11:45. Not feeling that great at the moment, perhaps partly due to all the work I’ve had to catch up on (which is due to my own procrastination and negligence in bureaucratic and other areas, the past while). Also, certain aspects of quarantine begin to wear thick. (Recent knocking on wood appears to have backfired. ;))
However, physically we are well enough, the kids are doing all right with their school work and other projects, and today the weather is lovely, so no complaints. Hope you are all ok, out there, too.
While dealing with many long-neglected email inboxes this morning, I’ve found some uplifting writing tidbits from random newsletters I was subscribed to, and thought I would share a couple of them here with you. (As you’ve probably noticed by now, I’m usually hesitant to dole out concrete advice myself, but happy enough to pass others’ along. ;))
I heartily agree with the following:
“How to stay upbeat during lockdown: It’s a shock to hear you can’t do the things you take for granted, like meeting family and friends, going to the cinema, leaving the house when you want. But there’s still a lot you can do. Writing really is therapeutic, a way to express hopes, dreams and fears. A way to put a smile on your face. A memoir of a certain time. A friend.” ~ The Bridport Prize newsletter, 25 March, 2020
“You must allow yourself to write for writing’s sake. To be messy with it, to spill over and make mistakes and to be angry and to be sad and to be irreverent, to create imperfectly. And, you must allow yourself not to write. To rest, observe, dream, and focus on what keeps you grounded. On your purpose. Because to understand who you are, and what makes you feel happy, as well as what motivates you, puts you in a better position from which to write authentically.” ~ The Bridport Prize newsletter, 1 April, 2020
Side note #1: The Bridport Prize for poetry, short stories, flash fictions and novels is open yearly, to international contestants, until May 31.
A total of about £20K offered in prizes, and the entry fee is low (between £9 and £20, depending on which category). Why not try? Worst you can do is fail… then, of course… dust yourself off, and try, try again. :))
Side note #2: The yearly Canadian creative writing contest: The CBC Poetry Prize just opened again. Submit until May 31, 2020, same as the Bridport Prize. You have to be a Canadian Citizen or a Permanent Resident of Canada, for this one; and the fee is on the high side, at C$25, though, like the Bridport, the prizes are also high.
Whether or not you qualify to enter, you can sign up for their writing tips newsletter which starts mailing again tomorrow, Sunday, April 5. “Three times a week, every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday until the prize closes, CBC Books will send you writing tips and inspiration from successful writers, and answer your burning questions about the CBC Literary Prizes.” (Click here, then navigate to the bottom of the page, to sign up for the CBC Books newsletter, if you like.)
Sending writerly love, and virtual hugs,
p.s. I hope to try to catch up on blog-reading soon! But for once I am not prioritizing it 😉 … so please bear with me, during this time of blogausterity. :))
Nadine inhales & exhales words & images from current vantage point in Auvergne, France. Thank you for reading. ❤︎