Price Tags) ” by Rachel Perry Welty, DeCordova Museum.
1. Myth: Writers Are Strange.
There is an element of truth to this! Writers (and other creative people) must be willing to look below the surface of everyday life and explore the world and relationships like a curious outsider. This perspective sets us apart, but at the same time, it allows us…
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Some inspirational quotations to keep you going whilst writing.
Here are ten of our favourite quotes about writing, from those who should probably know the most about it – writers themselves. Some of them are witty quotes, others profound, some a mixture. We hope you enjoy them.
‘Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it’s always you versus a blank sheet of paper and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.’
– Neil Gaiman
‘God may reduce you on Judgment Day to tears of shame, reciting by heart the poems you would have written, had your life been good.’
– W. H. Auden
‘A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.’
– Thomas Mann
‘Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.’
– Cyril Connolly
‘The dubious privilege of a freelance writer is that he’s given the…
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