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Review: My DIY Writing Retreat in Whitby

I’m sure you’ve seen the adverts for those dreamy sounding writing retreats in rural Cornwall or sunny Provence. Well, I wanted in on that. But unfortunately my budget and diary wouldn’t quite stretch. I wasn’t going to let a couple of minor details like that stand in my way, though. So, I decided to try… Continue reading Review: My DIY Writing Retreat in Whitby

Creative writing · Flash fiction · Short story · writer's block · Writing inspiration · Writing retreat

Planning my DIY writing retreat

I keep fawning over adverts for writing retreats in beautiful remote places, dreaming of the escapism, the torrent of ideas I’d come up with and the pages of stunning prose I’d produce away from the daily grind. Whilst unfortunately I don’t have umpteen hundred pounds and unlimited days to spend researching and drafting, I have… Continue reading Planning my DIY writing retreat

Creative writing · Flash fiction · Short story

How to write flash fiction

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of attending an inspiring workshop on flash fiction, led by the brilliant Linda Grierson Irish, whom I met on the Comma Press short story course. I have dabbled with the form before, naively assuming that because of short word counts, flash fiction pieces would be quicker and easier… Continue reading How to write flash fiction

Creative writing · Flash fiction · Short story

Revisiting old writing – ‘Waiting for Bill’

This is the first complete piece I ever wrote. I entered it for a competition organised by Liverpool writing group, The Poised Pen. They required flash inspired by the ‘Another Place’ sculptures at Crosby beach. I was absolutely flabbergasted when my name appeared on the long list. It was such an important confidence boost as… Continue reading Revisiting old writing – ‘Waiting for Bill’

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Short story ideas – headlines as prompts

Right? Someone tweeted this the other day and it resonated with me. A lot. I do feel like I have something to say, multiple things, but when it comes to sculpting them into a short story with a clear plot, that’s where I often come unstuck. I have several ideas  (which I take to be… Continue reading Short story ideas – headlines as prompts

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Inspiration for settings: Portobello Road

When I first embarked seriously on creative writing I read a lot of books and listened to many a podcast about the craft of storytelling. I’m always fascinated to hear from authors about how they do it. (I still haven’t really got to the bottom of it)..

One of the things I kept hearing from writers is that they’re constantly observing the world around them, watching how people act and react, letting seeds of ideas grow. It was something that seemed to be innate, not a conscious action.

Darn. I hadn’t been doing this. Maybe I wasn’t meant to be a writer after all?