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What Every Writer Needs – A Bucket List!

May 30th, 2014

First, thanks to Kani for last Friday’s blog – it really is good advice.  After all, we can choose how we react to rejection of our writing.  We can let it get us down and inhibit future work.  Or, we can use it as something positive that inspires us to do better.  I know that adopting the right mental attitude is often easier said than done – but give it a try!

And talking about being positive, I was reading an article recently about Stephen Sutton, the teenager who died of cancer a couple of weeks ago.  He had wisdom beyond his years, and one of the things he said when interviewed was:

“Everyone is given 86,400 seconds at the beginning of the day to do whatever they want with it. And at the end of the day you’re not given that time back…so that’s why I think it’s important to use the time we’ve got as positively and productively as possible.”

In the same piece he also suggested that everyone should have a ‘bucket list’ with the things they want to achieve in the near future.  As a writer, if you make a list and try to work your way through it you’ll find it gives you lots of material to use.

Because I’ve always got ‘itchy feet’ my list revolves mainly around travel – China, India, Chichen Itza and Petra all ticked off – Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat still to go!  But it also involves doing things – white water rafting, driving a tank, going to the top of Blackpool Towers (?!)….  As I said earlier, lots of places and experiences to write about. So, if you’ve always thought you were too young to have a bucket list yet – just get on with it and see where it takes you – and your writing.

Now, moving on from philosophising to something more practical, there’s a good post in Nick Daws’ Writing Blog entitled My Top Tip for Negotiating Fees with Clients.  This is something that many people who are new to writing struggle with.  If the client doesn’t set the fee they’re afraid of asking for too much and losing the work.  But, they’re also worried that if they don’t ask for enough they’ll be working for peanuts. Nick is a real professional so his advice on a subject like this is always valuable.

Finally, as the closing date for the Writers Bureau Short Story Competition draws closer I thought this article from an archived edition of E-Zee Writer on creating realistic dialogue might be useful for you.

My guest next week is Shelley Bowers who’ll be looking at how writing skills can be transferable in the job market. But a word of warning: you have to put in that little bit of extra effort if you want to cash in on what you’ve learned.

 

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