Elizabeth B., Jan, Morag and Maggie travelled across to York for Defence against the Dark Arts, Nick David’s interpretation of how to overcome the dreaded writer’s block.
The well attended workshop in the upstairs room of the Brigantes Bar and Brasserie in Micklegate focussed on four main strategies to combat the block:
1. Past performance. You’ve done it before, so you can do it again.
2. Desire. What are you prepared to give up in order to concentrate on your writing?
3. Self belief. William Golding, one of only two British Nobel Prize winners for literature since WW2 – Winston Churchill was the other one – thought his writing not good enough!
4. Focus. Distractions are all around us.
It was a very enjoyable and useful session and we hope to see some of York Writers at one of our events in Ripon before too long.