Post-Swanwick Boost

Last year after returning home from my first Swanwick experience I wrote about the post-Swanwick blues. I was bracing myself for the same deflated feeling this year but actually I’m feeling something else. The post-Swanwick boost. I did wonder whether attending again as a fully fledged delegate (after being privileged enough to receive a subsidisedContinue reading “Post-Swanwick Boost”

The importance of artists’ dates

Is Whitby the most inspirational place on Earth for artists? Well I think so… I love Julia Cameron’s concept of the ‘artist’s date’. A solo trip to somewhere that interests you to spark imagination, whimsy and play. She suggests doing it weekly. I need to buck my ideas up! But I have just returned fromContinue reading “The importance of artists’ dates”

Quitting social media. Did my writing benefit?

I have been working hard at building up my writing habit. Sometimes I’ll have a good run of writing every day. And sometimes…like recently, I’ll have a day of not writing which turns into a week and then a month. But, while I still don’t manage to write every day, I am writing much moreContinue reading “Quitting social media. Did my writing benefit?”

Building up a regular writing habit

I realised I haven’t uploaded a blog at all in 2018. Whoops. But, rather than chastise myself I’m going to take it as a sort of positive, because it’s a reflection of the fact I’ve been focusing more on my creative writing. Woohoo. My writing year has got off to a positive start in aContinue reading “Building up a regular writing habit”

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.”

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”

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’”

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”

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 toContinue reading “How to answer the question – ‘Are you a writer?’”