The Onassis Foundation posted in 2006 a very informative interview with Peter Mackridge, formerly Professor of Modern Greek at Oxford, about the relationship between academic and colloquial Greek. Definitely worth a look.
Great article in the Guardian this weekend, canvassing authors for their tips on being a writer. My favorite, Margaret Atwood’s #10:
10 Prayer might work. Or reading something else. Or a constant visualisation of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book.