I’ve been thinking lots about writing again after hosting a round table about writing at Blog On conference last weekend. So I thought today I would share some video inspiration from two bloggers who turned their blogs into books, share some of my favourite tips on that old chestnut, ‘finding your voice’ and talk notebooks.
Have a notebook
I came away from Blog On with some fab notebooks in my goody bag. The tiny silver cased one in the pic above, from the wonderful conference venue, the Museum of Science and Industry, is perfect for my handbag. I wish I had taken the whole family with me, the museum looked so hands on and fun.
The mock iPad ‘Notpad’ is going to live on my desk. The other place I love a notebook is by my bed, so I can empty thoughts, to dos and ideas before I sleep and as I wake. I also keep notes on my phone. The more you keep a notebook the more you train your brain to have the kind of ideas you need for writing, whether it is novels, speeches or blog posts, and the less chance of losing the most amazing ideas too. Helen from Actually Mummy keeps a list of blog posts to write on a whiteboard above her desk.
Becky from A Beautiful Space gave me a beautiful Paperchase notebook. She told me I have to get on with writing my proposal for Little Legacy – The Art of Memory Keeping in it. I love the way it is patchwork, perfect for writing about legacies! How wonderful to have someone like Becky encouraging you.
At Blog On I talked about spider diagrams a lot, this is the one I mentioned, which took me away from the current state of the garden and into some much more exciting ideas, laden with sensory details. I know when I start writing about things I can smell, see, hear, feel or taste and not just ideas, that I am onto a good idea.
I love brainstorms because they take you into your subconscious and away from the most obvious ideas. Jane at Northern Mum rightly recommended a glass of wine and time away for writer’s block, so I was pleased to find the bottle of Jacob’s Creek in my conference goody bag. Wine and notebooks are two great ways to free your subconscious mind.
More on tapping into the subconscious next time though! Do you have a notebook?
Blog to Book
There is no one better than a published author to tell you how it can be done! So meet Rachael Lucas whose book Sealed with a Kiss is out in the shops on Thursday – can’t wait to buy my copy. Hear from Nadine Hill who has written two books, one about being a virtual PA, the other ‘I Don’t have Time to Write‘. Their top tips really made me think.
Finding your voice
Advice about writing is always contrary, more so with writing blogs. Our online ‘voices’ are constantly evolving, and we all lose focus occasionally. When I get lost, which I do lots, I have a few simple approaches to finding my voice that I come back to time and time again.
1: Be yourself. When you attempt to be something you’re not, it often come across as just that. I often stumble on others people’s blogs and get so lost in how amazing they are, so My top tip would be, learn from others, but be true to yourself too, there is room for so many voices online….
…You can read the other nine top tips over at Mothers and Shakers (ignore the strike through, this link still works)
What are your top writing tips?