Archives for August 2011

A Cure for Writer’s Block

As a professional writer I never get writer's block when writing my clients' stuff. I can't afford it! It has been said many times before, but you don't hear about people getting builder's block or doctor's block, do you? 

But I do suffer from it sometimes when writing my own stories. My block takes the form of a kind of quiet but inexorably rising flood of panic at the thought of too many ideas and not knowing which to choose to work on. This can get so bad that I sometimes end up not writing anything, and that makes me feel worse than ever.

Well, I think I've just found a cure and every time I'm blocked I swear I will read this for inspiration. The following is not only a breathtakingly good piece of writing from Doris Lessing's Nobel Prize Lecture speech, but the content itself makes me realise how lucky I am to have the luxury of even contemplating writer's block when some people have so little at all.

You'll see what I mean when you read this and I defy you not to have tears in your eyes by the end. And to be reaching for your pen or pencil or keyboard …

Doris Lessing Nobel Prize Lecture 2007

Could You Write a Novel in 30 Days?

Regular readers will know how big  a fan I am of the inspirational Ted Talks. I came acoss this one from Matt Cutts called Try Something New For 30 Days. The basic idea is that if you  devote just 30 days to making a small but significant change in your life, who know what might happen?Research has shown it takes between 21 and 28 days to instill a new habit and almost anyone can keep going for a month, can't they? 

In the video he mentions how he wrote a 50,000 word novel in 30 days when he took part in National Novel Writing Month. He says it isn't a brilliant one, but at least he did it! I found it very inspirational, I hope you do too.



So You Want to Write a Book? Free Ebook!

I have spent this week writing my new free ebook:  So, You Want to Write a Book? You can get your copy by filling in the form on the right of this page on the site.

The book was inspired by all the questions people ask me about ghost writing and getting published and so I thought I would gather all the information together in one place and compile what I hope is a useful guide. It includes information on how long typical books are, genres, writing a proposal, how to work with a ghost writer and more.

I hope you find it useful. If you do – pass it on!