Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Poems - KELLAND * STREET * CROSSLEY * ASH

Poems - KELLAND * STREET * CROSSLEY * ASH

Write-Place Blog Spot: Practice Gigs for Writers

Write-Place Blog Spot: Practice Gigs for Writers: "I have just been listening to the comedian Michael Mcintyre talking about his On The Road tours. He has gone from selling one ticket at Edin..."

Practice Gigs for Writers

I have just been listening to the comedian Michael Mcintyre talking about his On The Road tours. He has gone from selling one ticket at Edinburgh to sell out performances with audiences of thousands. Getting to where his career is today and preparing for these shows obviously takes a lot of work and knockbacks and hasn't been easy.
So how do you present your work to so many people in the hope that at least the majority appreciate it ?
Mackintyre does practice gigs, starting with as little as 15 people and working up to larger audiences until he has a show he is happy with  and knows is worth putting out to "the masses".


I wonder if this is feasible for writers and if it's any different from asking for critiques from "professionals". There are book and poetry readings but these are usually after the book/poetry is complete.  And listening to something read aloud is very different to reading it yourself. Maybe if we had audiences reading during the process of our writing we might have a better sense of what works and what doesn't. 


I am starting small. 
I have an audience of two dogs for this morning's jottings and it's going well, so far. Think I might do the gig tomorrow with an increase in readership - next door but one's cat is looking attentively at me as I write. 
Watch this space - which hopefully won't stay a space for too long.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Too private, too public or just right ?

"I could write a biography about me. But all the things I 'liked' and all the groups I joined already told my story "

Someone just sent me this from a website called "Likelicious", where people post a little piece about what they like (hence the name ) The posts are anonymous.
Made me think that yes, that could almost be me yet I do enjoy this "networking " game, time wasting/consuming though it is. I am a talker - whether verbally or written (though on a bad day I am more comprehensible when writing than talking and on a really bad day I am just completely incomprehensible!)
I am the person who you tell your life story to during twenty minutes in the doctors waiting room - and you will hear a good bit about mine too, though we will probably never meet again.
Good or bad for me ? Good or bad for you ? Where do you fit onto this scale of public v private ?

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Write-Place Blog Spot: Catching the Mood

Write-Place Blog Spot: Catching the Mood: "I've done more writing on doing anything but writing than your average procrastinator but this is a final one (for now) before I get started..."

Catching the Mood

I've done more writing on doing anything but writing than your average procrastinator but this is a final one (for now) before I get started, as there's not much of the day left (but I have been thinking) I am planning to catch the mood - that is, mine and the subject's. I have been chasing "the mood" for months now but somehow today it seems to have decelerated in it's escape and I HAVE IT.


The project is this : to write using Stewart's work as a base. It is not an original idea to use one art form as a base for another (if it is I copyright it here and now) but it is unique to me in that I know the artist personally. I have written stuff and used his artwork as a background on paper but not as yet, for the inspiration. We have all been expected at some time in school to paint from a still life set up or a "famous" artist's print. Good for technique and practising using materials I would think, though I am not and never will be skilled at drawing. But most artist's say that working from real life models is more satisfying and productive than from pictures or photographs ( I am interested to know what you artists out there think on that) My interpretation of mixed media.


So, my theory is that if I write from the immediate, which I have seen being produced, then the result will be more realistic. That's the idea anyway. 
Don't send thoughts on a postcard or I will be tempted to write not about the picture on it, but about the person who sent it and why they chose it. Send them to this blog - but check first to see if I am in the right mood.
Thanks.