Day 1: Charlotte Wood

Welcome to Day 1 of the totally unofficial EWF Book Club.

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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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About Gabe McGrath

Freelance writer, radio creative, retro gamer and a dad. Gabe's writing has appeared in Wired.co.uk , My Child, Retro Gamer, Crikey.com.au , Huggies.com.au & more. Editor in Chief of JustOneMoreGame
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10 Responses to Day 1: Charlotte Wood

  1. Edwina Shaw says:

    All great tips. I’m especially enamoured of embracing our awful ordinariness. Our own pathetic truths are valuable. I’m also a firm believer in getting out of our heads. We writers, and let’s face it, most of the modern world, spend way too much time thinking we’re human computers. Actually folks, we’re bodies! And bodies love to move. Not only does movement help conquer writers’ stoop and deathly pallor, it allows different portals for inspirations to open..

    • Gabe McGrath says:

      Yes the ‘physical’ is easy to forget amongst the “Retweets”, “comments” and so on.

      I felt more alive this morning sitting in a beachside cafe watching a group of whales AND dolphins breaching than I have all day working on the PC.

      PS: Love your phrase ‘deathly pallor’ !

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  3. Sam Ryan says:

    “‘It is doubt which alone can make us probe and glimpse the depth of consciousness’. On the other hand, stop romanticising self-doubt.”

    On the very first page, wisdom that resonates deeply and advice that keeps a great truth in check.

    Fantastic piece..

    • Gabe McGrath says:

      Oh yes Sam… ‘doubt’.

      Tonnes of it here, and whilst I don’t romanticise it at all, it does frequently cloud my vision.

      Hence initiatives like this ’36 days’ thing which are my attempt to do more, interact more, and boost my self-confidence a little.

      Thanks for joining the discussion. Pass the Tim-Tams will you? 🙂

  4. Zohra says:

    Hi Gabe,

    Interesting article with these contradictions. Just goes to show the fine lines we must walk with our work! I like what she says about reviews. Also the part about one’s books. A bit like Kahlil Gibran’s lines about one’s children not bring extensions of oneself.
    Best piece of advice though us not living inside ones head too much! So easy to do!

    • Gabe McGrath says:

      Yes, the I liked the thoughts on ‘reviews’ too. Will have to file that away until I need it – aka – “Get that damn book project done, so people can actually ‘review’ it.”

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  6. Belinda Weaver says:

    Great piece Charlotte. I agree that confidence, like many things, is a decision. I also value the advice to walk, garden, build a wall – some of the best thoughts come when the body is busy and the mind is free to wander. Dickens walked miles every day and his output speaks for itself.

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