Proust on cliches and light

Proust on cliches and light

Proust on cliches and light. What’s with all the fuss about using clichés in creative writing? I had the opportunity recently to read Alain de Botton’s How Proust Can Change Your Life – an amusing yet utilitarian text which encourages both the reading of Proust and finding the time to do so, no mean task. I hit upon a passage about why clichés are discouraged by writing teachers the world over. …
Creative writing: its significance to me

Creative writing: its significance to me

The significance of creative writing to me It arrived in the mail last week, a hand-written envelope in familiar writing. Ripping it open, I began reading: Dear Therese, I am writing to remind you of what Shubavuha said. ‘Your life is a canvas with limited space. What do you want on the canvas of your life?' ... Each week I look forward to Fridays when I catch up with everyone in the Sydney Writers Circle meetup to share my work and listen to others who have the same passion as myself, creative writing. …
Writing of the Week Upanishads

Writing of the Week Upanishads

Writing of the Week Upanishads In a recent meet up of our Sydney School of Arts & Humanities Friday creative writing group, the writing prompt set for members to limber up word-wise for 10-minutes was: ‘There are many truths. Each truth comes from the eye of the observer.’ Here is the response from a new […]

3 tips from NaNoWriMo 2017

3 tips from NaNoWriMo 2017

It’s December – and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is over for another year. Having written 50,000 words in November, the mind and body are in need a bit of a break. I’ve taken part in Nanowrimo a number of times and found it an incredibly rigorous, inspiring, exhausting and valuable experience. Here are my […]

Purpose in writing

Purpose in writing

Having purpose in writing Is there anything as intrinsic to writing than purpose? Yet so many of us forget why we’ve started a story, we lose track and motivation, perhaps beguiled by characters or waylaid by a complex plot. Then there’s grammar and punctuation to watch out for … oh heavens, even the simplest words […]

Sex Writing of the Week

Sex Writing of the Week

Sex. Lately it has been about sex. I sat at a high tea on the weekend - my sisters birthday - a sister I don’t see very often, who had invited the whole cavalcade of cousins within our family, all females, and provided us with a blistering view of the harbour, the beauty and activity of which clustered outside the huge glass plate windows for us to delectate. …
Poems Yonder See the Morning Blink

Poems Yonder See the Morning Blink

Poems Yonder See the Morning Blink There are as many ways of writing as there are writers - and this week we have a reflection by one of our writers on how she mindfully plunged into the task of writing on the prompt for the week. The 10 minute writing exercise at SSOA was set by the convenor Aviva Lowy, who offered the classic poem 'Yonder See the Morning Blink'* by A E  Housman as the inspiration for our writers. Helen Ameisen's response was a remarkably thoughtful and well-constructed poem: …