Joy weaves together hymns in praise of feeling rather than deconstructing poetry with evidence that words cannot be other than a structure around anything of actual meaning, elegantly capturing both the power of language to show reality and its failure. This collection contains twenty-nine of Joy’s poems inspired by the concept of writing. The eponymous … Continue reading Fleeting Ink by Miriam Joy
All of these are true of writing as more than a hobby, but they also apply to making any hobby more than a pastime.
Even ‘You’ve written yourself into a hole’: our experience changes constantly which changes both what we can do and what we see as worthy, so it might be surprising how infrequently our plans to progress need revision.
There isn’t a writer alive that hasn’t stopped writing, whether as a planned break or simply because they got out of the habit. It’s happened to me in the past and I’m sure it will happen again in the future. When it does, we often come up with excuses as to justify why we’ve stopped writing, but the majority of the time that’s all they are, excuses. The trick is recognising them for the lies they are and dealing with them. Here are the ten most common reasons people stop writing and why you should ignore them.
1 Your writing isn’t very good
You’ve just read back what you’ve been slaving over for the past few weeks/months and are horrified at how poor it is, so much so you’re questioning whether you’re a writer at all. I’ll let you into a little secret, every writer does this. OK, there may be a couple…
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Half of the Million Words Challenge is over, and I am still behind. June was not as productive a month for writing so I have not really caught up; but more importantly, I have not dropped any further behind. Which might not be true of July. My target for June was to exceed 63,150 words. … Continue reading Million Words Challenge – June
After six episodes of Greenstar, Simon Cantan and I have both seen the potential improvement in both speed and quality that can come from brainstorming with someone else. However, the benefits aren’t limited to full-on collaborations. With the right approach solitary authors can benefit from the advantages of a team without the downsides. Simon and … Continue reading Storm Around a Coffee Cup
Robinson’s portrayal of the artist’s struggle in a world that all to often measures value by financial success will resonate with anyone who has shared their creation with the world, and help anyone who knows an artist to understand their sometimes frustration. Steve and the other members of Rebel Yell have been tweaking their songs … Continue reading Rebel Yell by Garrett Robinson
Scratch a writing community you will find thread after thread of people asking for the best advice you ever received on writing. I do not always contribute, but when I do I usually refer to Chuck Wendig’s suggestion that writers should finish shit; and my ratio of finished published works to unfinished published works would … Continue reading Best Advice Ever
One of the most common pieces of writing advice is to not write and edit at the same time; and both scientific studies on the parallel use of different areas of the brain and anecdotal evidence of increased speed, word-counts, and other measures seem to justify its ubiquity. I have certainly produced more since I … Continue reading Who Doesn’t Watch The Writers?
When I decided to enter the million word challenge I had no idea whether I would succeed, or even whether victory would be a useful thing in the long-term. After one month, I still do not know whether I will succeed; but I do have a slightly better idea of how I might and how … Continue reading Million Word Challenge: January
The Year is dead. Long live the Year! Every year I set myself one or more new writing goals to see whether they add or subtract from my writing overall. But before revealing the new madness, it is time to consider the old. Primary Goal: To start the year with only two active projects and … Continue reading Victory Spurs Us On
Most - if not all - of us are by now familiar with the phenomena of the grass being greener on the other side. Whether we forget the habitual pleasures of our current life or underestimate the effort required to sustain a new one, we at least can take ownership of our own assumptions. However … Continue reading Caffe Con Letters