Creative Writing MA's have got a bit of a mixed reputation. Some see it as an exercise of the blind leading the blind, by which I mean unpublished writers telling other writers how to (hopefully) get published. Others see them as 'dalliances' (which is a terrible word, because it implies it's not being taken seriously…Read more Should I Do A Creative Writing MA?
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
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)
There's an age old debate amongst writers: do you plan, or do you pants? To plan or not to plan... that is the question - Definitely Not Shakespeare Well, I was firmly on Team Pantser prior to writing my first novel, for the following reasons: If I plan the story before I write it, it'll feel like I've…Read more Why I’ve Moved From Team Pantser to Team Plotter
Spoiler alert: editing sucks. Especially if you're editing a 90,000 word novel that tends to get a little bit lost around the midway point. That's when you end up having to re-write the main portion of your book. I'm stuck around Chapter 10 of 25 at the moment, and I can't seem to push through…Read more Why You Get Stuck When Writing (And How to Unstick Yourself)
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
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?