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Historic Carcoar offers everything this writer could possibly want to inspire productivity – historic buildings, heritage rose gardens and solitude – so much so that I think this is the ideal location to hold a writer’s retreat during the cosy winter months that only the Bathurst/Orange area with its villages, fine food and wines, and romantic weather can offer (think log fires, foggy mornings and crisp, clear days).

Anyone interested in log fires, devonshire teas and uninterrupted time to write?

I’ve found the ideal location at an old nunnery attached to the local catholic church.

Stay tuned for details.

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In ‘Novel Writing, a Writers’ and Artists’ Companion’ Philip Pullman says, ‘Don’t make plans. A plan is not a map, it’s a straitjacket. Your imagination needs the freedom to roam wherever it wants to go, and if you constrain it the book will suffer.’

And I have to agree.

There is so much advice around now in the Indie Publishing world that says outline your novel, fill in the blanks, press ‘publish’, and you will make thousands. Alas, there is little written about the creative process itself in comparison, a process that takes time, lots of it, sweat, lots of that too, and tears…in order to to trust your imagination and give it the freedom to roam you have to step back at see where it takes you…and nobody can sell you anything to make the process any easier.

Remember, the best things in life are free. All they take is time, hard work and tears…there are no shortcuts.

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Adding to yesterday’s post, I found this article by Scott Atkinson in my Writer’s Digest Writer’s Yearbook, 2015…

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It seems that this is the time of year writers take stock (if the blog posts hitting my inbox are anything to go by) – what worked in 2014, what didn’t, and how to change one’s writing habits to increase the chances of success in 2015.

Leo Babauta over at http://www.zenhabits.net suggests ‘5 Ideas to Create an Amazing 2015’ which is worth a look, and his twelve month Sea Change course is a challenge I just can’t refuse. For $10 a month I get to complete the following Sea Change modules:

1. Meditation

2. Healthy Eating

3. Decluttering

4. Exercise

5. Unprocrastination

6. Learning/studying

7. Debt reduction

8. Quitting a bad habit

9. A good start

10. Gratitude

11. Creating

12. Letting go

Somehow, methinks the Art of Failing Well and my monthly $10 expenditure may have some cosmic link…but at least I don’t have to hand over my beautiful new ‘Ring For Chocolate’ Christmas present till AugustπŸ˜‡

 

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Over at http://www.brainpickings.org there’s a great article by Maria Popova, ‘Fixed vs Growth: The two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives’, that not only gives writers permission to fail but refers to failing as a positive way forward to greater achievement. For anyone setting goals for 2015 it’s worth a look. I particularly liked the idea of failing forward at this time of year when we’re all busy telling ourselves that 2015 will be better, that we will write more, publish more, sell more…I love the idea of setting my goals right up there in the stratosphere and then failing spectacularly. It might even make a good story…Happy New to all our family, friends, and followers. Thank you all for a great 2014 and we look forward to writing, publishing and selling at least a dozen Cracker & Gilly Mysteries in 2015…and a special message for my co-author and partner in crime who is wagging it in Hong Kong, 2014 was the year of our infamy while 2015 will be the year riches reign down upon our heads…

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At school this week one of my students told me she was up to 35,000 words of her NaNoWriMo project…do the rest of us have any excuse if a fourteen year old can achieve such a result on top of school work, assessment and end of year co-curricula activities?

My student is aiming for 50,000 words and beyond. This is her first novel. And my excuse for not writing? I’m too busy…

What’s your excuse?

 

 

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When I grow up I want to be a writer…

When my brother grows up he wants to be a rock star…

When my Β children grow up they will look at their mother and their uncle and see a pair of old crazies doing what they wanna do and being what they wanna be, yeah…

When you grow you grow up, what do you want to be?

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