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?
I came back from the wilds of Scotland a couple of weeks ago to find my P45 in the post. Quite a contrast – from a wind-battered climb up a very … Continue reading Why I Quit My Job in the Middle of a Pandemic
Putting these two things together feels as impossible as pineapple on pizza. A creative person needs no rules, boundaries or pesky lists. Organisation is about limiting yourself with goals and … Continue reading Organising Your Creative Life Positively
Very excited to hear that I’ve been longlisted for this year’s Primadonna Prize. The prospect of making only 500 words in any way interesting was certainly a daunting one and … Continue reading Primadonna News!
With the recent Black Lives Matter protests I wanted to look to a different part of untold history. I found this article where Montaz March talked about her dissertation on the … Continue reading Celebrating Amazing People #5
This post is inspired by the German astronomer Caroline Herschel. A breathing gap in half term so this one is a little more timely than the others! Something about her … Continue reading Celebrating Amazing People #4