Writing Courses Are Okay

27 March, 2012 § Leave a comment

I teach a writing course.

Some may wonder why, given I have never legitimately published or authored a book.

That seems to be people’s expectation of a teacher of writing.

Yet I have a talent for writing, always have had, and enjoy the process of writing including the frustrations and disappointments.

I do actually plan to write a book. It will be non-fiction. And I find from my research that the process of writing is similar irrespective of what kind of writing one does.

And, unlike the writer from the Guardian who stated:

”Avoid cliques, gangs, groups. The presence of a crowd won’t make your writing any better than it is.”

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/a-novel-idea-turns-creative-writing-into-an-academic-racket-20100226-p914.html

teach writing, writing courseI find that it’s not so much the need for ‘having a crowd’ that people come to a writing course. It’s for the discipline. To actually put pen to paper. To commit scheduled time to a pursuit which brings them joy and expresses their spirit. For those for whom writing is a passion, the pleasure of writing includes being lost ‘in the zone’. For some reason people can’t find time to write. But when they are in a course, when given a prompt, they can write in a flowing state and the energy from putting ideas on a page is palpable.

Others come because they want to honour a memory, remedy the poor writing they see in a genre, simpy to see if they can do it. And there’s nothing wrong with any reason for writing.

The proof is in the value gained by others from reading.

And if no-one ever reads it, does it matter?

Storytelling Contest Open Now

22 March, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you have a story tot ell and you can produce it in video, head over to Celtx – they are funding a competition and it costs nothing to enter.  They are picking the best ten to award a prize to as well as some promotion juice.

Check it out – https://www.celtx.com/seeds.html. See if it suits and if you qualify.

Writing Software – A Cool Tool

22 March, 2012 § Leave a comment

When you get serious about writing you start to realise it would help to have a software tool to keep your writing organised.

If you search for writing software you’ll find a number of products out there and I am confident many of them are very good and worth the money.  But most fledgling writers don’t have the funds or are not sure what they want in a writing software tool before they buy.

My solution? A ‘free’ tool which is written for writers by a writer who is also a programmer – perfect combination! Why ‘free’? Well, you pay nothing to download it and nothing will happen if you never pay for it. But if you like it or gained value from using it, an honour system asks that you contribute by donation. The amount is entirely up to you.

What I like about this software is that it enables you to run multiple writing projects, so you can progress all those ideas for books at your own pace. It also helps you get organised by capturing what you need as it comes to mind and keeping it in a coherent collection for you to work on.


Find out more and download the software from here – http://www.spacejock.com/yWriter5.html

I have no vested interest in recommending this product whatsoever. I just think it’s a cool tool to get going.

Of course, you can use post-it notes to organise your ideas and type into a word document or on a blog but at some point you need to organise those disparate ideas and notes – this tool helps to do that.

Other ideas for writing software can be found here.

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