It’s nearing Christmas and in the Pigfender house that makes it a time for celebration. And what better way to celebrate than by buying stuff for the writer in your life… especially if the writer in your life is you! Like last year’s list, the aim is to include items that would be of interest to a writer, but which are perhaps a little less “direct”. I hope it inspires you to share a little love this holiday season.
In keeping with pigfender.com’s No Shenanigans ethos(A), I have (somewhat refreshingly for this kind of article) provided all ten items on a single page rather than make you click through a dozen pages and twice as many adverts just to find out what the number one gift is(B).
The basic selection criteria for the gifts has been that they must meet or enrich one of the basic needs of someone who enjoys writing. And, yes, from my discussions with others who enjoy the craft, procrastination is most definitely a basic need. Continue reading
I once wrote the following on the practice of making a list and calling it an article:
The problem I have with these sort of articles is the same problem I have with some of my own early efforts at writing: It’s not so much about writing as a transcription of bad stand up. You know, where the writer has sat down and brainstormed every possible idea on a single theme and then decided which order to write them in, and then written them. So you end up with dialogue that reads like two amateur comedians on an open mike night saying every single joke they can think of on the subject of, say, airline food… By all means go through the brainstorm process to produce a list of eleven funny things to say about airline food. Just don’t include them all. Pick the funniest / best and just use that one.
Well, it’s a new year, so I’m allowed to break my own rules. Happy New Year. May 2013 be one filled with happiness and all that.
New Year is also the time when a lot of us take the opportunity to do a bit of spring cleaning, whether literally or just in tidying up our acts a bit. So to help you on your way, here is a list of ten things I brainstormed and then failed to edit that I’m buying myself to make the writing life a bit better and fresher, and reinvigorate the creative process. Continue reading