So a few weeks ago I submitted a piece of writing to The New Yorker. I had been working on it for a while and this means that the editing process took nearly as long as the writing process (which it should.) I had a few issues with my characters, that you might also have, so…Read more Problems with Writing: Characterisation
Hey lovely writers! So I was having a think about creating some writing prompts and posting it up here. It'll be an exercise that I do, as well as something that you can get your teeth stuck into as well if you want. The idea is to just to loosen up your writing muscles and…Read more Writing Prompt Challenge – Week 1
I did something truly insane today. I submitted a piece of work to The New Yorker. It was a piece I've been working on for about two months now, a short story that follows a young girl in the run-up to a natural disaster. I went through about six edits to get to the final…Read more The Terror of Submitting Your First Piece of Fiction
I had a poetry lecture today, which I was dreading. Poetry for me brings back memories of exams in a dusty sports hall with the lingering smell of old socks; looking at pieces of writing that had been butchered with highlights and notes in the margin about form and theme and prose. Imagine my surprise, then,…Read more What’s the Difference Between a Writer and a Pretender?
So if you haven't worked out by now, I'm Sophie and I'm a remote freelance writer. I'm still pretty new to this whole 'working for myself' business, so far it just means I eat a lot more toast than I used to and I have to check my wallet before I splash out on coffee…Read more How To Find Remote Writing Jobs: My Top 7
You're in a relationship. You've been together three months. You're starting to get to know each other, you've had quite a few dates - and things are starting to go really well. And then, BAM. You meet someone else. They're just as attractive as your current partner, but they're exciting and new. You tell yourself not…Read more The 10,000 Word Itch (or What To Do When You Come Up With A New Book Idea Whilst Writing A Different Book)
You wouldn't think a Masters in Creative Writing would lead you to the conclusion that you're schizophrenic. Or at least, not immediately. You'd want to work up to that after two years of batting the idea back and forth, at the very least. In fact, it's widely accepted that all writers have a dual personality…Read more Why All Writers Have Two Personalities