Where I’ve been writing recently

It’s been a busy few months in my writing world, with the first draft of a new play due at the end of September and a few freelance commissions. I also attended a fantastic two-day Feature Writing masterclass with Anna Krien and had the pleasure of hosting a seminar about publishing with Jacinta di Mase and Rochelle Fernandez.

Below is a list of a few new publications I’ve racked up, for those who want to follow along.

The Cusp:

How To Take A Headshot When You Can’t Afford To Pay A Professional

Skills I Gained From My First Few (Not So Great) Jobs

Five Things I Switched Out To Afford Working Only Three Days A Week

How To Maintain Your Friendships In Your 20s

How To Take Olympic Inspiration And Use It For Motivation In Your Life

Writing Queensland: Track finances now – Avoid pain later

The Writers Bloc: What Even Is A Mentor?

 

What have you been writing lately?

Changing perspectives

This week, I’ve started work on a new play, the idea for which has been slowly germinating for the past few years. It’s exciting to start work on a project that I’ve thought about for a long time, but when I sat down to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard as it may be) I realised that I was still stuck on the outside of the idea, looking in.

While I know the concept I want to explore, and that the stage is the right place to explore it, I don’t yet have my story or characters. Without these to act as vessels, I’m unable to wander any further into the ideas I want to end up sharing in the script. I feel like a pirate standing on the shore, able to see with my spyglass the endless waters with their potential for new booty and undiscovered land, but no boat to get me there. And by my beard, it doesn’t feel good.

Luckily, I’ve picked up some tricks for getting out of these kinds of sticking points. Instead of entering into the idea in the way I thought I would or using the type of character I’d always envisioned, it’s time to look at the idea from a new perspective.

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Looking out through the Art Deco windows of City Hall.

Last weekend I visited Brisbane’s City Hall with my friend Jami, where we took a little tour to learn about the building’s history and architecture. One of the best parts of the tour was heading right up into the clock tour and peering back down on our city below. Buildings we knew at street level looked like tiny toys, especially Albert St Church, where Jami is going to be getting married in August!

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Looking out through the Art Deco windows of City Hall.
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Looking out through the Art Deco windows of City Hall.

There’s something refreshing about seeing things so familiar in a whole new way, and that’s the approach I’ll be taking with my play, too. The ideas I’ve had floating around my head and journals need a refresh, so it’s out with the old and in with some new ways of thinking about this play. I’ll be throwing any and all ideas at it this week, until I see what sticks best.

Do you find a new perspective helps clear your mind of stale ideas?