Sunday, 21 April 2013

Writing From Life

They say that truth is stranger than fact and one of a writer's greatest inspirations has to come from the writer's own life. Whether a writer has experienced tragedy or joy, success or failure, love or hate, there is plenty in a writer's life to be mined for creative purposes.

Everywhere we go we are touched by life. The people we meet, the places we go all impact on us, whether consciously or sub-consciously and though we might not be aware of it at the time, the seed of our next creative project might have been sown and given time will grow into a workable idea.

So even when life is frustrating and the universe seems to be against you, smile and remember that whatever happens, it will appear in your writing in some shape or form sometime in the future  -  nothing is wasted.

Happy writing

Julie xx

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

What do you Want?

I've heard it said that if you want to write well then write about something that interests you. Your enthusiasm and passion for the topic will show through in your writing. If you write about something that holds no spark for you then the resulting writing might well be lacklustre.

What do you think about that? Would you agree or disagree? The feeling I get when I'm writing an article on something I like and enjoy certainly flows better that if I'm writing about something that leaves me a little cold. So, to a certain extent, I'd agree. But I also think that professional writers should be able to write about anything and everything, whether they're experienced in it and like it or not.

What do you think?

Happy writing
Julie xx

Thursday, 4 April 2013

NAWG Open Festival of Writing - Warwick

Shout out for the National Association of Writers' Groups (NAWG) Open Festival of Writing. It's taking place in Warwick this year, 30th August - 1st September. I went last year and had a great time - learned lots and met many lovely fellow writers.

Look on their website for more details but basically, for the full weekend it's £230 for NAWG members, £250 for non-members. You can also go as a day delegate which is cheaper but still worth considering.

This year they have workshops on Crime writing, novel writing, self hypnosis to increase your creativity, comedy writing, script writing, poetry, short story writing and e-book publishing. There is a delicious gala dinner on the Saturday night with Gervase Phinn as after dinner speaker!

I'm hoping to go again and I'd love to see you there too!

Happy writing!
Julie xx