Once you have written a few first drafts you realise there are some things you don’t need to waste valuable time and energy worrying about. The first stage is simply an outpouring of words onto a page. Nothing else.
Here is a list of 28 things you don’t need to worry about whilst writing your first draft. Continue reading →
I have decided that writers are like superheroes. Its been something I have been thinking about a lot lately, being a superhero. Does anyone else fight daily urges to wear a cape, a Lycra suit and save the world?
So, whilst visualising myself as a caped crusader I came across the image for this post and saw myself. This is how I feel seconds after an amazing new story idea has pinged into my brain. Very similar to the superhero ‘call to action!’
After a cup of tea, a couple of biscuits and a tussle with my latest first draft, I decided it was time to write about how writers are like superheroes.
You will be surprised at how many similarities there are between relationship heartbreak and shelving a half-finished draft.
Splitting up with the love of your life can be upsetting and leave you feeling crushed.
Stopping work on a draft novel because you can’t take it any further or because it’s a big pile of literary wrongs can also be distressing. Trust me – this can also leave you feeling shattered and miserable!
If you think about how much time we spend with our draft novels, its similar to being in a relationship. Thrown into this are all the emotions that go with writing a novel. So, when a draft novel doesn’t work out and we are forced to walk away, it can feel like the end of a relationship.
I am currently searching for a new story to work on. Story hunting is not easy. Just because you are a writer doesn’t mean you have a queue of ideas, all waiting patiently for you to do something with them. No, you have to spend ages feeling glum about not having anything to write about and then force yourself to go out and find new story ideas.
Things don’t run smoothly either when you do stumble upon a new story and get excited about it. You can quickly lose that ‘loving feeling’ for a story and it doesn’t take much for this to happen.
After a few creative dalliances with a couple of new story ideas, I can see some interesting similarities with dating.
You have your reasons for quitting writing; it’s too hard, you’ve come to the conclusion your writing is unlikely to bring you fame and fortune, nobody wants to read your work or even your best tweed writer jacket no longer fits you. They all seem like great reasons to quit.
The only problem is that you are displaying some important signs and these signs indicate you’re not ready to quit. If only you knew you were wasting valuable time and energy telling everyone about your intention to leave the creative world.
I’m currently going through a tough writing patch and to my amazement I am still smiling!
If I had endured this struggle last year I think I would have quit and thrown myself into hand painting egg shells with bits of watercress growing out of them. I can’t paint to save my life, nor can I grow any sort of plant, other than a good strong weed, but after experiencing the rigours of the literary world I feel this hobby would bring me some creative calmness.
Here are some ideas on how to keep smiling through tough writing patches. These are currently working for me so they have been road tested.
The idea for this post came to me after I reviewed my current manuscript’s journey.
My review highlighted some reoccurring themes, which, after a strong coffee and a piece of comforting cake, got me thinking about the similarities between the mythical bird; the phoenix and the writer.
The idea for this post came to me after I did some research on the ‘overnight literary success myth.’ I have always been intrigued by the term and the notion that success JUST happens to authors. Surely there is more to overnight literary fame than meets the eye? Once you type this myth into Google you can expect to see an array of interesting articles and blog posts on the subject.
This research into the myth of authors being hailed as ‘overnight literary successes’ led me onto the iceberg” cliché, which I found in a fab article. It was an article from the Huffington Post: