The number one aim of this blog is to stimulate writing. Every Tuesday we have a new writing prompt to share. Every Friday we have our ‘Something for the Weekend’ slot with a fabulous photograph or image to inspire creativity. Both our workshops and this blog are all about actually writing. That’s why for our first advertisement we chose the following quote by E.L. Doctorow. It is still one of my favourites:
‘Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing.’
But, although we’re all about finding ideas and writing them, not just dreaming about them, we also know there are times when writing can be a struggle. Because of this, I’m starting a new line of posts today: happy writer posts. These are ones to go to after a rejection or when the self-doubt is rising like the tide or when no matter how many times you revise you still don’t feel you’ve nailed your piece in the way you think you could.
I’m kicking off with this Youtube video of Anne Rice, an incredibly successful author whose vampire series is known across the world and who first made me think Tom Cruise actually could act when I saw, and loved, Interview with a Vampire. There is something about Rice’s intensity when she talks about writing and persisting with the challenge of getting published that I just really enjoyed. It’s well worth 12 minutes of any writer’s time.