Tuesday, 3 January 2012
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
And it turns out my rather random seasonal logic is not the only reason to celebrate Winter Solstice (drum roll please)-
Thursday 22nd December is also National Short Story Day- a UK-wide celebration of prose’s short-yet-perfectly-crafted form.
Short stories often lack the recognition they deserve so what better time to give them your attention. A collection I highly recommend is Brace published by Comma Press.
Monday, 12 December 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Like most of the other fears it has its basis in the realms of self-doubt and it is always the fear that is debilitating rather than the actual circumstances. Unfortunately there is a culture in this society that once you are of a certain age you lose your capabilities and, although that may be how some of society views things, that by no means should be how you view it.
Ironically to counter the thought that you may be too old to writer there are many reasons why being older actually makes you more suited to writing:
- You have a much more experience you are able to draw on for inspiration
- If you have been writing for some time then it is likely that you will have been able to improve your writing skill
- If you are now retired you will no longer have the time constraints work will have involved
- Finally, it is a sad truth, no matter how lovely they are children are one of the biggest hindrance to finding time to write and by this point children will be all grown up
Think about it logically, no one would ever say that you are too old to paint and it is no different with writing. If it is the opinions of other that you are worried about then just remember your age as a published writer can be good marketing point.
Monday, 1 August 2011
Monday, 25 July 2011
Even in writing non-fiction you quite possibly will be revealing some of yourself within the work either by opinion of by recalling of your own experience within the field. It is inevitable then that one of the big writing fears is that of revealing too much.
There are positives and negatives to revealing yourself in your writing. As a disadvantage it does make any criticism feel more personal but the big positive is that it can allow you to better engage with your readers. If the reader is able to access a sort of genuine emotion in a piece they can relate to it makes your work all the more enjoyable to read.
When dealing with this fear remember that, unless you intend to write strictly neutral non-fiction, it is a necessary part of writing and that without it your work is in danger of sounding dull and artificial. When it comes to the question of too much do look at the consequences of what you are writing, who it may upset and if it can perhaps be amended to make it more suitable.
Whether you reveal yourself in your work or not you will always be vulnerable to criticism and as a writer that is unavoidable. The key I think when putting yourself into your work is to reveal as much as you are comfortable with provided it adds to the work and does not put you at risk of a libel suit.
If you are unsure about libel law you can find some useful information on writers services.
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Like the majority of writers I dream of success and become fixated on visualising what success could bring- book signings, letters from readers and a three book deal! I wish I could say in total honesty I write because I want to write and for the love of writing but it is more than that. I want to be successful at it.
So how can success become the object of fear for a writer and is it something that you fear? This fear is often more about the consequences that success might bring such as the effects on relationships and demands on lifestyle.
Although focusing on the future consequences of writing can be encouraging and motivating, as with the fear of failure, it can also cause unnecessary and negative pressure even when looking at it from the perspective of success.