La La Land is the new musical about two struggling artists trying to make it in Hollywood. It’s also a film about dreaming and it struck me that that’s an important message for writers to remember.
It feels like autumn is here, which means writers have six good reasons to stay in and just write. Don’t despair, if you’ve had an unproductive summer. You’re not alone. Just remember that living life is important too and gives you fuel for the time you do spend writing.
Recharge your creative battery by stepping outside your comfort zone. If you’re in a creative rut, jump off the sofa and do something unusual this summer.
Good writing advice can come from unusual places. This week Jim Rohn, businessman, on staying motivated.
Writing advice from non-writers #1: Josh Homme tackles the issue of fear with some wise words.
2015 has been a year of ups and downs for me personally. It’s a year when a great many changes and tragedies have entered my life. I could write about everything I wish for you in the coming year, but I think Neil Gaiman says it best. Fifteen Years ago, I wrote: May your coming…
Today is Beltane, otherwise known as May Day. It’s a pagan festival that welcomes the move from spring to summer. Novels like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, look at the plight of the old deities in the modern world. What are they doing, behind the scenes, as we become distracted by new religions and even give up our faith altogether?
So, I wrote a poem. The whole process was really fun, but I also learnt some stuff.
Sometimes, all you need is an image to spark off a story. Street photography is often a good place to start, as it offers snapshots of life and exposes strange coincidences and the bizarre or beautiful, in the banal and everyday.
Even if you don’t enter them, writing competitions can offer inspiration and even a writing prompt, if there’s a theme. So, I’m cheating this week and pointing you towards the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre’s The Page is Printed Competition. Although an empty page can be daunting for writers, this competition asks for a story a page…