Stubborn art

The image above is one that I sketched from a book (The Story of Paintings – a history of art for children by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom) while sitting on the beach watching my girls mess around in their inflatable row boat. (Until the oldest one, Chloe, became convinced that she saw an Eagle…

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The Seasons of Writing

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour The seasons have changed and Spring is finally here. This year, she announced her arrival like a bouncer at a nightclub. Almost overnight, all signs of Winter – the troublemaker, in my opinion – were forcefully hauled…

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Writing in times of crisis

“Your art is where the drama belongs, not your life.” Julia Cameron “Hey there, just letting you know that Monique is in hospital with double pneumonia. She’s having many convulsions. The doctors say there’s nothing they can do for her.” At 4:30am on a Sunday morning, that’s not the text anyone wants to receive from…

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How to cook up a story

Last night we were watching one of the older seasons of Canadian Master Chef. We love Master Chef, although neither my partner nor I could actually be bothered to cook – we just throw suff together in the kitchen because the children are perpetually hungry. I’ve compared writing to cooking many times because to me,…

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The problem with writing a novel…

Instead of writing about writing, I decided it was time to give actual writing a go. By that I mean writing a book, from beginning to end, with all those complicated aspects like character, internal and external conflict, craft, context and whatever else goes into the mix of a good story. Turns out, writing about…

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Synonyms for “too scared to start”

“…well, dare we call it boredom? Maybe. Or maybe it’s just a kind of fear of getting started.” Rice Freeman-Zachary, in Creative Time and Space. This idea of “fear of getting started” got me thinking about all the creative projects I’ve been involved in, and the process I went through before I was able to…

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“The good writer seems to be writing about himself but has his eye always on the thread of the universe which runs through himself and all things.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson