Monday, 31 August 2009

And now for something completely different...

Due to the increasing success of Murdering The Text, I am closing down my other business Haven Crystal Gifts to concentrate my time and resources.

On 1st September, the Haven Crystal Gifts website begins it's closing down sale. All items are reduced in price.

Have a look to pick up some bargains.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

I say, I say...

Working on my pantomime yesterday, I suddenly realised how much 'dad' humour I was using. Let me explain 'dad' humour. It's the kind of jokes that you get in crackers or that fathers use to amuse their children. Well, they think they're amusing their children but usually the involved younglings are more embarrassed than amused, with cries of 'Oh Dad'. I suppose it's on par with dad dancing. With the pantomime, I find myself chortling at the humour I'm writing (especially as I can imagine the audience reaction) but also thinking 'oh no, how embarrassing'.

When I return to my writing, I tend to read through the previous chapter or scene to get into the energy of that particular piece. For me, different kinds of writing (novel, play, blog article etc) tend to have their own rhythms and energy levels. For example, the pantomime is a very upbeat energy which has to be maintained throughout with the occasional lull for a sad bit or love song, or peak for a chase scene.

Actors are often called chameleons. My own favourite chameleon was always Alec Guinness in films like Kind Hearts and Coronets and Murder by Death. Writers, on the other hand, tend to be linked to having one distinct voice. There are exceptions who successfully crossover to two or more genres or writing forms, but in general we're told to develop our writing style. This is excellent advice but should never be to the exception of trying out a different vehicle (play, prose, poetry) or genre. It won't always be a success. Poetry just isn't my cup of tea. I have tried and failed. However, I love to write plays and I'm lucky enough to be able to earn a living from doing so, but I also enjoy writing prose.

Developing a voice is a necessity for a writer but also look at the different ways in which you can apply that voice, be it poetry, blog writing or trying your hand at a novel. Your writing can only benefit.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

The August Monster

Or to be more precise, the child-filled, mostly unproductive six weeks that is the school summer holiday has taken over my life and my mind.

My normal writing routine has been replaced by trips to viking museums and desperate shopping trips where I attempt to stop the octopi that are my children from destroying the comic or sweet display at the local supermarket.

Everyone is different but for me, I need peace (i.e. children at school or at least asleep in bed) and usually to be alone to get any quality writing done. Cue many many midnight writing sessions after my husband has gone to bed to keep up with what I need to do over the holiday break.

One advantage of having so much time with my children, however, is the boost to my imagination. I think it's a mixture of being around these magically creative little people and visiting new places (i.e. the viking museum mentioned above, a train museum, a different city, couple of zoos). I have almost filled the note capacity on my mobile phone with new ideas. I just need the time now to get them written down and created.

Hopefully I can steal some time upstairs with my laptop today while my husband amuses the children in the garden. Wish me luck.