Blog Entries
Box of Inspirations
Category: Writing
Tags: inspiration artefacts writing memoir aids

Box of inspirations

 

 

I’m in the process of decluttering. Sorting out a lifetime’s accumulated junk. Wondering why on earth I have held on to so much stuff for so long.

 

But it’s not hard to hang on to the implements with which you’ve written so many words through your life: notes, letters (many many letters), cheques, contracts, shopping lists, thoughts, story ideas - the stories themselves, poems, and reminders. 

 

Rifling through my box of pencils I can remember where I was and what was going on in my life just by holding each one.

 

Do you remember when I used my big bulging button tin as my inspiration for my 2014 nano novel? It wasn’t a personal memoir, but I used it to help my protagonist (with dementia) remember poignant moments in her life. 

 

 

And so it is with these pens and pencils. In just the first handful I see the gold Sheaffer fountain pen I had for signing contracts when I was an IT consultant.  There’s the ICL training pencil from fabulous programming courses at ICL Beaumont near Windsor many years ago (oh those wonderful work colleagues.) And a multitude from hotels across the globe (oh those trips.) So many memories are all buried here in this clutch of pens and pencils.

 

 

Then there is this - the pencil from the Public Record Office in Kew where, in the early 1990s, I researched my mysterious father. This was before access to wartime records via the internet. This was when you had an appointment at the Public Record Office in Kew, were given a pencil (and only a pencil) with which to make notes. When requests were sent to the archives. When you waited for old yellowing original hand written files to be ‘brought up’. This was when I found what happened to my father, Pilot Officer  FJ Roberts RCAF DFM (the medal of courage), when he and fellow crew members were shot down in their Lancaster JB400 (L for La Loupe) of RAF 103 Squadron. It was the 5th Berlin Raid. I was five days old. And he was just 22. 

 

 

And this is why I took up writing again.

 

 

 

Do you have an old pencil box filled with memories?  With inspirations??

 

Writing Books Tags: Writing reference books

Bloggers Block = Spring Cleaning

 

It’s the truth, I’m spring cleaning because I’ve no idea what to blog about - I know, I know, I recently wrote a poem about finding happiness by clearing out clutter - but hey, wait a minute now, what’s all this? I'm emptying one of many bookcases. And before I reach for that vacuum cleaner with the special book-cleaning nozzle I am lost....

 

 

 

 

I honestly cannot remember the last time I turned one page of these books. And look at the treasure trove they are. Is it becoming just too easy to google every question?  

 

 

Does advice like this still hold true in today's edgy world of writing?

 

 

 

 

 

Does the 1913 Quiller lecture to 'Gentlemen' come across as far too stuffy, far too out of date?

 

Picasso, before he 'did his own thing', studied the 'right way' to do it then went ahead and broke all the rules. Successfully. Should we follow Picasso's example?

 

And what of the rules? and the rights and wrongs of how to send in query letters, how to pitch the publisher, how to... how to... how to... Or are the clever folks writing and publishing these editions the ones who have got it right by making money out of us who feel we continually need to check - that we have it right?

 

 

Of course, I still get tempted to splash out on the latest writing book.  This one is the result of the dangers of having an amazon wishlist.

 

 

 

The images above are the tip of my writing books iceberg - but deep beneath is this one from 1886.

 

 

It was obviously popular and useful in its day.  I'm still discovering really good advice too.

 

 

How many ‘on writing’ books do you have weighing down your bookshelves?  And how frequently do you refer to them?

 

It is going to take some motivation to get me back into the spring cleaning.

Instead I will gently turn the delicate pages of The Spelling Book Superceded 1886 and imagine the owner, one, Henrietta Bichard, consulting it as she worked on her writing.

 

This Week on WA 12th February
Category: Site News
Tags: writers Abroad News

It has been another busy week for many members of Writers Abroad.

Voting on the magazine versus newsletter resulted in the newsletter being agreed as a way forward for now. The what and when details yet to be discussed.

Members are updating posts on their writing plans and goals; we all know that plans are ever-shifting so reviewing and updating on a regular basis is a great idea.

The February challenges and opportunities thread is being added to all the time, and Alyson has taken up the challenge to write a really tough story with a 2099 setting in an American city. What a wowzer of a challenge and what an impressive offering from Alyson. If you haven't already - check this one out.

Angela, too, has a wonderful unicorn story resulting from last week's muses. Any publishers of stories for children out there? This one is well worthy of going to print.

And take a look at Jill's 'Bend in the River' a breathtaking piece also resulting from last week's muses. 

The Adhoccers are keeping up the beat as always, and it is really good to see new mum Luara back in the saddle. Great stories as always.

Speaking of which, yours truly attended a poetry and story telling event yesterday (Sunday) - reading from the Ad Hoc files is always fun. And swift too. It felt good to give them an outing.

As for this week - the muses are up thanks to Angela, Maggie's blog should be posted shortly.

Hope I've not forgotten anything - if I have, just holler. Have a good week all. 

Next
1 2 3 4 5 6
RSS

Who's Online
This Month on Writers Abroad
Saturday, September 01, 2018
September 2018 News
Writers Abroad

Promote your Page too
Our Book Shelf

Writers Abroad's Bookshelf

The House at Zaronza
tagged: writers, abroad, vanessa, couchman, historical, and fiction
Love is All You Need: Ten tales of love from The Sophie King Prize
tagged: writers, abroad, sophie, king, prize, alyson, and hillbourne
Out of Control
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, croft, members, and publications
The Duke's Shadow
tagged: the, duke-s, shadow, louise, charles, debut, and novel
Foreign & Far Away
tagged: writers, abroad, amanda, hodkinson, books, charity, anthology, 2013...
Losing Control
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, and croft
Enchantment
tagged: nina, croft, writes, and abroad
Conversations with S. Teri O'Type
tagged: writers, abroad, christopher, and allen
Break Out
tagged: writers, abroad, ninca, and croft
Deadly Pursuit
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, and croft
The Calling
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, and croft
Big Book of New Short Horror
tagged: featuring, wa, member, alyson, and hillbourne
Tiger of Talmare
tagged: writers, abroad, nina, and croft

goodreads.com
Networked Blogs