Creative writing · NaNoWriMo · Novel writing

My first NaNoWriMo – A thought a day

I first heard about NaNoWriMo years ago, before I had ever tried writing anything myself. I put it at the back of the filing cabinet in my mind and have since dreamt of one day challenging myself to write a 50,000 word first draft in one month. NaNoWriMo 2018 has started and while I still… Continue reading My first NaNoWriMo – A thought a day

Creative writing · Flash fiction · My writing · Non-fiction · Short story

Publishing news

My blog has lain a bit dormant recently but I’m pleased to say it’s not a reflection on my writing in general! It’s been a different time for me on my writing journey. I have been planning my first novel (which still sounds quite ridiculous to me!) Massively helped along by the Writers HQ Plotstormers… Continue reading Publishing news

authors · Characters · Confidence · Creative writing · Swanwick Writers' Summer School · Writing advice · writing course · Writing habits · Writing inspiration · writing motivation · Writing retreat

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 subsidised… Continue reading Post-Swanwick Boost

Characters · Screenwriting · Television · Writing advice · Writing inspiration · writing motivation

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 by… Continue reading What TV can teach fiction writers – A masterclass in characters from BBC drama ‘Broken’

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

authors · Confidence · Uncategorized · What I'm Reading · Writing inspiration · writing motivation

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 whom… Continue reading Learning from the curiously charming writer, Phaedra Patrick

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