10 Tips for Pitching to Agents from the Stockholm Writer’s Festival

So this weekend in Stockholm an awesome bunch of creative writers were all in the same room, alongside publishers, agents and some seriously heavy hitting authors. As part of this event, you could book a 10-minute slot to sit face to face with a real-life agent and pitch your book. If that sounds terrifying it's probably because…Read more 10 Tips for Pitching to Agents from the Stockholm Writer’s Festival

Is Scrivener Worth The Money? Scrivener: A Review

When I was doing NaNoWriMo back in 2014, they had a discount code for Scrivener. I saw it and I thought to myself: what the hell is that? Didn't Google it, didn't click on it, and I forgot all about it. But back in 2014, I was writing using the notes section on my iPhone and iPad. I…Read more Is Scrivener Worth The Money? Scrivener: A Review

Why Symbolism is Beautiful (And Why You Should Be Using It)

Way back at the beginning of term (I'm in the Transnational Creative Writing Masters Programme at Stockholm University) we had an awesome workshop from Cassie Gonzales. She was talking about character needs and goals, as well as symbolism. Now, symbolism isn't something I'd really thought about putting into my writing before this point. Not intentionally, anyway.…Read more Why Symbolism is Beautiful (And Why You Should Be Using It)

The Anti-Climax of Finishing Your First Draft

Last week I finished my novel. I know, right? Cue the champagne, let's start calling agents and– No. Not even close. You see, finishing a first draft isn't the same as finishing a novel. Finishing a first draft means you've taken all the bumf in your head about said book and you've put it down…Read more The Anti-Climax of Finishing Your First Draft

Flash Fiction Challenge: Why Is It So Hard To Accept When The Party’s Over?

Here's a little something I've written as part of Chuck Wendig's most recent flash fiction challenge. If you don't already follow his blog you definitely should because it's awesome. This is my little warm-up to the NYC Short Story Challenge that kicks off tomorrow. Which I am in equal parts excited and terrified by. This…Read more Flash Fiction Challenge: Why Is It So Hard To Accept When The Party’s Over?