How to Deal with Rejection as a Writer

Imagine spending weeks training for a marathon, putting in the hard work, the blood, sweat and sore muscles only to be told when you get to the start line that your running style isn't quite right for this sort of marathon. They might really like the way you sound like a pair of Victorian bellows when you…Read more How to Deal with Rejection as a Writer

Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description

So I did a post the other week on whether or not you should study a Creative Writing MA (or slightly longer ago now, I've moved house and started working at an awesome new job so sadly the blog was left sulking in a corner for a while) and I rather rashly suggested you can…Read more Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description

Should I Do A Creative Writing MA?

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 Some see it as an exercise of the blind leading the blind, by which I mean unpublished writers telling other writers how to (hopefully) get published.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?

7 Points In Your Story That Agents Stop Reading

The idea of every word you write is to pull the reader to the next word. Each sentence has to drag them to the next sentence. Each chapter to the next chapter. And so on, and so forth. Our jobs, as writers, is to keep readers reading. And no reader is more important, initially, than…Read more 7 Points In Your Story That Agents Stop Reading

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)

Why I’ve Moved From Team Pantser to Team Plotter

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

Why You Get Stuck When Writing (And How to Unstick Yourself)

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)

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