How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Etiquette (Part 2)

I wouldn’t walk into a bar and start jumping on the tables. Perhaps in 3,000 years that might be considered normal (if so I’m glad I live now, I’m clumsy at the best of times) but equally, if I was born in the 18th or early 19th century, I wouldn’t have walked into a bar…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Etiquette (Part 2)

How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Language (Part 1)

Good morrow, dear friends. How fare thee this fine day? Alright mate? 'Ows it goin'? Why hello, how do you do? ... Now if those greetings sound weird, it's because they're supposed to. It's weird because I don't speak like that. (Except maybe the second one, after a week back in south east London and…Read more How to Start Writing Historical Fiction: Language (Part 1)

Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description

So I did a post the other week on whether or not you should study a Creative Writing MA (or slightly longer ago now, I've moved house and started working at an awesome new job so sadly the blog was left sulking in a corner for a while) and I rather rashly suggested you can…Read more Build Your Own Free Creative Writing Course Part 1: Description

Problems with Writing: Characterisation

So a few weeks ago I submitted a piece of writing to The New Yorker. I had been working on it for a while and this means that the editing process took nearly as long as the writing process (which it should.) I had a few issues with my characters, that you might also have, so…Read more Problems with Writing: Characterisation

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’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; 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?