Writers & Hunchbacks

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I am writing this as a concern for all of you.  It is official, I have become a hunchback and I fear that all us writer will become hunchbacks alike.

Sitting at a computer is bad for our health; sitting for a long period of time at a computer is even worse.

While I care very deeply about your health and wellbeing, it might be your own vanity is what gets you to pay attention to the problems of sitting too long at a computer.

Hunchbacks are ugly.  They photograph badly and make you look like you’re always nervous.  You might not even know you are a hunchback.  That is when things are really bad.

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A Pen for Every Occasion

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 When I met the one, I just knew. We were meant for each other.

She was silky smooth and faultless, my hand fitted her curves perfectly. I was a better person when she was around. Her name was Joy. InkJoy!

Because one day a pen will come along that a writer just falls in love with. And you can tell a writer designed the InkJoy because of the smooth effortless ink flow and the curvaceous, comfortable body to fit the hand.

But soon it became almost obsessive the way I couldn’t write properly unless I was using my special pen! I had backup ones in case it ran out of ink mid stream. I would get stressed without my other half, the half that made me a whole writer, not just a thinker. And heaven forbid if I was forced to have an affair with another, inadequate one, say, at the bank.

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Day 10 of NaNoWriMo and I Finally Caught Up

NaNoWriMo, Meghan Brewster, the emerging writers diarySo it is the 10th of November, 2013.  I am participating in National Novel Writing Month (It is called National even though it has become very much an international event).  I have set aside all my worries about my novel, all my deadlines for my websites and all my other commitments to get a little crazy.

The people at NaNo encourage you to start something new for November.  It is not recommended that you try to write something you have been working on for the last year, or a work that you have been waiting your whole life to write.  NaNo is about writing freely for the month and seeing where it takes you.  The pressure to write so many words a day means that you leave behind a lot of your inhibitions on the first day.

I fell behind in the first few days but I have finally caught up to the daily word count.

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Working title…

I am in Thailand at the moment, traveling around for a while before we return to Australia to look after another house and beautiful little dog.  I decided what better inspiration than the islands and culture that I find myself immersed in.

I am writing a novel set in Thailand.  It is about a reluctant traveller, forced to leave Australia on the eve of her 30th birthday to play the part of the dutiful sister.  Jina is obliged to take a trip to Thailand that she cannot afford to be present at her sisters surprise elopement to a man no one has met.

I guess I am trying to write a comedy – but no one actually says that – just in case it isn’t funny.

If you are participating in NaNoWriMo this month and are looking for a writing partner, you can find me in the NaNo website as MegBrew from Sydney.

If you want to read more about NaNoWriMo follow this link – What is NaNoWriMo 2013??

 

What is NaNoWriMo?

Has NaNoWriMo been popping up online a lot lately?  Have your friends been posting about NaNoWriMo on Facebook and Twitter and you have no idea what they are talking about?  Well NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month, and it is coming up soon.

November 2013 is National Novel Writing Month

the emerging writer, nanowrimoWhat is it? –

It is a project of National writing – Yet to discover which nation?!  But NaNoWriMo has spread globally.  When you register for NaNoWriMo, you are able to imput your time zone within your profile.  This will enable you to find others in your area who are participating.

Lots of areas will be holding events during the month of NaNoWriMo.  Sydney for example have already organised a few planning sessions before November, a kick off party the night before and a few write in’s around the city to keep you motivated and on task.

Why am I getting involved?

Because I am reckless and impulsive – and like trying out stuff.  And I have got no idea how it will feel to try and write 50 000 words in 30 days.  I don’t know what that means yet?

What I hope to achieve from it.

Ideally I will have written a really great yet also completely terrible first draft that I can use.  I would like to abandon a lot of my own hang ups about writing that tend to debilitate how quickly I get things done.  I hope that in having such a strict dead line, I will just not have the time to indulge insecurities.

Nanowrimo, The emerging writers diary, emerging writers, writing first novel, meghan brewsterWhat my plan for the next month will actually be. 

October – I am going to get things as ready a possible.  Going over the plot treatment.  Do a lot of character studies and get very detailed about the location, scenery and details – So that I am not caught when it comes to planning.

November – We will actually be traveling around Thailand and then flying into Melbourne.  So this will be a very interesting time.   Hmmm.

 

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IMG_0493Meghan Brewster is a Blogger, Freelance writer and general spinner of Fiction. She is the founder and editor of The Emerging Writers Diary, as well as Itp & Me, a website dedicated to managing the rare platelet disorder, ITP. To learn more about Meghan Brewster follow this link. By making purchases through links on this website you are helping to support a young emerging writer. Thank you.

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Brainstorm your Plan for Writing

Emerging Writers, Writing, Writers,This post is the second article in a series about making a Plan for Writing for your year ahead.  If you missed the first article you can find it here.

1.  How to Plan Your Writing (Career)

Before you start worrying about the finished plan – let’s start making a mess.  The best thing about brainstorming is that anything goes, so get your brain into a storm and write down everything and anything you can think of.

“It’s not the plan that’s important, it’s the planning.” Dr. Gramme Edwards

I love sitting down with a few old weekend newspapers and cutting out pictures of people doing great stuff.  I collect wonderful book reviews I wish were mine, pictures of book covers with great designs, words, images and colours.  Everything.  These images normally end up stuck in the Planning Diary for a bit of colour.

The following questions are just to help your brain start to dream bigger than you were dreaming a moment ago.

Start with all the fun stuff and answer these five questions first…

  1. What are five things you would write if you knew you weren’t going to fail?
  2. What are five things you would do or start, if you knew that money was not an object?
  3. What are five things you would change about your writing practice?
  4. What would you work on or create, if you no longer wanted to impress anyone?
  5. How would you answer these four questions above, if you were already an established writer?
The Emerging Writer, Writing MotivationThen you need to sit down and really think about these five questions
  1. What are your reading goals for the year? – How much time will you give yourself to read?  How many books would you like to read over the next year?  Are you going to commit to reading the book pages every week?  Are you going to remember to read as much as humanly possible?
  2. What are your writing goals for the year? – Are you going to measure your time in hours spent working or word counts at the end of the day?  Are you going to write every day?  Are you going to set larger goals of manuscript drafts?  Are you going to keep a diary for the year?  Are you going to work on freelance material or only on your own work?
  3. What are your goals for the writing community? – Are you going to allocate time to attend Writing and Writers Festivals?  Are you going to join or continue to meet with a writers group?  Are you going to tell everyone you know you are a writer now?  Are you going to change your job status on Facebook?
  4. What are your rejection goals for the year? – Are you planning on sending your work to a publisher this year?  Are you planning on finding an agent?  How many times would you like to be rejected this year?  Are you planning on giving you work to a friend for the first time?  Or five friends?  Are you going to apply for a job as a writer this year?  I like to call these rejection goals, to help take the fear out them.
  5. What are your education and financial goals for the year? – Are you planning on taking any short courses at a Writers Centre?  Are you planning on buying and reading any inspiring books by other writers?  It is important to remember that Education as a writer is essential and that it does not always come free.  Being a writer and developing your career will cost you.  How much are you willing to spend?  Would you like to have your manuscript assessed by a professional? $$  Would you like to start your own blog?  $$  Would you like to join a union or writers guild? $$

There is a lot to think about but I believe the act of making these plans is what brings all the benefit.  Even if you never look at these again, this day dreaming and imagining will help make it all the more possible.

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My Planning Books

I have two books that all of my plans go into.  One is for the year ahead.  The other book is for the big, distance, impossible dreams.  They are both full of images, notes, writing and rememberings.  It is great.  I brought a huge book knowing that I will be making plans for my writing career for the next 35 years – I want to keep them all together to see how far my ambitions will go.

This might not work for you.  Perhaps you would like to have all you goals written on the wall?

Follow this link to help you sort out what to do with this great brainstorming

3. Finalising your Plan for writing

 

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Finalising your Plan for Writing

Emerging writers blog, THe Diary of an Emerging Writer, Plan for Writing, how to plan a writing career.After all of that brainstorming and collecting ideas, now is the time when you get to decide what is important to you and what you really want to get done next year.  This is the best part.

How to record you Plan for Writing

Not all the things from your brainstorming session will make it into your Plan for Writing.  Somethings you might want to note down for another year or perhaps you would like to make a 5 year plan as well.  That’s great.  Now you can get started writing it up!

When finalising your Plan for Writing, make sure that it is in your own handwriting.  You need to be the one who writes it down, don’t type it up on the computer and print it off – Write it.  It is important that you recognise your handwriting, can remember sitting down and taking the time to write it all out.  It will feel more real, more yours.

Also, if the plan is written in your handwriting it will help you to remember that you made the plan!  You wrote it! And fantastically, this means that you can change it when ever you need to.  It is flexable for whenever you outgrow some goals and achieve others.  One of my goals last year was to make $100 from writing freelance articles online.  My first job paid me $130 for one article a few days later.  I had to reassess that plan and realised I was thinking smaller than I should have been.

How you write it up will depend on where you want to keep it.  Some people like to have it up on a wall where they can see it every day.  While others like to keep their walls free for their story plots.  I like to keep my plans in a big book.  Where I can stick in images, articles and courses I have cut out: a scrap book where all my writing goals are written down.

Where to put it?

The Emerging writers diary, planning your writing career, Plan for Writing, Emerging writer blogsPublic? – The most important thing I can tell you about where to put your Plan for Writing, is that you need to make sure that it is safe!  This plan not only is your guide for the next year, but it contains goals and dreams that might still be vulnerable or romanticised.  You need to take care of them and keep them safe from people who might not understand how important they are to you.

I have been to a lot of houses where people have put their plans up for all to see, such as  in the bathroom, like this picture.  I am not a big fan of this.  It feels a bit too public and almost a little cheezey.  I find these public places can often turn your goals and ambitions for writing into a fad or a phase.  I find it best to keep your goals safe and secure.  Don’t think your are hiding them away, but more protecting them from cynicism, judgement and other people’s fears.

Emerging Writers blogs, Plan for writing, planning your writing careerPrivate? – If you would like to have your Plan for Writing on a wall, I would suggest either your own private bathroom, writing office or behind your bedroom door.

I have already shown you where I like to keep my Plan for Writing.  In a big book.  I like this because not only can I write and stick and tear out things from the book.  This is also the best option for traveling with your plans.  My partner and I are still quite unsettled at the moment.  We are house sitting, traveling Australia and have just made plans to head to Thailand for a few weeks.  I want to be able to bring these books with me.

I also get a chance to see what my goals used to be.  I get to look over what my plan was last year.  I love seeing how far I have come.

Where have you put your Plan for Writing?

Share your ideas for planning the future below.

 

 

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How to Plan Your Writing (Career)

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This is me brainstorming

3rd September 2013 – It is time to start thinking about the coming year.  In just four weeks my next writing year begins.  I started writing or decided to start writing on the 22nd of September 2012.  Very soon it will be my anniversary.  Before I started to write last year I wrote down a couple of things I wanted to achieve before I started.  It was just a quick list on a scrap of paper.  I looked back over that list every now and again over the last year, to see how I was going.  This year, I am going to do a much better job of making a Plan for Writing.  This year I am going to dream bigger, be more adventurous, more impossible and more detailed with my plan for my next year of writing.

This morning I am going to spend hours looking over notes, newspaper articles and things I have tucked into old folders.  I’ll make  a calendar and brainstorm what I want to get out of my next year of writing.  I’ll write down crazy dreams that seem impossible alongside small goals I know I will achieve.

Why should you make a Plan for Writing?

“Reduce your plan to writing. The moment you complete this, you will have definitely given concrete form to the intangible desire.” Napoleon Hill

Having your goals and plans written down is one of the easiest steps you can take to make sure you achieve them.  The importance of making a Plan for Writing should not be underestimated.   It is much easier to get somewhere if you know where you are going.  Having a plan will give you direction and help motivate you towards to your next goal.  You will also feel more in control of your writing if you have set your own terms and made your own rules.  You will get to did decide how that career is going to look and feel.  Having a Plan for Writing gives you agency and keeps you in control.

Making a Plan for Writing also will give you the chance to make a Plan B, in case your intended goals turn out to be different to how you hoped.  When you have a Plan B, disappointments are easily managed and you can change your direction more easily.

What to include in your Plan for Writing?

Goalbook2“If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.” Tariq Siddique

You can include anything you think might be relevant for the year ahead; think of it like a business plan – A yearly forecast.  What would your business plan be if you had to write one?  What would you include?

I try to include everything I can possibly think of in my Plan for Writing.  I like to cover all the aspects of my writing practice, from daily word count goals to finishing a manuscript by a certain date.  I also like to make a plan about how my writing is going to fit in with the other areas of my life.  A priority check list is a great tool for reminding you what is important and what needs your attention first.  I have also started to plan out a bit of an education budget and a festival attendance plan – but I will get into that more later.

I keep all my plans, goals and notes for the future in two big diaries that sit on my writing desk, picture above.  I love having everything in one big book, but everyone is different.  Where should you keep your plan?  I’ll get to that later too.

Hopefully after finishing your Plan for Writing, you will have a good idea about what kind of writer you hope to be.  You may also uncover what is important to you as a writer.  This will come in handy when making decisions about your writing, as knowing what is important to you, will help you make decisions that fit into your bigger plan.

To get started on your own Plan for Writing, follow these links.

2. Where do I Start? Brain Storming your Plan for Writing
3. How do I put this all together?  Finalising your Plan for Writing

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The Book Pages

The Emerging Writer, Writing, My first Novel, The Book Pages3rd August 2013 – Don’t you just love it when you pick up the Arts & Culture lift out from the Saturday paper, only to see an Author has escaped the typical Book Pages interview and is being featured on the very front page.  What a Thrill.  Its been a long day writing, long but worth while, and now I sit back and relax and enjoy a little review indulgence.  Thanks SMH.

Reading the Book Pages

The Emerging Writer, Writers, Reading reviews, Book reviews.27th of July 2013 – Saturday.

I drive to the loval supermarket for coffee, lunch and the papers.  The weekend papers… is there anything else like them on earth?  Reading them on a Saturday, you could start to think you life was about to start.  You make plans and notes, and dream holidays and new clothes and you feel for a second as though you are completely In Touch with everything…Right before you are completely over whelmed and turn the papers aside as there is just too much to read.   Well I only read one section every time, the Book Pages.

The Book Pages are where I find treasure, feel connected, follow the trends and new publishers work, find out which famous author may have passed away leaving a mysteriously unpublished manuscript.  This is like Woman’s Day for the thinking lady.

Every Saturday I make it my mission to read these pages.  It is so important to stay up to date with what is going on – who is publishing what and when – and for how much.

I recommend it – for a bit of routine at least.

The Writing Lifestyle; Working from Home

Working from Home

There is a lot to learn about working from home.  Weather you are working full time, part time or just stealing hours every now and again – Working from home is not all ice cream Sundays and foot rubs.  I have been doing it for a few months now and I am still just figuring out how it all works.  Working from home can be really hard.  I mean, harder than people expect.  There are studies online that actual state people working from home as working for 5 to 7 hours more than those in a traditional office.

Find Your Own Space

Doesn’t matter how often each day you come to this space to write, it should only ever be used for writing.  I see Space as such an important factor in creativity and productivity, that I have devoted a whole page to the matter.  Finding the Space, is an article about places and spaces that you can used to write.

Finding the Time

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You are in control, you have to motivate yourself.  You are the boss and you are the leader and you decide what happens when.  This can be really challenging, especially if you are coming from a job where you are sort of told what needs to be done all the time.  Organising your time is key.  I could not live without the Sticky Note Application on my computer.  People can think you are ‘free’ all the time, and you start to feel bad for not helping them out – After all, you don’t make any money form writing anyway, so you may as well help them out, Right??  Im sure JK Rowling was never pestered while she was writing at the Balmoral Hotel, but I am just at home.

Top five things that used to distract me at home.

  • Cleaning up and ‘just quickly chucking a load of washing on’.
  • Realising we needed to ‘Pop to the shops’ for a few things for dinner.
  • Catching up with friends if they took a day off work.
  • Going to the post office for other people.
  • Procrastinating by wandering from room to room.

Finding the Structure

You have to make up your own rules.  I have started to introduce rules as I need them.  I am bringing structure and rules in slowly – instead of making up a big list of rules at the start, I am seeing what is going wrong and then finding a structure to fix the problem.  Now I have Monday as the day to get organised and plan the week.  I also plan my tomorrow, before I go to bed, so when i wake up in the morning I know exactly what my first task is,  after my morning Ritual.  I go to the desk and open the day’s sticky note and begin.