There is a novel by German screen writer, Sascha Arango called The Truth and Other Lies. It’s basically a story about a best selling author who tries to get rid of his mistress when she threatens to tear the fabric of his carefully sewn life apart. Without giving too much away, in the novel, the main character’s wife, Martha is a different kind of writer. She is content to work on her stories and, once finished, put them away, never giving them another thought. She has the courage to be a writer.
I’ve recently been in New York City and it got me thinking about the life of a writer as portrayed in Sex and the City. It made me realise that basically, Carrie Bradshaw’s existence as a columnist was a pack of lies.
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.