Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015 notes part one

These are the first part of the notes I jotted down at the workshop, more to be posted shortly-

Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015

Louise the librarian and organiser of the event introduced the first speaker.

Dave Burton Brisbane based play writer, with a soon to be released memoir. www.daveburton.com.au

dave burton bio picYes, he had a power point presentation, and with his engaging wit the time and information flowed happily.

The Writing Craft – was his topic

Dave started by saying ‘Craft’ is a dangerous word, he has taught writing and editing the overview of this talk would be:

1     manufacture an environment so you can write as to many writing is instinctive and creating that space allows you to sharpen the tools you already have

2     basic of language is important

3    self motivated discipline to allow you to write endlessly

Draw on your value and philosophies to writes from life experience, there will be trial and error and some dumb luck involved.

The main tip – SHUT UP AND DO IT!!!

Every word you write makes it better, get the writing commitment.

Dave explained that he has read many ‘Draft Zero’s’ which are the sketch, the whisper, the private conversation between the author and the page written when the writer is in the grips of an exciting idea, and the weird fairy Godmother demanded a story be written.

When the writer wants to bring it out into the cold light of day they often ask someone to read it and ask – Is this a thing?

Often the writer does get the Draft Zero done and then lets it sit in a draw.

The next main tip – KEEP GOING!!

Writing is a marathon and the biggest obstacle is yourself.