National Writing Day Prompt List

It’s National Writing Day! And to celebrate I’ve pulled together my favourite resources for writing prompts, ideas and starters-for-ten, perfect for when your well of creative ideas feels like it’s … Continue reading National Writing Day Prompt List

The Terror of Submitting Your First Piece of Fiction

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 … Continue reading The Terror of Submitting Your First Piece of Fiction

What’s the Difference Between a Writer and a Pretender?

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; … Continue reading What’s the Difference Between a Writer and a Pretender?

The 10,000 Word Itch (or What To Do When You Come Up With A New Book Idea Whilst Writing A Different Book)

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 … Continue reading The 10,000 Word Itch (or What To Do When You Come Up With A New Book Idea Whilst Writing A Different Book)

Why All Writers Have Two Personalities

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 … Continue reading Why All Writers Have Two Personalities

The Freefall Moment of Going Freelance

I am in freefall. I knew it was going to happen, but somehow that didn’t make the actual happening part any easier. My final pay check came through and now I … Continue reading The Freefall Moment of Going Freelance

Why You Should Quit Your Job And Move Country On A Whim

Life altering decisions aren’t always made after lots of careful thought and planning. In an oft repeated cliché, I made mine on New Year’s Eve, after being faced with the … Continue reading Why You Should Quit Your Job And Move Country On A Whim