21Mar

Authorative Discourse Over Dinner At a Writing Retreat

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We all possess a voice that has been internalised. This probably happened a very long time ago and you can probably remember very clearly what those voices said to you. ‘You can’t do that; no one in our family has…
21Mar

Jane Johnson The Sultan’s Wife – looking at novel openings

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I have just begun to read an historical novel entitled, ‘The Sultan’s Wife by Jane Johnson. The front cover states, ‘Imagine the darkest Arabian Tale combined with Tremain’s glorious Restoration.’  Well, with that kind of promise it was a ‘no…
21Mar

Your Own Writing Retreat

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How To Take 10 Minutes From The Day Nothing scares me quite so much as the thought of being put in front of a blank white wall and told to meditate. I would end up like a four year old…
21Mar

Optimism, writing and TED talks

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If you were feeling a bit down about the progress of your work, perhaps you might like to watch this: http://www.ted.com/talks/tali_sharot_the_optimism_bias.html?utm_source=newsletter_weekly_2012-05-15&utm_campaign=newsletter_weekly&utm_medium=email It’s a beautifully sunny day in Portugal and the weather this week has been 37 degrees C -phew!
21Mar

Cause Or Effect ?

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We all blame a multitude of things for our inability to start, continue or finish writing creatively. I think I have heard and uttered them all myself: ‘You can’t expect me to switch ideas on and off, I’m not a…
21Mar

Beginner’s Luck – Perjorative comment of the year!

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I Spit on Beginner’s Luck! The term ‘beginner’s luck’ can be one of the most hurtful and disparaging, often said in a moment of envy by someone who has plenty of experience and is often miffed by a newcomer’s success.…
21Mar

How Time And Emotion Affect Creativity

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Life in the Writing Retreat Is Regulated By The Church Clock On The Hill. Woe betide any writer or artists  who sleeps in after 7am or stays up after 10pm!!! Working without the strictures associated with office practice (running a…
14Mar

Finding Inspiration On A Writing Retreat In Central Portugal

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It’s not all about writing but about creativity and action –going walking in the Portuguese landscape combined both! The writing retreat comes alive with a dash of sunshine The writing retreat is just beginning to come alive. Today is the…
14Mar

Perspective, narrative arch, whatever you call it, think about it the writers retreat suggests

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Why is perspective so important, not only in fiction? I treated myself to a DVD ( I still buy them you know, can’t help it!) and settled down on Friday evening after a tough week’s work to watch ‘The Other Boleyn…
14Mar

Looking for a plot? Then try the Writing Retreat Portugal Top 10 plot generating tips.

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The writing retreat top 10 plot generating tips are a few suggestons for exploring and playing with plot construction . ‘Six characters In Search Of An Author’ is a play written by Pirandello in 1921 and outlines the relationship between authors, their characters…