I'm writing this with a Lemsip in the mug on my desk instead of the usual tea. My voice has almost disappeared bar an occasional croak. Fun for my class this morning; they all had to pay special attention.
There's lots of common writing ailments that we all suffer from and unlike physical illness that present obvious symptoms, they can often present with nothing more than a feeling of disenchantment or malaise. Something's not right but without diagnosis, how do you know what remedy to take?
You can see where I'm going with this.
It's a sweet coincidence that I'm ill at the same time as suggesting to all of you out there with writing ailments that you should come along to the writer's surgery. Think of Sophie and myself as literary Lemsips.
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There was something about the comfortable posture of this cat and the way she was outlined against the wall that demanded a photo. Besides the title of this blog pinged into my mind there and then. But should it have been 'a hot bin lid'? Hmm. Titles are very serendipitous and it's worth keeping a title alarm ticking all the time. A passing comment or a headline can lead to a title. They can arise out of a story or provide the impulse to write one. They signpost the reader to the content. Sometimes the title can be the best thing about a story, rather like this cat perched on top of lots of rubbish. If she hadn't been there, I wouldn't have taken the photo.
Perhaps finding a title isn't your problem but deciding where to begin your story is. I've cropped this photo because it had too much wall and not enough cat to begin with. It can be the same with writing. What should go and what should stay? Sometimes advice from a professional is required.
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