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 trying to write a book with a dual narrative. It seemed like a good idea at the time. When I found myself wading in a sea of post-its, spending … Continue reading The View from the Other Side
So what’s your book about then? It’s the obvious question, once you’ve fessed up to what you spend a large chunk of your time doing. There are several options here. … Continue reading Writing the Unwriteable
It is done. The very last words of the first draft, complete. What a…well, I’m not sure really. In the first case, it’s not actually the first time I’ve got … Continue reading How Does a Completed First Draft Feel?
Haunting prose, well sculpted book. From the outset, this has a very distinct voice. The prose is flooded with (har har) metaphors for the sea and water, the style is … Continue reading ‘The Seas’ by Samantha Hunt
I really don’t know why Margaret Atwood never appeared on my reading radar for so many years. I only ended up reading The Handmaid’s Tale because I had to teach … Continue reading Does Margaret Atwood Get Depressed?
I have about two minutes to avert disaster. From her little piping voice to a spreading stain and another bout of hand washing clothes and disinfecting the sofa/car/my neighbour’s dog … Continue reading A Tricky Business
In part inspired by the blustery horrible weather we’ve been having! Clouds hang in the murky air like soiled sheets on a line. The slow thrum of traffic reverberates around … Continue reading Short Story – Windy Day
Relenting to her urges, influenced by the first sisterly visit in two years, she returned to the fridge. Ice cracked into the bottom of the glass, followed by a slice … Continue reading Spanish Adventures Part II
This is the start of a story I wrote while in Spain in the summer. Please enjoy, comments and feedback most welcome! The hot blustery air held a hint of … Continue reading Spanish Adventures
The bulk of my writing tends to be little snapshots of characters, situations and people I see. Here is a study on two friends: Two women enter the leisure centre, … Continue reading Character Study
Although in many ways the average adult rarely feels the assured feeling that is supposed to come with a certain number of years in existence, there are some things we … Continue reading Being a grown up