Thursday, 30 October 2008

Short Story Success at Hack Writers

The birthday story is finally finished, edited, edited and then edited. I had some opinions too before editing more and then it was ready. (I might look back in six months and decide it could need work but when is a writer truely happy with their work?)

I sent it out into the world and Hackwriters have accepted the piece.

"Hackwriters is a free internet magazine devoted to interesting writing, on any subject. It is completely independent and receives virtually no money from advertising. It has no bias."

Village Boys and Fret Boards

This is my first short story rather than a mirco fiction or poetry that has been published.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Clearing the Writer's head

For weeks there hadn't been a fresh word written on my laptop or in my notebook. I try and failed but all I could think about was this novel idea that I had started for my MA project and ways I could try to do something, anything with it. I would sit there thinking about the plot, about the characters (maybe I could change her relationships with minor characters or have her living in a farm house, or or or, etc). It wasn't going anywhere and it wasn't doing my writing any good.


I have decided to shelf the idea for a while.

I also got a rejection back from a magazine. The editor said they enjoyed the story but not this time. So, I am currently on Duotrope and looking for a new home for the story.

But I am feeling positive because I am writing after weeks of sitting and just thinking about a redundant idea.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Creativity time

According to the Guardian Website, the most creative time of day is 10.04pm. And the least creative time being 4.33pm. Its funny but I can relate to this especially when I was trying to write-on-demand for university. I could never do anything original during the afternoon. I had to save the time for editing or reading but never writing - it was like trying to squeeze water from a rock, impossible. But post-dinner time seems to be a second wind and I find ideas whirling around like a storm. Sometimes evaporating before I can make it to the notebook. Maybe I need to have more notebooks around the house.

Rob from Six Sentences sent out his regular newsletter this week. It had a great link to Hugh MacLeod's website. There's an interesting about "How to Be Creative features 30 tips on the subject, with original and intelligent elaborations on each tip. Its a great article - I need to print it off and have a thorough read at the weekend.

I have had a poem accepted on a website. More details to follow on the actual date of publication.

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Disobedience - Naomi Alderman

Reluctantly I have finished Naomi Alderman's Disobedience. I have been trying to drag the last chapter over the last week so I didn't have to the close the world on Ronit, a woman trying to face her orthodox Jewish roots. But I couldn't resist it anymore on the train this morning and kept reading to find out how she is forced to think again about her past life in Hendon, North London.

Disobedience had been on my book shelf since it came out in paperback. I had tried to read the first chaper but at the time it wasn't for me and I could not break myself into the book. But Disobedience survived the culls that I have every six month to keep room on my shelves, and it was given another chance. Plucking it from the shelf has been the best reading choice I have made since the Mitfords book. It has been revealing about the Jewish culture which is almost OCD in its rituals. It describes Londno from a nook hidden from the surface. The changing voices and perspective within the chapters is insightful, giving a sharp aand poignant picture of Jewish Britain. As well as being touching, Alderman is bold and made me laugh out loud.

I'm surprised with myself for not going further the first time but I am glad I went back for another try. For the past few months, I have been reading books that offer no glimpses into deeper meanings but Alderman offers a guided-tour into the closed, tight-kint communites, sexuality. Its more than exposure of a community, its a commentary on the whole of society.

In the Back of the book was a interview with Naomi Alderman.
Writing Tips:

  • Probably the most difficult thing was the same thing that many first time novelists find difficult - just keeping the morale up.
  • Inspiration can come from anywhere - its just important to be open to it. It comes from anywhere that fasinates you and from staring into space.
  • Boredom is very important for inspiration.

Sunday, 12 October 2008

A New Purchase

Bidding and winning on Ebay gives me tingles. I won this Tiffany lamp on Ebay the other week and collected from a detached house on the other side of town.

Its going to make a guest appearance in a future story.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Toilet Door Oracle

Last week this notice appeared in the ladies toilet at work. I feel it describes writer’s block cure. I always find a rest from physical writing is the best. There is no point forcing words out onto the page. It would be like trying to feed a fussy toddler - rebellion and upset. The best thing, I find, is reading a good book (preferably one of my favourite authors) and keeping my senses alert for snippets of inspiration until I can’t fight the urge to write anymore.
This week the notice is ‘Beware high water.’ I guess it is a warning against global warming.