Inspiration and a backlash against Realism

I read a great little article by Writers Edit on staying inspired as a writer. I agree with the author on many of her points. Though I am finding that reading ‘Art Objects’ by Jeanette Winterson is changing my perspective on books reflecting real life. I’m not as convinced by the argument that all writing (fiction) is based on life or should be. Jeanette makes the point that this kind of Realism come from the Victorian era and reflects a backlash against the Romantics who embraced innovation, imagination and art for arts sake. Realism was focused creating fiction that reflected “real life” and had a certain didactic quality that was very socially “responsible” in its message. Jeanette makes the argument that books do not have to be (and shouldn’t) just be a version of everyday life; that novels are in fact not a version of certain facts, but a whole new reality to be entered and understood. In a way she is concerned with what is at the heart of a novel, that it goes beyond just mimicry of life.

A great break down of her book can be found here.


Expanding skills

Going back to when I was Office Manager at the ACT Writers Centre, one of the projects I got to be involved in was coming up with initial design concepts for the logo for HARDCOPY; a manuscript development program. I helped with preparing the preliminary design explorations. New Best Friend took over from there and produced the final, professional product.

I was interested in creating a logo with only back, white and orange or a combination of  two. I wanted it to be like  a button so focused on round forms with an emphasis on simplicity and text.

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It’s been a while since I helped out with the project but I’m proud of my involvement and the final result. New Best Friend took my initial ideas and along with the staff at the Writers Centre, tweaked them along the way to create something modern, cool but professional. This task is something I am delighted to add to my resume of achievements and certainly the genre of venture I would take on again.


The HARDCOPY logo is the property of the ACT Writers Centre.

The ACT Writers Centre is supported by the ACT Government.  HARDCOPY has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.