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?
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
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 am without a parachute. For the first time in over 10 years, I don't have a steady income. All the money I make from here…Read more The Freefall Moment of Going Freelance
I came across Contena when I was looking for ways in which to build a client list (from nothing, I might add) so I could start to look at supporting myself financially with my writing. It's a subscription-based freelance writing job search tool that gives you tips on how to get started and then pools…Read more Contena: A Review
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 prospect of another year treading the same path. I hadn't really thought about it. I just did it. I was feeling lost, and a little…Read more Why You Should Quit Your Job And Move Country On A Whim