so, you want to be a writer? It’s NaNoWriMo time


Let me start by saying, I have absolutely no plans to write a novel. I don’t have the patience.

Although I love words, and work with them daily, but am ultimately the evil editor type rather than the whimsical wordsmith type.

As a journalist, I’ve done my share of writing and re-writing, but have always hankered for honest-to-goodness writing that occurs in a mythical spot where a typewriter sits on a wooden desk in minimalist surrounds, facing a window, steaming cup of something nearby and piles of notes, papers and pens scattered around.

And this is why I’m such a sucker for anything that mentions famous writers, their process, their favourite drinks or their writing habits.

And I also love information hoarding and when I saw the other day a mention of National Novel Writing Month, it seemed the opportune time to roll out the words on writing I’ve been hoarding for the better part of six months.

Here’s a tip: Big Huge Labs have a cool, simple writing interface here ~ for all those times you are feeling wordy ~ or try one of these

There are lots of written words on writing, and writers. So as we head into #NaNoWriMo, a few tips on writing from writers.

So from all those words on writing, I’ve narrowed it to three tips on how to be a writer.

You need some quirk.

Kerouac liked scrolling his work, Joyce used crayons, Woolf like to stand, Steinbeck always had 12 sharpened pencils on his desk and Capote wouldn’t start or finish a work on a Friday. What’s your quirk?

Make sure you have a routine.

First thing in the morning, after a cup of tea, lighting a candle, waiting on the moon. It’s all in the timing. Or perhaps try one of these creative routines.

You need a signature drink

Hemingway was a fan of mojitos, F. Scott Fitzgerald a gin rickey. What’s your poison?

Further reading:

Are you attempting NaNoWriMo?  Do you have a novel in you? Or perhaps just a short story?


seeds // small talk versus conversation


This is one of those phrases that sums up introvertness for me.

I can happily partake in conversation but small talk with strangers I can easily avoid.

I can happily lead training sessions on subjects I’m passionate about it but not one to idly chat in the foyer to a distant colleague.

I can easily ring a stranger with my business hat on to chat about their passion.

But I prefer a quiet dinner to a rousing party and a text over a phone call.

One of the myths about introverts is that they are shy and this is not necessarily true. One of my “introverted” friends works in customer service and is exceptional at it.

We’re just not up for the chit chat.

How about you? Small talk or conversation?

via The Good Vibe

throwback Thursday // that pin looks familiar

RIP Steve Jobs


I’m pulling one from the archives today for two reasons. First I stayed up too late watching the lunar eclipse last night [photos coming], but am short on sleep and time this morning, and second, this image above has had something of a revival.

I saw it on Pinterest the other day and thought, “gee that looks familiar, wonder if it’s one of mine”. It’s the tildes around the name at the bottom, I got into the habit years ago of using them in place of hyphens, particularly with all things Lime Lane. [I literally have to stop myself using them in work situations.]

So I finally clicked on a pin and sure enough it took me to my own Flickr page. There’s a little thrill as a blogger to find something they’ve created still getting traction three years later!

The original was first posted here and was part of my 2011 blogtoberfest collection. And is as timely now as it is then.

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