Scientific Proof of an ‘Inner Editor’

I learnt something new today. There is an area of our brains called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. This is responsible for planning and self-censorship, and could quite easily be called the 'inner editor'. It is so important when writing to turn off the inner editor and give your creativity free reign, and a Dr Charles Limb … Continue reading Scientific Proof of an ‘Inner Editor’

Procrastination… or not

I found this on Facebook. A quick Google search suggests it can be found in this book: 'The Fire Starter Session: A Soulful and Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms' by Danielle LaPorte. I like the idea. It sounds good - makes my moments of procrastination less something to feel guilty about and … Continue reading Procrastination… or not

My Inspiration…

Several years ago I entered a competition by Australian Book Publishers Allen and Unwin, in which they asked "what inspires you to write?" The answer had to fit in 25 words, and while I can't remember my answer word for word, it was something along the lines of: 'I am inspired to write when I … Continue reading My Inspiration…

Another step forward

Yesterday I posted my manuscript off. Final word count, after a month (or there abouts) of editing: 59,479 words. 216 pages of double spaced sized 12 font. I have printed it out before, at around 62,000 words - but I try to save paper, so I usually print two pages to one, single spaced (or … Continue reading Another step forward

Pondering Neil’s speech

Having had some time to think over Neil Gaiman’s words in the speech I reblogged earlier, I’ve been able to narrow down things he said that gave me hope. He said he never had a career plan – nothing aside from a list he wrote when he was about 15 of things he would like … Continue reading Pondering Neil’s speech

This is my first attempt at reblogging… I truly have no idea what I’m doing so I hope it works!! I loved this post so much I had to share it. It’s a commencement speech that Neil Gaiman recently gave, and is very inspiring. I love so many of his thoughts. He talks of how the world is changing, traditional methods of distribution are changing: “the old rules are crumbling and no one knows what the new rules are, so make your own.” Very thought-provoking.
But the following is one of my favourite comments of the speech:
“Be wise… and if cannot be wise, pretend to be someone who is wise, and just do what they would.”
Brilliant – definitely worth a watch!

Lightning Droplets

Here is a really lovely commencement speech that Neil Gaiman recently gave.  It is quite thought-provoking, a little funny, and amazingly inspirational.  It got me writing for the first time in a month.  I hope it does the same for you!

These are a few of my favorite one-liners.  They are all the more poignant in context.

If you don’t know it’s impossible, it’s easier to do.

I learned to write by writing.  

I tended to do anything that felt like an adventure, and stop when it felt like work, which meant life did not feel like work.

A life in the arts is like putting messages in bottles on a desert island and hoping that someone will find one of your bottles and open it and read it and put something in a bottle that will find its way back to you. 

The things I did because I…

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Inspirational Quotes part 3

  I have found one of my book of quotes! I have several notebooks, all about the place. The quotes in this one range from thought-provoking to humorous to down right strange! Here are a few... I've learnt that not all poetry lends itself to music - some thoughts need to be sung only against the silence … Continue reading Inspirational Quotes part 3

Taking Charge

Putting things off is the biggest waste of life: it snatches away each day as it comes, and denies us the present by promising the future. - Seneca. I have wanted to be an author since I could write - or perhaps since I could read, as I'm guessing that came first! I wrote voraciously while at school, … Continue reading Taking Charge

Camp Nanowrimo!?

I received an email this morning about Camp Nanowrimo. That's the more laid back version of National Novel Writing Month, for those who haven't heard of it. And if you have never heard of National Novel Writing Month the basic idea is to write 50,000 words in the 30 days from the 1st to the … Continue reading Camp Nanowrimo!?

Book Titles….

Anton Chekhov wanted to call his first volume of stories “Buy This Book or I'll Smash Your Face In.” It was published in 1886 as as Motley Tales. I laughed when I read the above! How funny is that! I am struggling with a title for my novel at the moment. In fact, I struggle with Proper … Continue reading Book Titles….