Every Day is a School Day

Deciding to apply for one of the larger creative writing courses under the influence was perhaps, in hindsight, ill-advised. The ask was for the first 3,000 words of your novel. The outcome would be an honest appraisal from someone who reads hundreds of first 3,000 words a year.

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Anna Jordan’s Action Table; or What Playwriting and Tron Have in Common

Kevin Flynn from Tron:Legacy

‘Welcome to the grid,’ said Kevin Flynn in Tron: Legacy, ‘A digital frontier. I tried to picture clusters of information as they moved through the computer. What did they look like? […] I kept dreaming of a world I thought I’d never see. Then, one day, I got in.’

Never did I think the opening lines of a science fiction blockbuster would have such resonance with the process of creating a play.

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When the Going Gets Tough: 3 Quotes That Keep Me Writing

Writing a book is a solitary act. For me, it encapsulates both the beauty and biggest challenge with the art form. Sure, you might have a patient friend, or a writing group you can bounce ideas around with, but the actual writing is down to you.

It requires you to spend inordinate hours alone, usually in silence, putting one word in front of another until you have a sentence. If you’re fortunate, a collection of sentences become a paragraph and, if you’re really lucky, a clutch of paragraphs become a chapter. Cue imaginary high five.

So how do you keep going? I thought I’d share other people’s wise words that motivate me when I’m writing.

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