SpineOut : October 2010
Mark Leach is an author who likes to set records. His free e-book, Marienbad My Love, is 17 million words long. Is this the world’s longest novel? He claims to have set records for the world’s longest word (4.4 million letters), longest English sentence (3 million words) and longest book title, including the subtitle (6,931 words). The last word might lie with Guinness World Records, who are yet to acknowledge his claims. Copyright © October 2010 Good Reading Magazine Pty Ltd write start Your Writing Habits It’s important if you want to be a writer that you start with good habits. Here are a few basic ones that will help settle you into a productive routine. Setting aside a specific time each day for writing is important. You don’t have to write for many hours – it might be only 30 minutes a day. Always keep a small notebook with you. Often you’ll find that wonderful ideas pop into your head at any time of the day. It might be a new storyline or a picture of how you’d like one of your characters to appear. Having a notebook will enable you to jot these ideas down and refer to them for inspiration. Find a place you love to write – s omewhere that inspires you but doesn’t distract you. Give yourself time to reflect on your writing. Go for a walk, surf the net, listen to music, watch TV. Let your mind wander and think over your story, what your characters are doing, and how they would react to certain situations. Get an independent view of your writing. Sometimes friends and family find it difficult to give you an honest assessment of what you’ve written as they worry about hurting your feelings. Find someone who will provide you with positive criticism, and tell you what they think worked and what didn’t. Keep a log of your story and characters. You can refer back to this constantly during your writing. Write down your characters names and their traits. Make sure that a tall character doesn’t get shorter as your story progresses! Keep a journal of your writing experience. How many words do you write each day? Your successes and frustrations? How did you feel that day? Any great ideas? What did you decide to change? This will make fascinating reading in the future. Select a journal that allows you to move pages around. That way you can keep the details of your story in order and easily add to them. Give yourself a deadline. This will help you reach your goals. Hey! My name is Aaron Welsh and I am a singer/ songwriter currently living in Sydney. I’ve been involved in a few bands and musical projects over the past few years but these days I just go under my name. I studied songwriting in Sydney and officially released a folky/pop EP earlier in the year entitled Paperback Mind. The following tips show what keeps my creativity flowing in writing, but can easily be applied to any area of the arts. Hope it helps! Song writing tipS: 1 Write all of the time, whenever you have the chance. Songwriting falls under the category of ‘what you put in is what you get back’. If for every five or six songs you write, you come across one really good song then isn’t it worth churning out as many creative ideas as possible to find the gold? Write poems, stories, scripts – just get that pen moving! 2 Learn an instrument, and learn other people’s songs. If you’ve ever played ‘Wonderwall’ by Oasis you’ll know just how basic the song-form of a hit can be. Focus on the hook ‘and after all, you’re my wonder wall ...’ and apply that idea to your song. Your hook is the part of the song that gets stuck in people’s heads. So go fishing for that hook. 3 Allow yourself to be influenced by other artists. Absorb as many styles of music as you can and you’ll find that the music that comes out from you will have elements of all of these contrasting styles, delivered uniquely through your experiences. Your unique sound will be the sum of all your musical influences. check out the challenge Want to see your Work published? We publish a selection of submissions in each issue. We’d love to hear from you! it’s easy, i write the SongS Aaron Welsh read more click here A:TennesseeWilliams. Q: Which playwright choked to death on a medicine bottle cap?