Writing magic: an elixir to happiness

We have only a few weeks left on the Te Papa Tupu programme. I am still grateful to have been picked for this programme and know that these six months have given me the tools and insight I need to be a writer for life. I spent quite a bit of time over the past … Continue reading Writing magic: an elixir to happiness

How coincidences mean more than you think

Often this month I've questioned, 'Why am I doing this?'  Not so long ago, a New Age shaped world view would have me think, 'Oh, but writing seems to have chosen me.' Now I can't be so sure. Back then, I might cite the time I went looking for guidance on what I thought was … Continue reading How coincidences mean more than you think

Hunting for truth in history

Writing a true account of history is no easy task. Bias and perceptions may influence the story and to some extent can change the historical record. Unfortunately this bias will sometimes be replicated and assume a place in history as fact. As a researcher I look for several references to an account of an event. … Continue reading Hunting for truth in history

When the writing flow starts to congeal

Robert Louis Stevenson was quoted as saying: Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. At the moment I am planting lots of seeds but when I look at my fields the crops seem like poor specimens. Under nourished and not able to stand tall against strong winds. … Continue reading When the writing flow starts to congeal

Suiting the taste of a target audience

We are nearing the halfway mark of our journey and I have just completed the manuscript in its rawest form – the unformed clay if you will. My mentor has allowed the following week to go over this first draft and begin the editing process, so I am a bundle of nerves. Even now, I … Continue reading Suiting the taste of a target audience

Learning new tricks (and old ones)

This last month has been such a rollercoaster ride but I’m loving it. I’ve had to learn to be self-disciplined (I’m 46 and have never felt the need for it until now). I’ve learnt to say no to people when they want me to do something (something I should have mastered years ago) and that … Continue reading Learning new tricks (and old ones)

How Jekyll and Hyde help refine writing

I am experiencing the dual identities of writing – which I affectionately think of as Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – two different personalities sharing the one body. I refer to writing for pleasure – a sudden rush of great ideas in a story that lives and breathes as it passes from your imagination to … Continue reading How Jekyll and Hyde help refine writing

Jeremy Latimer and the Joys Of Writing

Well - here is my first journal entry and for the first time I have no idea of what I want to write. Oh, the joys of writing! The whole experience has been a bit of a whirlwind affair, and the prospect of having a "completion date" is daunting. It's funny to think that I have dreamed … Continue reading Jeremy Latimer and the Joys Of Writing