The creative life can seem like tackling one hill climb after another. Some times you can be trudging, almost crawling, up the steep ascent of Pen-y-Ghent; others, it's the long old haul along the vast ankle-grabbing limestone pavements of Ingleborough. You might see breathtaking vistas or sheeting rain on Whernside - then wrap your hands around a pint pot of tea at Horton-in-Ribblesdale in celebration.
You'd never tackle the Three Peaks alone - and I'd recommend teaming up with other writers and illustrators in your creative journeys. If you're on the tops, experiencing the highs of the creative life, it's good to share your knowledge. Put an article up on your blog - or Words & Pictures, help others by volunteering, say for the Conference - and if you have a reason to rejoice, let everyone know. [We even have a special Celebrations spot for this!] It can really encourage others.
|Mass Book Launch 2014 c/o Candy Gourlay|
- Ask for help - someone will know.
- Find advice - we have absolute heaps.
- Accept support - it thrills the giver, you know.
|Molly the Mountain Rescue Dog knows just how to help|
|Sugary treats optional|
In your work-in-progress, do you have anything collective? Is there some larger event for your character to join in?
- a hockey game- they could play - or support the team with drinks and snacks
- putting on a show - are they a performer or behind the scenes?
- preparing a feast - will they get stuck in or hang back, overawed?
Ensemble pieces also heighten the drama. Everyone involved shares in the success - or the failure. And if you give the group a tough challenge, how much more joy in the completion for the reader or viewer? Pop a communal scene in and see if it brings more depth to your story.
|The Railway by William Powell Frith photo credit: Royal Holloway, University of London|
Written by K. M. Lockwood , who keeps a blog and twitters rather too much.