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?
I found a piece of writing today that I haven't seen in about seven years. A very old piece of writing. A very terrible piece of writing. One of my first attempts at something novel-like and my goodness did it set my teeth on edge. I have a feeling quite a few authors feel the same.…Read more How To Be A Better Writer