Another silly writer-related cartoon...
Loads of great cartoons on THE BLOGHORN, from the professional cartoonists' organisation.
I regularly receive in my inbox various messages inviting me to book a place on courses for writers. The latest one is £245 for "Manuscript submission masterclasses". Are you kidding?
Creative writing seems to have turned into a multi-million pounds industry.
I have quite a romantic idea about what being a writer is. For me, a writer is not someone who's been to Cambridge or Oxford, done an MA in creative writing, learnt how "to pitch themselves" and "position themselves in the market". How can something as creative and intuitive as writing have become so infused with corporate speech?
For me, a writer is self-made, DIY, someone with an urge, a passion; it's someone who writes because they cannot do without it. It's someone whose imagination is too powerful: they would go mad if they didn't write all those things they write.
Also, I love writing because it is a solitary activity I can do at my own pace and in silence. It is my very own little universe.
I am not looking for the company of "fellow writers", companionship. I do not wish to "share my experience".
I do not want a smug publishing professional to tell me what to do or not: for me, writing is so personal that no one can tell me how to do it. I just follow my instincts, my intuition, two things that have become "swear words" in our society.
It seems that people are trying to find ways of restricting writing, of controlling it. You almost need a "business plan", you need to "identify your strengths and weaknesses as a writer", you need an "action plan".
And I say "NO", even though I am perfectly aware of the consequences!
I was looking for some cartoons related to writing, and I stumbled upon this one (which is not related to writing).
It is not signed, and I can only say that I found it here: VIEWS FROM NATURE
I have been "MULTITASKING" recently, trying to get stuff done.
Freelance work has been intense over the past three months, but it's getting better this week, and therefore, I have been able to free a section of my brain (and my timetable) for my personal projects.
I have started writing again on The Book of Thoth, which is getting bigger and bigger everyday (I have always been one to over-write - my school essays were always the longest - and dare I say it, the best! ha ha - but music journalism had taught me about rather drastic word counts, as in how to write an album review in, like, 90 words? But now, I've succumbed to temptation and I've been letting myself go again!).
I can't even start to imagine how much of the first draft I'm going to have to cut if I want to get down to a reasonable length! Oh well, that's something to worry about when the aforementioned first draft is completed, which won't be in the near future...
I have started on the fourth draft/third draft revision of I Am a Muse, and I am enjoying it immensely. Not that much to change so far, only a few mistakes here and there, and I might need to rearrange the numbering of the chapters. There are far too many of them.
I have started writing down some ideas for the cover, acknowledgements, spine, back cover blurb, etc. I would like to go for a block-colour cover without image or artwork and I definitely wish to avoid a cover that screams: WOMEN'S BOOK ENCLOSED! At the moment, my favourite choice is a RED cover to reflect the nickname of one of my main characters: the Crimson Lady. Something bold! Outlandish! Simple.
I have just stumbled on this very handy little blog offering tips about how to publish on Lulu (which is the self-publishing site I'm going to use for I Am a Muse) and it's given me a few ideas about how to proceed...
You will find the tips HERE.
I am going to sound like an old-fashioned cow, but I have decided to forgo e-books at the moment as I have read quite a few alarming stories about files getting stolen, copyright issues, etc. I have a love of the physical book and will stick to physical books in the first instance.
Now to put them into practice myself!
I stumbled across this lovely little blog earlier called BO'S CAFE LIFE.
It's about "the writing life through the eyes of Bo, an aspiring novelist", and it's quite good fun!
I have found this "poster" on facebook (yes, it can be useful) and really liked it.
It does speak to me, big time, as they say.
I have read On The Road (and didn't really like it that much, found it quite boring really) and I have read quite a bit of William S. Burrough, but I find the Beat Generation rather... distasteful (much like people like Charles Bukowski. Yuk, yuk, yuk.)
I think it's still open to discussion.
And they were not that interesting to be honest. True, they might have written some good lines (well, for example, this quote below) but I have never been enamoured with that bunch.
Anyhow, here's to the Crazy Ones, of which I am, surely, I am! (Although it is not my goal to change the world. Not anymore...)
Have you seen and loved The Artist? Have you fallen for Uggie, the now famous dog actor?
Well, then, you will love Behave Yourself, an utterly (Black and White) delightful 1952 comedy. The star of the show is the wonderfully naughty Archie who gets the young couple who adopt him in quite a bit of trouble - they get involved in the murky going-ons of the Underworld.
"A young couple, Kate and William Denny (Shelley Winter and Farley Granger) adopt a stray pooch, not realizing that the dog carries the key element to a criminal plan to hijack a million-dollar shipment. Before long, they are in the middle of a comedy of underworld lunacy."
I think therefore I write.
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