Archive for July, 2015

July Scriptorium

9th July 2015 by Maura McHugh

Cheers! James and Fred at Furey's Pub...

The next WGI Scriptorium is on from 7pm on Thursday, 16 July in Mulligans, Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2.

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people”.
Thomas Mann
“A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it.”
Don DeLillo

What strategies do you employ to drag those words from your brain onto the page? Maybe you’re writing in a cork-lined room like Proust, drinking up to 50 cups of coffee a day like Balzac, or maybe you like to emulate Hugo and have your servant strip you naked until you’ve finished your writing work for the day? Or perhaps you just fancy meeting up with a bunch of savvy scribes? Escape the dreaded white page (or white screen) for an hour or two with what cynics might call pure procrastination. We call it getting inspiration, and what better way to get inspiration than to do it with other writers; you can mark it down in your diary as a business-related conference if you like. No one will know. (Except yourself of course but that’s exactly the kind of philosophical-psychological matter we need to discuss).

Talking about writing is indubitably the next best thing to writing (pencil-sharpening and checking the thesaurus notwithstanding). Chat amongst your sistren and brethren about what you’re writing, or what you’re not writing, or what you really should be writing if you weren’t at this very important meeting.

You might agree with Camus, that “The purpose of a writer is to keep civilisation from destroying itself.” You might not. This, and the careful dissection of other famous writers’ quotes, will form part of the very serious and urgent agenda of the Scriptorium. No need to RSVP as we’re busy looking up writers’ quotes here.