Last Tuesday there was a collective sigh from writers all over the world. NaNoWriMo had come to an end and most of us survived—even if we were presenting with symptoms of zombification.
I know not everyone reached the 50,000 word mark, but that’s ok because the most important thing is you began. Facing the blank page is always the toughest part.
Hi, my name is Krystina and I’m a perfectionist.
I’m so bad that I’ve written and rewritten, deleted and retyped the introduction to this blog post—oh I don’t know—357 times?
Even the headline makes my skin crawl.
It’s been thinking season here in Sydney with the Sydney Writer’s Festival having just wrapped up, so me and my amazing writing group got together and brainstormed these 10 life changing ideas we learnt over the course of the event.
A good quote on writing can leave you feeling inspired. That’s why I always make sure I have a list of my favourites close by.
Here’s my top 25.
I never used to believe in writer’s block when I wrote only for myself. But when I started writing for others, when I began getting paid for my words I encountered my first bouts of the syndrome. Most often my writer’s block is caused by the pressures I put on myself to create. Luckily I’ve found 10 dynamite ways to blow up the barrier to my creativity.
Writing is lonely. And most of the time it suits me that the only interactions I have in a day are of the imaginary or the four-legged variety. But sometimes – especially those times when I dump everything I’ve written into the trash – it’s nice to meet up with people in my writing group – people who understand what I’m going through, who can shine a light into the dark and get me passionate about what I’m doing again. Because let’s face it, writing can be hard!
School is where we learn the foundations of writing. We learn spelling, grammar and the technicalities of putting a sentence together. But do we learn how to be good writers? Probably not. So I’ve put together 10 rules writers should unlearn from school.
While I was determined to make the holidays all about writing, I’ve done everything but! And I bet I’m not alone. So here are 10 New Year’s resolutions to get us back on track and writing up a storm.