It won’t be news to any of you that I am not a theatre critic so don’t be expecting some in-depth review of the writing and the acting that I was lucky enough to enjoy on Saturday night – this is more just about the group and the evening. If you haven’t been to or heard of The Brink before its a community cafe and Liverpool’s first dry bar, which does make it’s location a little ironic as it is a stones throw away from the bulk of Liverpool’s clubs, bars and nighttime spots. Continue reading Liverpool Playwrights at The Brink
I know I teased you all with a big announcement last week and then I was unable to tell you but now I can! About a month ago I saw a call for submissions for a new literary magazine, called Salomé, for emerging female writers. Serendipitously, I had a piece of short fiction that I worked on whilst at university and had recently revisited to fine tune it. Being quite proud of this small piece of work, I sent it in for consideration because there was the promise of receiving feedback regardless of whether you were selected or not and I wanted to know if my writing was going in a good direction.
I think anyone who has ever undertaken any kind of writing (even essays at university and such) faces two kinds of dread; the first being that of looking at a blank page and wondering how you’ll ever start and the second, being when you’ve left a piece of writing unfinished for a long time and know you have to go back to it. For me both of these happened with my dissertation that has now evolved into the novel I am working on. The project began at the end of my second year with writing my proposal, giving me the entire summer to do appropriate research and time to think about how my ideas would mesh together. We came back to university, were given out dissertation tutors and then it took me 2 months more to actually start writing thanks to a weekend writing retreat in Whitby organised by my univeristy so I was sort of forced into starting my piece. Despite the pressure, the deadlines you face in education do push you into producing work but what about after university? You’d think that once university is over and the pressure is off that writing would become more freeing and enjoyable again but then months pass by without you producing anything of note and that project you spent so much time on is just sitting in a folder on your computer that mocks you with the “date last modified” telling you how long you’ve ignored it. Continue reading 5 Tips on How to Return to That Piece of Writing You’re Avoiding