Friday, July 1, 2011

Thought for the Weekend - Hilary Mantel & Erica Jong

Okay, because I'm in a particularly generous mood today, I'm going to give you not one but two 'Thoughts for the Weekend'

Have a great Weekend!

If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem. But don't make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people's words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient.


All writing problems are psychological problems. Blocks usually stem from the fear of being judged. If you imagine the world listening, you’ll never write a line. That’s why privacy is so important. You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone.



  1. Oh loving the line "You should write first drafts as if they will never be shown to anyone."

    Cool post!

  2. Thanks Michelle - Also re first drafts - a good piece of advice I got once, was to always keep your first draft - just in case in editing you lose the essense of what u wer originally aiming for.

  3. Cool Lolamouse & thks for following.


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