Sunday, 29 December 2013

A Year Of Doing Nothing

A New Year approaches and a mirror is put in front of our faces so that we can reflect on the year that has passed and resolve to make the next year bigger, better, faster, stronger (or maybe I'm confusing new year resolutions with the Six Million Dollar Man). But anyway, as you go hurtling into 2014 is it with a sense of 'look out world I'm coming' or are you just up for more of the same old same old.

I'm very tempted to list a string of resolutions that will make me a better person, a slimmer person, a happier person and maybe even one who can afford to pay the rent. But do I need the added pressure?

As it is I've already accumulated several caps for this one head, have one too many irons in the fire and rely too heavily on cliches for my own good. So for 2014 I have only one resolution and that is to do everything. Now that might sound pretty vague or that doing everything is too much for one person so maybe I should explain my thinking.

It struck me that during this year I spent a lot of it saying that I have so much to do, so much to think about and not enough time. But then I thought about all the times I sat procrastinating, watching a crap film or television programme, read a dodgy book to the end just because I started it or sat talking about the things I want to do instead of just getting up and doing them. So this is where everything comes into it.

I could do everything if I cut out the rot. I will stop wasting time planning, pondering, dreaming, hoping or wishing and just do.

With this attitude, in 2014 it will mean writing new songs, finishing my second novel, having a fabulous launch party for my first novel and finding myself an agent.

So in 2014 if you make a new year's resolution to do one thing - make it everything.

Happy New Year!
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Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Real Secret To Writing

Came across this poster that you might like to copy, print and keep in your writing space for motivation.Bestseller Secret

Happy Writing!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Drunk Writer, Sober Editor!

Since my last post I've hardly come up for air. Firstly because of all the reading I'm doing for my Creative Writing MA and secondly in the past week I put the research to one side and got down to some serious writing of my second novel. I'm now just over 17,000 words in and the ideas just keep coming - maybe a bit faster than I can cope with but I'm getting it all down just the same.

I'm being inspired by all the memoirs and text books I've been reading on the craft of writing and finding your voice. I probably would never have bothered if they hadn't been on the recommended reading list for Uni.

Here are the ones I've read, liked and would recommend:


1. On Writing: a memoir on the craft by Stephen King
Cover of "The Writer's Voice"
 2. The Writer's Voice by Al Alvarez


Cover of
3.  Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Cover of

4.  Finding your voice Les Edgerton
5.  Bestseller: secrets of successful writing by Celia Brayfield

I have to say that reading about the experiences and advice of some of the above didn't always sit well with me but if you do read books like this then you have to take what suits you as a writer and not believe or accept every piece of advice to the letter. You'll go crazy if you do!

Following the advice I'm writing every day and not stopping to edit as I always have done and it's very liberating. I will also not let anyone read anything until after I've completed my second draft. Whilst this happens I'll let the book sit and brew and hopefully go in for a final edit after all the comments are in. We'll see. I don't want to be too strict with myself and feel like a failure if I don't stick to the plan.

I've just picked up this one:




It's by Theo Pauline Nestor and is making for a good read so far. I'll let you know if it rates with the others when I get there.

But, Dear Writers, to sum all the advice up:
  • Write with the office door shut, edit with it open
  • Write like a child, edit like an adult
  • Write drunk, edit sober
  • Listen to me, don't listen to me
Happy Writing!
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