The most frequent piece of advice given to new writers is: ‘write what you know.’ This is not bad advice by any scope of the imagination – the self is our constant point of reference through which we connect with and understand the world around us – yet sticking only to what we formally know can be severely limiting, especially in a form … More Writer’s Truths: Research
This week, J. K Rowling’s Harry Potter series celebrated its twentieth anniversary, which also makes it the perfect week to talk about the most dispiriting part of writing: rejection. As many fans know, the manuscript for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was famously rejected by twelve publishers before being picked up by Bloomsbury. It’s … More Writer’s Truths: Rejection
Writing exists to be read. As writers, we accept that fundamental fact, yet the realist of sharing our work with friends/tutors/agents/publisher can be physically paralysing. It is the uncompromising reason why so many manuscripts sit idly in drawers, wasting away their potential, and eventually becoming something shameful. Being a writer means learning to become comfortable … More Writer’s Truths: A Community Effort
Dictionary.com defines Inspiration as: ‘an inspiring or animating action or influence,’ providing the eye-roll-worthy contextual example, I cannot write poetry without inspiration. Adding a little theological zest, it also describes inspiration, less exclusively, as: ‘a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.’ Both of these examples give an impression of inspiration … More Writer’s Truths: Finding Inspiration
Hi, and welcome to my summer series of ‘Writer’s Truths’! 🙂 Posted each week I aim to explore different aspects of the writing process, drawing on my own experiences as a Literature and Creative Writing graduate, and debunking the damaging myth that REAL writers never struggle in producing their next bestseller. Believe me, behind every finished product there is a … More Writer’s Truths: The First Draft
Recently for my Masters course I wrote a comparative essay on the characters of Othello and Oroonoko, focusing on internal and external responses to racial ‘otherness.’ Amongst other points, I tested my ‘heroes’ for a stress-induced vulnerability to mental illness, arising from the prejudice and discrimination they receive from the majority-white population surrounding them. Though … More ‘You can’t write about fictional characters as if they’re real’
The human imagination is limitless, a resource which children, writers and escapists alike exploit to its fullest potential. But, with all the talk of the freedom that imagination brings, is it possible that there is another side also? Is it possible that all this ‘freedom’ is exacting a restraint on us that we’re barely even … More To Write, To Isolate?
When I started this blog, the one stipulation I gave myself was that it wouldn’t be personal. I would write about books, I would write about movies, I would even share some of my own writing; but the one thing I would not write about was me. Why? I don’t know exactly. Maybe because I … More Let’s Face it, Writing Is Hell