I’ve just hit a bit of a sticking point, for several reasons. Firstly, two countries (it’s a travel memoir) and 22,000 words into my second draft, I’m losing confidence in … Continue reading Pushing Through
I made the bold step three weeks ago to stop thinking about it and start writing my second draft. While my novel is finding its home in the world, I’m … Continue reading Tackling The Dreaded Second Draft
Even writing the title of this blog made me cringe. In a world where it seems like everything is being ‘actioned’ and ‘goal-centred,’ surely our art is the one place … Continue reading Should You Treat Your Creative Stuff Like a Business?
While I’m still in the process of getting my first novel out into the world, I wanted to make sure I always had a ‘big’ project on the go so … Continue reading Going Wild
I recently hosted a workshop on myths with Alexandra Sheppard for Write By You, my writing project for underrepresented girls in North London. Her brilliant book, Oh My Gods, centres … Continue reading Mything Yourself
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