Welcome to Day 1 of the totally unofficial EWF Book Club.
Each day from today, I’ll feature each one of the pieces, in the order they appear in the EWF13 Book. I’ve invite the writers to contribute their thoughts/story behind the article… add my thoughts… and if you want, you can do the same in the comments.
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Today’s featured article is Charlotte Wood’s 7 Enviable Lines.
This piece is one of my favourite styles of ‘how to’ guides… the what I wish I knew when I started. And it’s full of fantastic insights. I could quote many more, but here are a few that really hit me right between the eyes/ears/cheekbones…
- “Confidence is a decision, it will come when you decide to have it.”
- “Allow your writing to expose your shameful ordinariness, your dull suburban heart, your fear, your humanity.”
- “It is dangerous to live too much inside your head…. Grow a garden, build a wall…”
- “Criticism…. Don’t justify or explain or defend – listen”
- “Criticism…. Ask yourself do I need encouragement or the truth? If its the former, wait and keep working.”
NB: Charlotte sends her apologies – she would have liked to join in the discussion today but she’s currently right up against a deadline.
So, what did you get out of 7 Enviable lines? Please – hit the comments below!
Come back from 9am tomorrow and we’ll discuss this piece…
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