The very fact of this title was difficult to write. Acknowledging any form of success seems boastful, inappropriate. It’s a bit like singing. If you say you play the violin, … Continue reading Starting to Succeed
In February, the sun stoops low before your eyes have fully widened, so it feels like you never wake up. I peered into the fading light, indistinguishable bodies cluttered in … Continue reading Steps
Just over two years ago I submitted my application to City University to study for an MA in Creative Writing. It was a last-minute decision, so I only just made … Continue reading 100 Books of Me
Thought I’d try out Scriggler. One short story posted and over a hundred views. Not bad! Check it out here.
This week, I experienced a familiar feeling. Awkward, a little sweaty, over-exposed and defensive. This wasn’t a first date, or a public presentation, but a lesson on the novel Noughts and … Continue reading Are You Sitting Uncomfortably?
One of the key pleasures of reading (and, as it turns out, the one that makes you a better person) is the way you can be completely dissolved in the … Continue reading Exposure
The nugget of something Is there But in the act of putting it on the page It disappears No flare of wit or will Nothing to separate Me From all … Continue reading The Enemy
I find myself in the glorious position of having completed the second draft of my novel. It feels infinitely more satisfying than the first. Then, I knew there was a … Continue reading Editing Backwards
Blogging sometimes feels like throwing a pebble into a tunnel/cave (insert metaphor of something large and dark). You tap away, have a flurry of excitement each time you put something … Continue reading Encouraging Thunder
Sometimes it feels like the more time I have, the less I get done. I’ve had an erratic work schedule for almost two years now, doing everything from paternity leave … Continue reading Wasting Time
What are the conditions needed to be truly moved by something? I like to think it’s intensely personal, like falling in love. The intricate web of circumstance, location, what you … Continue reading How to be Both
I’m a winner! Check out this fantastic article which the lovely Timothy Pike wrote about the things that inspire my writing here.