Is it bad to shout about writing successes?

Okay so, I may just have been Googling articles about how to publicly celebrate achievements without sounding like a braggy braggerson. Because, basically, I am really frickin’ proud of my writing achievements this year and I, like many of my fellow writing peers, would like the celebrate these! We’ve all worked really blooming hard toContinue reading “Is it bad to shout about writing successes?”

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 profoundContinue reading “Help. I’ve run out of ideas. I’ll never write again.”

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”

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 conjuredContinue reading “My very own story artwork – by Jon Stubbington”

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’mContinue reading “My story in Ellipsis Zine”

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 thisContinue reading “Post-Swanwick blues”

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 forContinue reading “Publishing day! Little Acorn Short Story Anthology”

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

Five things I learned from a book I hated

I’m travelling at the moment and am using the time off to read and write as much as possible. Thank goodness we’re in a car so I could bring a stack of paperbacks with me. I’m making my way through books I’ve had on my list for a while. This included a YA novel whichContinue reading “Five things I learned from a book I hated”

Learning from the curiously charming writer, Phaedra Patrick

There’s nothing more motivating for fledgling writers than hearing from other writers who’ve been in the same position and have gone on to ‘make it’. I immediately warmed to author, Phaedra Patrick, at a Read Regional event earlier this week hosted by The Heatons library. She started off by talking about ‘those people’ for whomContinue reading “Learning from the curiously charming writer, Phaedra Patrick”