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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Packing for the Festival

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emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,1. Foam Roller

This foam roller is particularly good for traveling since my partner cut the dam thing in half with a bread knife.  Note the damaged, un-even end.  It is now the perfect size to twist into my carry-on luggage.

I am about to sound like the ‘nerds guide to travel’ but with so much time sitting during the festival, I am concerned I will end up looking (and feeling) like a hunch back.  I am certain that Quasimodo was an Emerging Writer without a foam roller before he headed up into that bell tower.

This is a very light weight (and small) foam roller that will be perfect for stretching out after being tucked up in a little lecture chair.

If you don’t have a roller or stretching routine, make sure you are least wiggle around in your seat every now and again.

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,2. Various Sized Diaries & Notebooks

I find laptops too loud and cumbersome while I am sitting in on panel events.  Call me old fashioned but I love the sound of the perfect pen (See 11) with a sharp little point and thin flowing ink, making those hushed little scratches in my notebooks.

Included in my pile is a travel size 2014 Diary, a plain black moleskin journal – lined, an Alice in Wonderland sketch book – un lined, and a perforated moleskin sketch pad.  I think there are also a few envelopes in that pile.

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,3.Takeaway Keep Cup

So many coffees… So little wastage.

Writers Festivals are all about the coffee right?  Oh and the books of course.  This Keep Cup is from my favourite cafe in town and will be the perfect reminder of home while I’m away.  Thanks Pheobe.

I think these cups may have gone out of fashion in the last 6 months, but I have hung on dearly.  They are only really environmentally friendly if you keep using them and don’t let them end up in the rubbish because they aren’t cool any more.

Maybe we can try and bring them back into fashion…

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,4. Book Plates

Writing Festivals a known to be filled with Emerging & Established Writers flogging their wears for all to come and purchase.  After you fall in love with a a writer during a great workshop presentation, you tend to go buy their book.

No-one ever thinks they are going to buy as many books as they do.  But remember writers – They are all tax deductible (See 5).

These book plates are a cute way to keep track of your growing library helping you remember where and when you brought a book.

I am taking 20 book plates to Melbourne for 6 days – that’s 3 and a 1/3 books every day – Watch out merchandise people!

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,5.  Bull Dog Clips

Why am I taking a huge stack of bull dog clips to the Emerging Writers Festival?  Well my question to you is, why aren’t you?

These tiny little clasps of genius are for all my receipts!

Sound crazy?  Well you are crazy if you are an emerging writer and you are not claiming books and event tickets on your tax.  You know it’s true.

I keep a couple of these bull dog clips in my hand bag and purse when I travel because I know I will loose all those little bits of paper.  If you don’t loose them, they end up scrunched in the bottom of your bag until you toss them all away.

How many reciepts have you kept from books you have brought, pens, high lighters & note books?  How many times have you printed off festival tickets to claim in June on your tax? Having a system to keep all those receipts from flinging out of your bag will mean you will probably get them back to your house in one piece.  Clip them together and send them to your tax man!

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,6. Myki Travel Card

I found this in my wallet.

After searching my office for two days and finding Indonesian money, Singaporean dollars and a map of Mexico City; I found it in my wallet!

This Myki card is really only relevant to The Emerging Writers Festival in Melbourne, but I suggest you get your hands on one, even if you’re only in town for one day.  That way, you have a reason to come back next year.

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,7. A Winter Scarf

Before heading off to any Writing Festival – Check the weather.  This morning I looked up the weather forecast for Melbourne for the next few days and saw it was going to be a little nippy.

This 3 meter long white knit scarf twists up into a tiny little ball, fitting easily into my case.  When it unrolls, I can wrap it round my neck 10 times!

Thanks Mum! x

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,8. Fingerless Blogging Mittens

Again with the cold weather of Melbourne – See above.

These fingerless ‘blogging mittens’ are made for typing in the cold Melbourne weather.  These were a present from my sister, but I am sure there are plenty of shops that sell lots of mitten like items.

Gloves are great but it is hard to type with them on, and you certainly can’t use a smart phone or hold a pen.

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,9. Red Lip Stick

In preparation for my travels, I Googled ‘Melbourne Hipster’ to make sure I had everything I needed to blend into the crowd.  Red lips are in!

You may not need to pack red lipstick for your next writing festival, but I certainly recommend googling the place you are going to visit to make sure you adhere to the social customs of the city.  When in Rome.

Look out for me.  Ill be the one with red lipstick all over the edge of my Keep Cup!

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, burial rites cover,writing tips,10. A Copy of your favourite Author’s Book

This is an important one, especially if you know your favourite authors is going to be at the festival you’re about to attend.

I happen to know that Hannah Kent will be featured at the Emerging Writers Festival 2014.  She may even be one of the festival ambassadors?

While I have already read the book, it might seem like an unnessecary weight to take on the plane but in case I do meet that fine literary author, she might just sign it for me – You never know!

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,11. New Pens

Are you superstitious about your pens?

I have a favourite brand I always buy.  I don’t lend these pens to people.  I have two at a time, a red and a black.  For special occasions I buy myself brand new ones!  You don’t want them to run out at crucial moments.

I also would not recommend you be without a pen (Because you are a writer and you will look crazy!) in case you end up getting that signature from Hannah Kent you were after.  Oh wait, that was my plan!

 

emerging writer, emerging writers, how to become a writer, become a writer, emerging writers festival, writing tips,12. Literature Appreciation Buttons

These buttons speak for themselves.

They are so that people know I care about reading and books.

While wearing these buttons at the festival I will not be confused with any other person in Melbourne who does not think books are sexy.

They will also make me easier to find.  If you see me wearing these about the festival come over and say hi!

iPhone13. iPhone (Smart Phone)

Or Black Berry for Kate  – How else are you going to tweet, Instagram and update your face book status without a smart phone?

I plan on using mine to take selfies, upload them to instagram, hash tag them #ewf14 and see how many likes I get.  But then, isnt that everyones plan really?

No really… I will need this phone for maps, public transport information and accessing all my digital tickets to the events.

 

Iphone charger14. iPhone Charger

Sounds obvious – You’s be surprised how many times everyone leaves this behind.

And make sure you take it home with you too after the festival.

 

 

 

What are you taking to the Festival?

Naming Characters

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Do you struggle when it comes to naming your characters.  I do.  Well, to be more correct, I did.

This is just a quick post to share my new favourite Scrivener tool.

 The Name Generator

Check it  out.  You can select gender, country of origin, obscurity levels and even ask for a double barrelled last name.  You can select one name, or it can generate 500!  So great.

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Click image to play demo…

I used to use baby name websites – but the problem with that is the names coming up now are not the names used 40 years ago when my characters were born – Tricky – So I would search, ‘Popular boys names in 1973‘ and I only get the top ten!  What can I do with ten?

Scrivener – Self Publishing is Easy

I have just started using Scrivener as my word processing software.

I love it.

I was looking for Software to convert my writing into an Ebook…

I found it when I started to search for software that could format my work into an Ebook available for Kindle and E Readers.  A couple of blogs recommended Scrivener for the formatting process – but what was really interesting is that Scrivener was recommend for drafting, planning your book, storing research and character outlines, saving images and setting writing goals – writing editing proofing and formatting.  It does everything.

I have used it for far more than just converting my writing into an Ebook.

Below I have included a couple of the features of Scrivener –

To give you an idea of how it looks and what it can do.

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Characters – Planning Board

Characters & Casting

Collect all your character profiles in one place.

Using images of real people, you can go through the process of casting your characters and keeping the images with your character’s profiles.

I love using old actors for Casting my Characters as there are lots of pictures of them through every stage of their lives.

Also – actors tend to have lots more photos of themselves in various moods, situations and styles.

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Location Planning Board.

 

Setting & Locations

Locations settings have always been difficult for me, as my novels tend to spand quite a lot of time and in doing so my locations age and change and develop.

Scrivener has a whole location setting to help you with mood boards, images, notes and consistency while writing.

Here is a board that I made for a location I had been struggling to image.  It is a cottage in the forest, that has not been touched or fixed or restored for a long time.

 

 

FORMATTING; Your writing to Ebook –

There are a load of ready made templates in Scrivener including a PhD thesis paper, Short Story formatting and Ebooks.  These templates make it so easy to format and publish everything you write in Scrivener.

There are heaps of tutorials Online about how to format your ebook using Scrivener – Even this one…

5 minute Video Tutorial from the makers of Scrivener – Literature & Lattes.

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 Enjoy!