For today’s post I have imagined that there is a place called Writing Town. It is where we all hang out on a daily basis.
For noting – this week I have had a stinking cold (bedridden) and this post was written whilst I had a temperature / on heavy duty cold medication – all of which took me to another place in my head – sigh!
So, Writing Town – what does it look like?
Well, I have drawn up some of the areas and districts which I think would exist in Writing Town:
- Procrastination Boulevard – an exciting and vibrant part of town. It draws us all in and some of us struggle to stay away from its many bars, clubs and shops including the gift shop ‘Faux Dreams’ where everything is .50 or less so you’ll spend a lot of time in there and there is credit available (Thx to Chris for the gift shop idea). There is such a good vibe to the boulevard and it is a difficult place to leave. Some of us spend too much time here because it’s so appealing!
- Social Media Square. This would be a giant square filled with loads of people. There would be lots of excited chatter and there would be a real buzz to this place at certain times of the day. I would spend a lot of my time here.
- Writer’s Block Alley. Situated in a rough and dodgy part of town. A long dark alley which makes you feel like there will be no return once you set foot in it. You can wander about this dark alley aimlessly for hours, days or even weeks.
- River of Writer’s Reflection. A charming river lined with benches and grassy verges. This is where we all go to whilst deep in reflection. Thinking about what the hell we are doing with our writing careers, chewing over the decision to quit and reflecting on our past literary mistakes.
- Theatre of Rave Reviews. This is where writers are honored weekly with reviews and given a medal that consists of 3-5 stars. (Thx to Chris for this gem!)
- Writer’s Graft Office Blocks. This is where we all go when we need to do some actual work. Some of us whistle, skip and sing as we enter these office blocks whilst some of us dawdle, drag our feet and moan as we start our daily work. Then there are some who say ‘stuff this!’, hail a taxi and head off to Procrastination Boulevard.
- Inner Turmoil District. A dark and gloomy part of town. Full of little bars, cafes and taverns where we all go to when we are in inner turmoil with our writing. These are the quiet and dark places we creep off to when we need to drown our sorrows and sink into writer depression.
- Bloggers Market Place. A fun and lively part of Writer’s Town. Filled with lots of colourful and interesting stalls. You can always find interesting stuff here and you can meet some fab people. Some of us writers spend too long in the Bloggers Market Place and not enough time in the Graft Office Blocks. Sigh!
- Feedback Central. This is an interesting part of town as depending on your reviewers feedback it can feel like either the locals are chucking rotten veg at you or they are showering you with golden stars. Nobody goes to this place willingly but it’s somewhere we have to go regularly.
- Publication Hospital. This is where our creative masterpieces are born and seek treatment. (Thx to Simon for this gem)
- The Dark Night of the Soul – a pub with dark furniture, with high windows and black dust-covered drapes, through which a dull light penetrates. Bitter beer is served in this pub where many of us drink from time to time and ponder on the meaning of things. (Thx to Kevin for this gem)
- First Draft Dump. This is at the far east end of town. We go here to turn over the rotting faeces of prose in the hope of finding something worth using as a shelter for our writerly neurosis. There is so much junk here; broken stanzas, rusty grammar tools, whole sentences whose verbs ariddled with pretension and one suicidal editor who someone has managed to talk down from a teetering slush. (Thx to TanGental for this gem!)
- Day Job Train Station. This is how we travel about in Writing Town, the train goes to the writerly hub of ‘Social Media Square’ with frequented stops at “The Dark Night of the Soul” and “River of Writer’s Reflection.” The station is frequented by writers who sell their life away for the promise of food and stability. Sigh….(Thx to Amy for this gem)
- Literary Heights. This is an exclusive part of town and one which some of us can only dream about. Its full of plush buildings, exclusive boutiques and is a much sought after area. We are all striving to move here.
As always please let me know whether you can add to this list in terms of districts or areas that you would frequent?
Plus – let me know which parts of Writing Town you would hang out in?
I hope you have an amazing day!
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