11. Finishing the story, and the truly awful typewriter

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The story of murderously vengeful Felicity is finished. The next blog will report what methods worked, what was a waste of time, and what has been learnt about short story writing.

Meanwhile, a good part of the story was produced on the typewriter below. I looked up reviews about it and thought it had got a lot of stick. Unjustifiably so.

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Fear of the blank page

Is Narnia All There Is?

What is the scariest thing for a writer? The blank page. Especially if, like me, you’ve been through several months of ‘writer’s block’.  How do you get through the block and get writing again?

Here are some suggestions, in no particular order.

  1. Write rubbish: just accept that whatever you write may be appalling but write it anyway, knowing that you can change it later. Write the opening sentence of your next scene, even if it is pedestrian and hackneyed. Keep writing. At some point, I promise you, something clicks, your critical brain is turned off, your creative brain takes control and that magical flow starts.
  2. Get something published: probably the best cure for writer’s block is the proof that what you are writing is worth someone else’s time reading. Consider putting some effort into sending stuff you’ve already written to competitions or magazines or agents.  You may as well use…

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Writing for pleasure or profit?

Is Narnia All There Is?

I recently reposted a blog from Sarah Menary, a fellow member of the Rugby Association of Fictioneers.  Her quote “A great teacher once told me that there are two types of writers: those that tell themselves a story, and have a great time doing it, and those that write for an audience, and don’t always enjoy it so much” and her question, “Ask yourself what kind of writer you are? Are you fighting to tell a great story? Or are you really telling your own story?” made me realise that most of the fun I get from writing is when I am not writing for an audience, but I am telling myself a story. Some of my difficulties recently have been because I’ve been wrenching apart and rewriting short stories to make them ‘suitable for publication’, and feeling that the stories have lost something – passion? heart?…

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