All of us need routine and discipline but we also need support. I always think for those of us who are writers but also have other jobs (for myself I have 2 self-employed jobs plus 1 volunteering job) that finding that time and space to write is so hard. And as I was saying to my class yesterday to be a good writer you also need to find time to read, which is something people again push to one side and don't see as important.
So my routine ...
No matter what you say we all have insecurities that inhibit our writing. Perhaps one day I should set a workshop that just gives us writing prompts on our insecurities. My friend Jan from Cinnamon Press gave the prompt "Why do I write?" the other day. That can cause great angst even though it was meant to encourage; why do I bother to write? what is the point of writing? etc
As i said in my last post I'm editing a novel and writing a book about a project. It all sounds so simple when put like that but the "how?" question comes to mind and as I've just had a revelation in how to make my novel come together I thought I'd share it. There nearly as many ways to write a novel as there are novelists so for each of us we have to pick the one that works for us.
Happy New Year and welcome to a wild and windy 2018!
Hope you haven't made too many resolutions you aren't going to be able to keep. My big ones this year are to keep this website more up to date with a weekly blog post and dates of up and coming workshops on it. As well as writing at least 500 words each morning before breakfast. That isn't a punishment. It is because I'm most creative over that first cup of tea. I do need to be more focused on my writing because I have a novel that I have been writing that needs to be pulled together and found a publisher, and have been commission to write a book about a project I'm doing called "Gwrych and The Great War: People and Place". I have mentioned before about looking for writers to help me with this. If you are interested please let me know.
So start dates:
Gwrych Writing Group - restarts on Thursday 18th January.
The afternoon group - 1.30-3pm will be at The Countess's Writing Room at Gwrych Castle where we'll make sure the fire is burning bright and warm.
The evening group - 6.30-8pm will be at my house in Sea Road, Abergele, from 18th Jan until the group decides it is light enough to go to Gwrych in the evenings, which is much more atmospheric than my dining table
Cost - £7.50 with £2.50 going to Gwrych Preservation Trust (whilst the evening sessions are at my house the cost will be £5 but with the opportunity to donate to Gwrych Preservation Trust if you wish
As each session is stands independently feel free to come when you can but do let me know with 24 hours notice if possible (though I do understand things happen both making it possible to come and also not possible) on firstname.lastname@example.org so that I know numbers and can let you know if there is a session that week as there will be gaps due to holidays and other commitments from me :)
Write Your Life Story - restarts on Wednesday 24th January and runs fortnightly (but please email to check dates)
We will continue using the lovely room at Gwesty Glyndwr in Pensarn with the chance to enjoy their wonderful cakes made fresh that day and good coffee and tea.
Time - 11am - 12.30pm
Cost - £5 per session plus bring extra for the lovely refreshments
Again each session does stand independently but please do let me know if you're coming giving 24 hours notice is possible by emailing me on email@example.com
Hope to see you at one of these. And if you can't come then do tell a friend