Plot twists occur in movies and novels when there is an unexpected turn of events. They are a tool used by most writers of narrative works. I think they may also happen in life.
Shades of grey have taken on a new meaning for me.
Kick start your your writing, a session I facilitated last week at the Peter Cowan Writers Centre came about by accident. It grew from a conversation over coffee with the Acting President, Susan Stevens. I mentioned that there was information that I would have loved when I started writing. Kick start your writing was the result.
Self-publishing a book for the first time is exciting. It means learning new skills, which is always fun. It has been less than a week since I decided to self-publish the manuscript of my new memoir. Already I’m feeling a little daunted.
My new memoir has bounced back from yet another publisher. I’ve been writing this manuscript for more years than I care to think about. Perhaps I sent it out too early? Probably, but I am impatient.
A watershed moment has happened for my writing. It’s time for cautious celebration. There is still a long way to go. But it did feel good yesterday when I wrote, ‘The End’ on the last page of the manuscript of my new memoir. Then I printed it, for no reason except that I could. Three hundred pages, 70 000 […]
Creativity and playfulness (having fun) always exist together. Children at play create. They experiment with whatever is at hand. They invent new roles and try them out. Creative people talk about ‘playing with ideas’. Artists and writers, cooks and gardeners all experiment. They try out new ways of doing things. Albert Einstein is quoted as […]
My life without lists is unimaginable. I don’t know how I’d operate without them. Some of my lists are ongoing. Others spring up whenever there’s a new need, or simply because I feel like making a catalogue or a record. Mostly my lists are about the future. Occasionally, they’re open-ended records. My lists have been quite furtive, […]
For the past few years, I’ve been writing my second memoir. It’s about falling in love and marrying in old age. John was married to my life-long friend Marcia for almost fifty years. Some time after her death, their children invited me to his seventieth birthday. Exactly a year after the birthday celebration, we married. We didn’t just […]
A coffee shop in the vicinity of residential property for sale increases the value of the property by tens of thousands of dollars, according to an article in the real estate section of the West Australian Newspaper the other morning. That really struck a chord. Coffee shops serve many functions. They’re places to nurture old friendships and consolidate new […]