published on 2013-04-01
Most of us have probably spent at least an evening or two (likely with a few beers) disussing the kind of bar we would set up if we had the chance. However, it’s not many who actually put their plans into practice, and even fewer who end up writing a book about it. Christian Paris has a fascinating story to tell (featuring celebs, much merriment and ‘The Weirdo Terrapin girl(???)) so we wanted to know more about how he ended up publishing it with CompletelyNovel! He tells us about the tricky writing process, the highly original marketing he’s done and the feedback he’s had so far.
published on 2010-02-23
I had to link to this article that I saw on the Guardian website a few days ago incase anyone hasn’t seen it yet – it really is a great read. Entitled ‘Ten rules for writing fiction’ and inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing, well known authors were asked for their personal dos and don’ts. As with any rules set for you by other people, it’s always entertaining to look at the ones you have broken already. Many of the rules are pretty tongue-in-cheek, but there are others where you really get the feeling that the author has had to learn the hard way when it comes to figuring out how to get the job done. It’s also reassuring that nearly everyone understands the appeal of procrastination! A particularly striking one (I thought) from Anne Enright: 7. Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die. Also, Roddy Doyle’s ten rules are very funny.
published on 2009-09-04
The 3 Day Novel Contest approaches! Will Amanda survive with only a pen and a computer and five million cups of coffee to keep her company?
published on 2009-09-02
Fancy having your work sliced, diced and examined? Not for the faint-hearted, the Butcher’s Shop is an innovative forum of experimentation and exploration revolving around the written word and the art of editing. From 7-9pm on Thursday September 10th, The Old Operating Theatre near London Bridge will be taken over by the editors from BAD IDEA and will also feature Cory Doctorow and Gwyneth Jones amongst others!
published on 2009-08-21
Lying awake in the middle of the night and suffering crippling attacks of self esteem — or bouts of so-called genius — are one of those ever-present writer clichés. But surprise — they’re true! Amanda Leduc takes a look at early morning anxiety attacks, writer’s block, and how to tackle that nagging sense of self-doubt.
published on 2009-03-11
Liz Sowden explores some of the ways in which International Women’s Day is celebrated in the literary sphere and asks what the event means to women writers worldwide.
published on 2009-02-17
The art of writing, said Mary Heaton Vorse, is the art of applying the seat of the pants to the seat of the chair. However, argues Amanda Leduc, for those who are truly skilled in the art of procrastination, this is not enough. As Amanda has discovered, you’ll need more than just keeping your rear end on a chair to save you from modern-day distractions such as the dreaded Facebook!
Full Moon tomorrow so a good time to start writing again …
Yes..contest sounds like quite a challenge! I think I like the sound of it more than NaNoWriMo (w…
what is the contest? pardon me i am new!
Ah, I remember that bit from Julia Cameron. How right she is. I think a lot of fine artists suffe…
I think I’d be very interested in checking out the wisewords festival in East London…sounds int…