Process – Keeping the engine stoked in the day to day of writing
Creative processes are as various as the authors who write. Atwood, for example, just starts writing and doesn’t worry about mapping it out, John Irving starts with the ending, Carol Shields started with a span of time in a character’s life, I start with a theme I want to explore. Finding your process, or rather a quiver of processes for different stages and obstacles along the way, is key to long term success in writing. This workshop will explore the variety of processes of different authors, examine the benefits and downsides of each, and help participants broaden their strategies for meeting the inevitable obstacles involved in completing a finished, polished piece. What can you change and what is simply how your mind works? What keeps the creative fires burning, that quick feeling when you know you’re onto something, as opposed to just getting from one scene to the next? How to deal with procrastination, perfectionism, avoidance, being blocked? Format: there will be exercises.
Level: Accessible to beginners, but more for general or master class.