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 stillContinue reading “My first NaNoWriMo – A thought a day”

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”

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”

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’”

Interviewing family members

A close relative of mine has Alzheimer’s and for a long while, I’ve had the longing to interview her. The way the disease is affecting her means she has virtually no short term recall, but her long-term memory, particularly of her childhood and youth, is intact. I’ve been surprised and delighted on many occasions byContinue reading “Interviewing family members”