This blogpost has been giving me problems for a few days now and I’m honestly not sure why the formatting seems to go batty. However, I’ve decided to let it be, and I’m setting it free (erm, live) so make of it what you will.
I’ve just watched this TED talk by Andrew Stanton. It’s pretty remarkable. He’s the guy who has just done John Carter but who also worked on WALL-E and Finding Nemo and others. Do give this talk a listen, especially if you are a writer, established, new or thinking about it.
I try and watch at least one TED talk a day now, since Graham Marks introduced me to them. I’ve on the back of these talks re-thought the way I write, the way I think and see the world. These talks and lectures are only small snippets, but they are hugely inspiring and I do enjoy them.
Mark and I attended this talk by Sarwat Chadda and Steve Feasey on World Book Day and it was so much fun. Hosted by Dulwich Books, we got to sit and listen to the two lads riff off each other about writing. First though, the audience all had to introduce themselves and say where they were in their paths / quest of becoming a published writer. And one girl introduced herself and said something like: I’ve been thinking about writing something. I think I’ve always thought about writing something. But I don’t know where to start. Because I want my writing to be good. And I worry that it won’t be.
This comment was generally echoed amongst the others attending the talk and I have to say, it really shocked me. It genuinely never occurred to me that this is something others would struggle with. But then I remembered, way back when, that yes, this was my problem too. More so when I didn’t own a computer, growing up, and all I did have was the blank page. It is incredibly intimidating, but I think once you overcome that fear and you bleed all over a page…it’s a bit magic.
Both Sarwat and Steve threw their hands up and sat down and spoke quite honestly, directly and with much vigour, about how important it is to just write. About anything. And they then went on to explain how they managed to do their own writing – the one being a plotter and the other being a pantser, the one working to deadlines and word-targets, and the other again, working towards a less structured goal.
It was such a great evening, I came away hugely inspired. I think the majority of people there had been given a lot of food for thought. And cleverly, what Dulwich Books did, they gave away “goody bags” and they had clearly thought about this and given all attendees copies of the Children’s Writers and Artists Yearbook 2012. Now that is clever AND progressive – I wholeheartedly approved.