March 18th, 2016
First, thanks to Esther for last week’s blog and we wish her well with her competitions – we’ll obviously let you know about the winners when they’re announced.
Unfortunately, at some point in their career many writers suffer from the dreaded ‘writer’s block’. Other writers claim that there’s no such thing! They say that you don’t get ‘plumber’s block’ or ‘bank manager’s block’ and if you were a staff journalist on a newspaper and complained of writers’ block you’d soon find yourself out of a job. Read the rest of this entry »
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December 7th, 2015
This week’s clip is an interview with Stephen King (who needs no introduction) and Audrey Niffenegger (author of The Time Traveller’s Wife, Her Fearful Symmetry and other novels). In it, they discuss their writing habits, their preferred environment and whether they listen to music while they write.
I never listen to music when I’m writing, because if my writing is taking priority in my brain then I don’t even hear the music in the background. And if I’m struggling to concentrate, the music only acts as a distraction. Read the rest of this entry »
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October 12th, 2015
The idea of ‘Writer’s block’ sits hunched, but menacing at the back of many authors’ minds. ‘I might not have it now, but what if it strikes in the future?’ I hear you cry.
We give good advice about overcoming writer’s block in the course but I think that what the following YouTube clip tells you is both concise and effective – it really makes sense.
The first, and most important, point it makes is: Give yourself permission to write garbage! I know, it doesn’t sound very promising, does it? But stick with it and you’ll see where the speaker is coming from. The other two steps are equally important, though: (1) Have confidence in yourself and (2) Silence your inner critic (at least until you’ve got over the block). Read the rest of this entry »
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May 12th, 2014
When people talk about writers’ block, I’m always reminded of one of my favourite quotes from author Philip Pullman:
“All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?”
And he’s right! If writing is your career then writers’ block just isn’t an option. If you’re feeling stuck and struggling to put pen to paper, take a look at our ten top tips for beating the block. Read the rest of this entry »
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February 14th, 2014
When I submitted my first piece, I told my husband I would feel sick if they published and sick if they didn’t. In fact my nerves and self-doubt had stopped me even trying until my Writer’s Bureau Tutor offered just the right amount of encouragement and support for me to finally have a go. Read the rest of this entry »
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