I've written a lot about getting rejected as a writer. And that's because we do get rejected. A LOT. But also, sometimes, something just falls into place. And you get an email popping into your inbox saying "we'd like to publish your piece." And, if you're anything like me, you lose your shit and start…Read more How Many Rejections Does it Take to Get Your Writing Published?
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 running somewhat dry... 1. Writing Prompts Subreddit This has a whole host of weird and wonderful ideas to get your creative juices flowing, and the best…Read more National Writing Day Prompt List
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