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 PlotstormersContinue reading “Publishing news”

Publishing news

In January when I was riding the wave of new year enthusiasm and motivation I made quite a few submissions in quick succession. Sadly that pace has slowed but I’m delighted that two of these flash fiction pieces have been published very recently.   Session 3 Homework appears in issue 21 of the brilliant shortContinue reading “Publishing news”

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 forContinue reading “Publishing day! Little Acorn Short Story Anthology”

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 asContinue reading “Revisiting old writing – ‘Waiting for Bill’”

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?