Recently a friend showed me this amazing video of bonobos, who probably invented the slogan make love not war. In the video, zoologists presented one of the bonobos with footage of another bonobo yawning and just as a human would when they see someone yawn, the bonobo yawned too.
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 haven’t blogged in a while. I want to say I’ve been really busy with new projects, (which is true) but there is really no excuse, I only have to read my own blog about the last absence I had from writing to see that.
That’s why I had to bring you guys something really special this week to get us all motivated on our writing journeys again. And what better way to do that than by looking at plot.
I don’t know about you but I am always fascinated with the story behind a piece of writing and therefore it’s no surprise how intrigued I am to know about the history behind Christmas carols. Here are some of the best stories I’ve discovered about five of the most famous carols.
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.
Recently, I’ve had a few people email to ask what inspires me to write. I think it’s an important question because there’s always moments when we, as writer’s, want to give up, when we think our muse has abandoned us. During these moments we need to fall back on some tried and true ways to get our inspiration back.
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.
They say absence makes the heart grow fonder—but I’m not sure if that sentiment extends to bloggers. In fact I know it doesn’t because for the last few weeks I haven’t been posting anything and I’ve been watching the traffic to my website drop to alarmingly low levels. The truth of the matter is, I don’t think any absence from writing is a good thing.
Right now I’m on a plane, flying from Sydney to LA and it got me thinking about writers and travel and how their experiences on the road influenced their writing journeys. Here are 5 amazing writers whose experiences travelling shaped their work.