writer's block · Writing advice · Writing inspiration · writing motivation · Writing prompts

Help. I’ve run out of ideas. I’ll never write again.

I’ve just sat down to write a blog post about my recent tough writing patch. About how a busy work and life period has left me unable to scrape the barrel of my mind for any words or stories. Even writing this post seems like a daunting task right now. I know, maybe a profound… Continue reading Help. I’ve run out of ideas. I’ll never write again.

Creative writing · Flash fiction · Flash fiction competition · Writing advice · writing competition

What I learned from judging a flash fiction competition

A few weeks ago I received an email with the subject ‘WINNER!’. Like any  intelligent email user, I immediately dismissed this as spam until… I noticed the sender: Zeroflash. It turned out I had been selected as the winner of September’s Zeroflash competition. What!? And they wanted me to judge next month’s competition. What what!?… Continue reading What I learned from judging a flash fiction competition

Flash fiction · Flash fiction competition · My writing · Short story · writing competition

My very own story artwork – by Jon Stubbington

I’ve ticked off another writing first this week. I’ve had some wonderful bespoke artwork created to accompany my flash fiction ‘His Chair’, which won first place in last month’s Zeroflash competition. (I still can’t quite believe that one). It’s amazing to see how someone else has interpreted my words and the images the story conjured… Continue reading My very own story artwork – by Jon Stubbington

Flash fiction · My writing · writing motivation

My story in Ellipsis Zine

After a few weeks of struggling to find the time, energy and head space to write, I’ve just had a wonderful motivational kick courtesy of the brilliant Ellipsis Zine, which has published my flash fiction piece, The Angel Dress. Having been truly moved and impressed as each week goes by and new stories are added, I’m… Continue reading My story in Ellipsis Zine

Confidence · Creative writing · Swanwick Writers' Summer School · Writing advice · Writing inspiration · Writing retreat

Post-Swanwick blues

We’ve all heard of the back-to-work blues. Well I’ve got a serious case of it. More specifically, the post-Swanwick blues. Until a few months ago I had never even heard of the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School. Fast forward to June and a lovely email arrived in my inbox to say I’d been accepted onto this… Continue reading Post-Swanwick blues

authors · Creative writing · My writing · Short story

Publishing day! Little Acorn Short Story Anthology

I’m doing a little dance at my desk right now. Because…it’s publishing day! My story, along with 14 others by talented, new authors, features in the Little Acorn Short Story Anthology. It’s available right here in paperback. (The current price is a limited time offer).  I’m proud to have had my short story Un-friending, selected for… Continue reading Publishing day! Little Acorn Short Story Anthology

Characters · Screenwriting · Television · Writing advice · Writing inspiration · writing motivation

What TV can teach fiction writers – A masterclass in characters from BBC drama ‘Broken’

I can barely see the screen as I type this because I am sobbing. I am gasping for breath and sobbing…about fictional characters. I am crying because they were so deeply real to me. I have just finished watching a BBC series which was on earlier this year. Broken, starring Sean Bean and written by… Continue reading What TV can teach fiction writers – A masterclass in characters from BBC drama ‘Broken’