Oh how my word count fluctuates! I am in awe of people who post about #5amwritersclub on Twitter, seeing writers share their daily achievements while I’m barely into my first … Continue reading Writing Words in the Gaps
At the moment, I’m between Big Projects. The printed first draft of my memoir sits ominously on my desk, awaiting judgement in the form of multicoloured pen scribbles. My novel … Continue reading What is a Waste of Talent?
The Almost Mothers by Laura Besley made me cry. Several times. In pitch-perfect vignettes she explores everything from early motherhood to self-doubt to infertility. Her light touch and poignant stories … Continue reading Flash Fiction and Motherhood with Laura Besley
I recently enjoyed ‘The String Games‘ by Gail Aldwin. Personally, I think it’s better to go into a book ‘blind,’ so I had no expectations. Right from the off I … Continue reading Siblings, Structure and Pandas with Gail Aldwin
Having written nothing but fiction for many years, I find myself in the odd position of wiring an entire book about myself. One of the reasons I assumed memoirs and … Continue reading Writing About Myself
It’s hard not to cut the year into academic slices. I’ve spent so many years being regimented by the bell, the term, the holidays of school, I’m still thinking in … Continue reading Getting Started With Writing As A Business
It’s nothing about money and it’s everything about money. It’s eating arctic roll and thinking Vienetta is a fancy pudding and having your Christmas presents put into a large box … Continue reading What Being A Working-Class Writer Means To Me
I’m launching a new series of writing workshops: Wednesday Scribbles. Every week at 7:30pm we’ll start with some ideas on how to make space and time for writing. Using prompts, … Continue reading Weekly Inspiration For Your Writing
In a workshop I attended this week, someone made the simple comment, ‘creative people are good at ideas. It’s the finishing that’s the problem.’ So true. I look up at … Continue reading How To Finish Your Stories
There’s something strange about expectations. I find that positive ones are far worse than negative. Let me explain. If I’m worried about teaching a tricky class, making an awkward phone … Continue reading Playing For Ideas
Discipline. Stamina. Routine. I’ve lost count of the number of quotes and advice that tell you that in order to be a writer, you have to write every day. No … Continue reading Don’t Be a Slave to the Routine
As a lot of people are working from home, we’re in the strange position of being indoors, all the time. I’m also in the new situation of not going back … Continue reading What Do Writers Wear?