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”

Falling off the writing wagon

  Ok, so my new year’s resolution was to write a post each week. Alas, this hasn’t happened. But I’m going to bypass the huge temptation to just shove the blog idea to one side after just three posts and treat it as a small pothole in the road. Every writer is super busy. ThereContinue reading “Falling off the writing wagon”

Review – Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

I have never been as moved by a book as I was when reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. It’s the most memorable story I’ve read in years, probably because Backman so elegantly and subtly reminds us that people behave as they do for many different, complicated reasons, which gives them a totallyContinue reading “Review – Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman”

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 beContinue reading “Short story ideas – headlines as prompts”

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?