This week I took myself away for a short but sweet writing retreat. I'm working on the second draft of a novel for 8 - 12 year olds and after having the first draft professionally critiqued last year I've been struggling to find time to dedicate to writing. Four days in wonderful Copenhagen helped me to focus. It's such a beautiful city and it was great to feel like an international student writing in cafes and restaurants. I really recommend the following lovely places to write...
I really enjoyed this video from the brilliant website The Pool with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her friend and collaborator Vicky Jones. Phoebe's writing is so sharp and vivid and the chat reminded how much I love collaborating with other creative folks. I've been co-writing a comedy script with a friend of mine for several years. The project is on-going but it's already taught me a lot. Mainly that writing comedy is HARD. But also that when you get a line right and you get the laugh, it's absolutely brilliant.
"The way I learned it was just by watching with a really obsessive eye..."
I love Mindy Kaling and found this brief interview snippet this week about how she started comedy writing. My friend and I have been writing a sitcom script for about seven years. It's a project we always come back to, trying different ways to improve our writing and to share it with others... I love hearing about how people's passion for their creativity stays with them from childhood and eventually breaks through.
"I wish I knew where the idea came from... It just fell from my head. The first thing I saw was Harry..."
This interview came up as a memory on Facebook for me this week. It's a wonderful insight into J.K. Rowling's writing process and a peek at how children feel about the books. I have written the first draft of my first children's novel and am starting to send it out to agents so feel on the cusp of an adventure. The first thing I saw was my main character quietly sitting, observing. He was so clear to me. It feels so lovely to know this is how J.K. Rowling started too. It's amazing how creativity allows us to share the magic in our minds.
Click on the image below to hear the interview. I took the photo in the East End of London, somehow it makes me think of something you might see in Diagon Alley.
Perfect advice from J.K. Rowling. Exactly what I do when my writing goes awry.