On Being an Artist

"It is just an accident that determines whether an artist becomes musician, painter or writer. All art is based on a desire to communicate, a love of beauty, a need to create order out of disorder." Patricia Highsmith Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction

Think Write Converse – what I’m reading

I had the privilege of reading two pieces of work in progress: one a piece of creative non-fiction (memoirs, travel books) and one a business book. I love reading work in progress pieces - not sure why. Maybe because it engages the editing side of my brain, and it's a lot more fun to edit … Continue reading Think Write Converse – what I’m reading

WM32 Why do We Write Fiction?

Word Maze podcast

Why do we write? I struggled so much during the re-write that I almost threw it all away and gave up this “I want to write fiction” thing.

Why I didn’t:

  • I hate dropping stuff before giving it a proper go – that’s why I went to drama school
  • I’m learning a lot
  • I know that what I’m doing is hard, so if I get through it, or almost there, it will be amazing
  • I’m paying for the process!
  • I still don’t know why we write / create art

2. Really glad I put the work in, because apparently, the writing has improved. Now the problem is the story, but that’s ok, because that’s fun. Now I’ve gone back to previous writing and seen how much MORE rewriting I need to do…

Still hard, I need to find the truth! Which means spending more time developing the relationship between Paula…

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So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.

It's not often I finish a book and say out loud, "Well, that was depressing". Though absolutely entertaining and enjoyable, the book left me thinking how much our penitentiary system (yes, that's not a typo, shaming is at the core of how we're punished) fails us as individuals and society, as well as how easy … Continue reading So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.

‘The Organized Mind’ by Daniel Levitin

First, a small confession, or at least, something you might want to know about why I read non-fiction. It's not always to learn what the author thinks I want to know. Or at least, not to take notes on what they want me to take from the book. I read non-fiction mainly for pleasure, to … Continue reading ‘The Organized Mind’ by Daniel Levitin

‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

I often avoid "inspirational books" but I heard so many people I respect recommend Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear', that I decided to give it a go. I found Gilbert's story fascinating, especially her reflections and experiences after writing Eat, Pray, Love (which I haven't read by the way) and ironically, found … Continue reading ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

‘Over Hill and Dale’ by Gervase Phinn

  I'd already read The Little Village School and so I knew I was in for a sweet read when I downloaded Over Hill and Dale by Gervase Phinn. Gervase Phinn was a school inspector and this series of books, he weaves anecdotes together to create beautiful stories that have the innocence and charm of … Continue reading ‘Over Hill and Dale’ by Gervase Phinn