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

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

Creative writing · Uncategorized · Writing advice

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 which… Continue reading Five things I learned from a book I hated

Creative writing · Family history · Family tree · Interviews · Non-fiction · Writing advice · Writing inspiration · Writing research

Interviewing family members

A close relative of mine has Alzheimer’s and for a long while, I’ve had the longing to interview her. The way the disease is affecting her means she has virtually no short term recall, but her long-term memory, particularly of her childhood and youth, is intact. I’ve been surprised and delighted on many occasions by… Continue reading Interviewing family members

Confidence · Creative writing · Writing advice · Writing inspiration · writing motivation

How to answer the question – ‘Are you a writer?’

I was on the phone today having a lovely chat, thinking nothing of it, when the person at the other end came out with; “You’re a writer, aren’t you?” I hesitated for a second. A few days ago my answer would’ve rolled off the tongue without a second thought. Something like; “Well, I’m trying to… Continue reading How to answer the question – ‘Are you a writer?’

Creative writing · writer's block · Writing inspiration

My writing is rubbish. What’s the point?

Some questions I have been asking myself recently… Is there any point? Will my work ever be as good as the stuff I love to read? Is writing a waste of time for me? Is that piece I submitted a few weeks ago actually any good? You get the gist… I’m led to believe that… Continue reading My writing is rubbish. What’s the point?