I have a little doodle of an octopus on my desk (See picture below, be amazed at the artistic quality!) to remind me that I created my ‘inner octopus’ for a reason. It helps me to remember not to start more projects than I can handle.
But it so difficult not to, that moment when inspiration hits and you think you might explode if you don’t start writing right freaking now, you want to drop everything and start something new and fresh and exciting. Don’t. Stop it. I’m serious. Write down everything you can about it, but don’t actually begin that project, it will leave you with a million unfinished projects and you will never get anywhere.
Enter the inner octopus. An octopus has 8 tentacles right? It can hold 8 things at once. 8 projects. 8 things you are already working on. Making sense yet? I like to keep 2 of the arms free for wandering around on or holding coffee (cue amazing artwork mark 2). The rest are filled with other writery type stuff I need to do. I can’t start something else until I finish something and the octopus has a free tentacle. I love a bit of imagery.
You can choose any animal you like to keep you on track, I can recommend ants or spiders, but not millipedes, let’s not get carried away here!
So what’s your inner animal to keep you on track of projects already begun?
See you soon….
We have all heard and read so many helpful posts about things people wish they knew before they began writing, or mistakes that people have made that you can learn from, and those posts are great, but, I have a different theory.
Make. Your. Own. Mistakes. Simple right? We, as writers (yes, we are now calling ourselves writers, let’s get in character people!) need to make mistakes in order to learn what suits us, someone’s mistake is someone else’s success.
Sometimes going through the process of the mistake is what enables us to grow as writers. The first draft is full of plot holes and boring characters. So? (shrugs shoulders) Who cares? It’s the first draft, its allowed to be pants, along with drafts 2, 3, 4 and 5 if necessary. It can take a plethora of drafts before your characters are who you want them to be or the plot finally make sense on paper. I’m here to tell you that’s ok. You don’t have to follow ‘protocol’, you can literally do whatever you feel compelled to do. Often when I start something I have a vague idea of what’s going on and go from there, and I read through it as I go too. I can feel the glares from here! What can I say? I’m a rebel!
So do it. Go and make your own mistakes, then learn from them, or don’t, it’s your choice, your journey.
Catch ya later!
I literally didn’t know there was a word for this, I have used sentences like ‘they look like they are sucking on a lemon’ or ‘they were so posh it looked painful’. No offence to posh people, you guys rock! This is such a great term to drop into conversation.
Mimp is to speak in a prissy manner, usually with pursed lips.
Pretty cool huh? I love listening to people mimp, it sounds so surreal!
Enjoy the word guys!
We all get stuck in a rut every now and then and it’s easy to think that we are the only ones currently without inspiration, well guess what friends? I’m here to tell you that’s just not true!
So if you find yourself in a writing slump you can have some of my inspiration, here are some unconventional prompts to see you through –
- What if trees could speak but they only spoke once you got their name right? Maybe someone stumbled upon a big book of names for trees?
- “So, tell me again how you came to have that mans wig in your handbag?”
- The lady screamed blue murder, like, the words blue and murder. Why?
- Write about a conversation between 2 brothers that just found out their childhood hero wasn’t really a very nice guy
- Tell me about the one that got away, not a person, something else, dog? Car? Burger? Let your imagination run wild
- Using the lyrics of your favourite song, rewrite them so they are about a guinea pig
- Tell me why that inanimate object to your left is your best friend?
- The soiled paper lay floating in a puddle, that was all that remained of that fateful day
- Write a book review of a book you read at school
- Start a story at 13 and work backwards, end the story with -4
So there you go my lovelies, sink your teeth into these bad boys!
See you soon….
We all do it. Some of us consciously and some subconsciously, but we all do it. It’s funny how even the most mundane tasks become of vital importance or seem like fun when you are ‘supposed’ to be writing. Procrastination is addictive.
What’s my reason for not writing I hear you ask? Well, I have taken a small break from the blog because I felt like my writing wasn’t as important as other things. This had more to do with how I thought I was perceived rather than anyone saying it. I felt that my writing was perceived as something of unimportance and therefore I was just ‘playing’ or ‘not really doing anything’ when I was writing. (I’m literally eye rolling myself here folks!)
You can treat it like a job, even if it’s not. Find some time to put aside for your writing and don’t let anyone tell you it’s not important. I find that I can’t stick to a writing regime as such, even though I love a good regime, part of what makes me unconventional is that I rarely follow the processes I am ‘supposed to’ but that’s ok, as long as I still write.
You may remember Peppermint Tea from a previous post, well she was the one that gave me the push I needed to shut up and write. If you love writing, like truly love it, you will feel like a part of you is missing, or it’s too crowded in your head if you don’t write, this process is dangerous and before you know it you are a pen-hippo (Yeah, I made that up!) wallowing in the mud of self-doubt, eating the leaves of despair. Ridiculous.
Sometimes you need to hear the harsh truth and that’s exactly what I am doing here my friends, I am telling you to stop making excuses and just write, right now, go and get a pen and paper (Oh who am I kidding, you already have one right?!) and write something down, anything. You got this! I believe in you my friends!
So? What did you write?
See you soon…..
Oh! It’s a good one guys! It’s the sort of word that reminds me of olden times where the gentleman in the cravat turns to his fellow drunkard and remarks that this person cannot be trusted!
So what is it I hear you cry?
Say it aloud! Slyboots! If someone is slyboots they are sly or mischievous and generally speaking are to be dealt with accordingly.
What a wonderful word, this is definitely one to use down the pub among friends, a way to warn others of the slyboots in the corner!
Come across many slyboots on your travels this week folks?
See you soon….
Happy National Handwriting Day my friends! There is nothing more satisfying than looking at some beautiful handwriting, the way it curves suggestively across the page, or how the letters bunch up against one another like they enjoy each others company. Or when someone uses the height of each letter to draw the reader in, creating an impressive picture on the page or when it curves over like it’s are being blown by a strong breeze.
Mine, well, mine is not like that guys, imagine this, everything is almost the same height, same space between the letters and just all round samey. That’s my handwriting. Boring. See for yourself.
They say handwriting can say a lot about a person, I bloomin hope not as mine clearly says boring!!
What’s yours like? Do you like it?
See you soon………..