Dave Burton Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th March 2015

These are the first part of the writing notes I jotted down from ‘Writers Block Workshop, Robina Library, 9th May 2015′ ©Jill Smith

Louise the librarian and organiser of the event introduced the first speaker.

Dave Burton Brisbane based play writer, with a soon to be released memoir.

Yes, he had a power point presentation, and with his engaging wit the time and information flowed happily.

The Writing Craft – was his topic

dave burton bio picDave started by saying ‘Craft’ is a dangerous word, he has taught writing and editing the overview of this talk would be:

1     manufacture an environment so you can write as to many writing is instinctive and creating that space allows you to sharpen the tools you already have

2     basic of language is important

3    self motivated discipline to allow you to write endlessly

Draw on your value and philosophies to writes from life experience, there will be trial and error and some dumb luck involved.

The main tip – SHUT UP AND DO IT!!!

Every word you write makes it better, get the writing commitment.

Dave explained that he has read many ‘Draft Zero’s’ which are the sketch, the whisper, the private conversation between the author and the page written when the writer is in the grips of an exciting idea, and the weird fairy Godmother demanded a story be written.

When the writer wants to bring it out into the cold light of day they often ask someone to read it and ask – Is this a thing?

Often the writer does get the ‘Draft Zero’ done and then lets it sit in a draw.

The next main tip – KEEP GOING!!

Writing is a marathon and the biggest obstacle is yourself.

There is lots more to come but this is the start. For more about Dave Burton go to www.daveburton.com.au

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About jillswrites

I am a writer of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world'. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. Several of my short stories appear in a collaborative book for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales written in conjunction with my fellow members of The Ten Penners, this was a follow-up book to 'Shock, Horror, Gasp'. Fan-tas-tic-al Tales was released in 2009, now available in hard copy and on Amazon. We are currently in the completing our next adventure based anthology called 'Mystery, Mayhem & Magic' scheduled for release later in 2017. As a member of BookCoasters the Gold Coast Library blog, complementing my own blog, I enjoy blog being able to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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