Centennial Park, Sydney, before the rains hit
(Image Source: My camera)
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” ~ Anton Chekhov
The most challenging writing exercise I have been set to date is very simple:
Describe this scene. Right here, right now, where we are. Without using any clichés.
So, how do you describe a scene without it being a cliché? As Rory from Gilmore Girls complained in Season 4, “A ‘rain-soaked highway’ is not a cliché, it’s just how you describe a rain-soaked highway!” Well, I’ll give you a few tips, so you can use them next week when NaNoWriMo 2014 kicks off! Then I’ll show you some scenes descriptions I’ve recorded during this week’s visit to Sydney.
“I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” ― Anne Frank
Image Source: Scientific American
Do you need to be happy to be inspired? Or do you need to be a tortured artist in order to be inspired? It’s an age-old question, and there’s a growing body of science providing answers to it.
I’ve been studying a psychology unit through edX Berkeley online called GG101 ‘The Science of Happiness’, and the experimental studies that have been performed in this area of creativity-and-happiness have been fascinating.
Image source: Resource Freak
“I’m a very promiscuous reader; I believe we should take all kinds of genres to bed with us.” ― Lauren Beukes
(pronounced something like “Beeyohkes”)
Image source: The Audio Bookstore
Today I went to my first Brisbane Writers Festival session and thoroughly enjoyed it! Lauren Beukes, South African author of science fiction and crime noir novels, says we should read everything we can get our hands on, no matter what genre we write for ourselves. Here’s why…
Are you running the NaNoWriMo race with me this year? Let me know by writing a comment! We can cheer each other on to victory!
‘Tis my first year, and I’m pretty excited!
I’m using this as an extrinsic force motivating me to just get my novel finished already!
Remember what I talked about in my last post, the one about Scheherazade and the king of Persia? Sometimes you need a gun to your head to just get things done, right? So this should be great.
P.S. I made it!
2013 Winner of NaNoWriMo!
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