Monday 16 October - Sunday 22 October 2023
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Preamble aka Monday morning pep and vim and venthusiasm
OCTEMBER! In which we realise it’s nearly the end of the year and then we panic and try to get our heads down like super worky worky writey writerson and, much like New Year, we all set ourselves totally irrational and unachievable goals.
You know the kind of thing: “ermergerd Imma gonna write an entire novel in the next hour and aww yeah gonna win that squadsqillion pound publishing contract in my sleep and have the adoration of the world in the palm of my hands and fix climate change and unite the divided and have a statue of me with weird bronze hair in The People’s Peace Square outside the World Government building and have the first intergalactic passenger ship named after me. All by tomorrow”.
Look, that might happen. It really might. We believe in you and we’re here to support your goals. But — a gentle suggestion — clinging on white-knuckle style to your dreams and trying to force them into existence by sheer force of gritted teeth isn’t necessarily the best way forward.
As we’re taught by all great Zen masters, maybe what you really need is to chill the fuck out for five minutes.
That’s not to say you don’t have to work hard and commit to your writing, because you do. You have to get your bum on that chair even when you would rather replace your eyes with beans.
But what if you also accept that you’re going to get to the place you’re going whether you push yourself to the brink of insanity or not? What if you surrender to the grand machinations of the world, unclench the fingers that are clinging desperately to the cliff edge, and remember to use your lungs for that in-out air thing they do when you’re not in a constant state of must-overachieve-panic?
What if, right, WHAT IF! You just kind of… dissolve into your goals. Embrace them with joy and love. Ya know, rather than try to intimidate them into existence by alternately growling and yelling at them?
Idk, just a thought.
So salient points to remember:
- Chill the fuck out
- Don’t replace eyes for beans
- Everything is okay
- You’ll get there
- Keep on going
Ok? Ok. Let’s do this thang…
Gorgeous things for your eyes
7 Pumpkin Spice Vibe Short Stories For Autumn
We wrote a list! Here’s some lush cosy, creepy and downright freaky stories to get you through the rest of the month.
Read here >>
Anatomy Of A Story: When The Birds Go Quiet by Noémi Scheiring-Oláh
We loved this story so much we took it apart! Gold star members can check out this in-depth deconstruction of Noémi’s story and see how they can apply the cleverness to their own story.
Get in on this action here >>
The early bird gets the plot
There’s now only 7 early bird places left so get yourself organised and get yourself a place to bash out your novel, Plotstormy style in 2024. Including workshops, 1-1s, and other assorted writely fun.
Book your place on Plotstormers 2024 here >>
Coming up on ye olde WHQ this week
Monday 16, 10am – 11.30am
Last Advanced Journaling this year! Gold star members can come hang out with Veronique and dive deeper into your journaling practice.
Bag your place now >>
Mini Midweek Retreat
Wednesday 18, 9am – 1am
Free for all! Get your head down and get your writing out, with Anika.
Write your socks off here >>
Get Prepped For The First Draft
Thursday 19, 7pm
Free for gold star members, or there’s still places for freebs if you need a ticket. Get ready to goooooo with Jooooooo.
Put a metaphorical towel on your Zoom deckchair here >>
Brighton Writers’ Retreat
Saturday 21, 10am – 4pm
IN REAL LIFE! Come hang with Anika and Sarah and write some words and eat some pastries and it’s going to be so so so so so good. Yay!
Roll up roll up get your tickets here >>
Get Prepped For The First Draft
Saturday 21, 10am
Same as Thursday but a couple of days later.
Tickets pls! >>
An announcement about webinars
Webinars are changing! Starting from November, we’re launching an UNFEASIBLY EXCITING new webinar programme and you should probably read more about it right here.
Phew. That’s it. A whole lotta stuffs. Now stop hanging out on the internet and go write.