November 16, 2017 in Dag

Getting back up on that horse

Well, it happened again.

A few months ago, I posted about how, despite the unsettling effect of starting a new job, I was determined not to put a hold on my writing. I pushed myself really hard for the first couple of months, making consistent progress on my current work in progress.

November 9, 2017 in Dag

So many ways things can go wrong

I mentioned a few months ago how I started a new job. It’s taken a while to settle in but I feel like I’m starting to get the hang of it now.

One of the aspects that has been a bit challenging about this new job is that it is in a sector I’ve never worked in before. Don’t want to say too much (I prefer to keep professional stuff away from this site for a number of reasons) but I can summarise by saying it’s in a medical-related area.

November 2, 2017 in Dag

Saying hello to good friends

I just treated myself to some new music.

I’m old-fashioned like that. I’m not into all these new-fangled Spotifys and Pandoras and streaming playlists and all that other modern stuff. If there’s music I want, I’ll buy it. So I may have moved beyond CDs (perhaps a little reluctantly) but I still choose to purchase my digital music. And I still refer to long-players as “records” so that should give you some idea of how behind the times I really am.

October 26, 2017 in Dag

Writing what I see or hear

It’s amazing how a story unfolds inside my head.

Usually, the first thing that comes through is the theme. Most of my stories are based on a theme – a central idea that drives all further developments, whether character or plot based. The theme may come from something I’ve read or something I’ve watched, or just a random idea that leaps into my head for no particular reason. It may be based on some big idea – maybe something political or psychological – some grand revelation about the nature of life and society. Or it may be a little thing that tickles my fancy.

October 19, 2017 in Dag

I don’t think I could ever write anything generic

We writers are constantly being given advice about how to be successful. We’re told how we need to treat our vocation as a business – to create a plan and a strategy. And, in particular, we’re provided with templates and guidelines for how to craft a written work that is guaranteed to connect with its intended audience.

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with any of this. I’m definitely not suggesting that any of this advice isn’t valid (although my feeling is that even if every writer followed this advice to the letter, you would still only have a small fraction achieving a significant level of success, given the laws of supply and demand when it comes to readers and writers,).