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 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

What Makes A Writer?

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 Makes A Writer?

How To Be A Better Writer

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