So, after crapping all over writing prompts on Sunday, karma has sent me the self-doubts. Of course. How could it be otherwise? At least I can trust that Ira Glass is…was…is (?) a man who can understand what this feels like. My boss is sending me to a leadership lifestyle course for the day and I thought some cheery words about storytelling and the 1 simple … Continue reading How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions
Writing prompts are like sea shells…they’re scattered around every beach in abundance but you only pick up a few. At least that’s what most people tend to think. But here’s the problem: not all writing prompts are valuable writing prompts. So, it doesn’t matter how many seashells are scattered around your path – if seashells don’t inspire you, it won’t help a bit, no … Continue reading Why Writing Prompts Usually Don’t Work
A rat came up my toilet and wreaked havoc in my kitchen! How did this happen you ask? Believe it or not but in Cardiff, many houses (including mine) have a bathroom bordering on the kitchen. Yeah gross…but OMG I had no idea just how bad things can get. I am told that this is quite normal given the high rainfall recently…with sewers getting flooded … Continue reading The Nightmare Club…
As previously announced, my new zombie short story ‘RoadKill’ is now ready for reading on Wattpad. This one is a little bit different from my zombie short fiction debut ‘The Run’ as it is more concerned with creating a voice and tackling a very personal and emotional perspective of the zombie apocalypse. Anyway, let me know what you think (either on Wattpad or in the … Continue reading RoadKill – A Short Story
This cheered me up and I thought you might like to see it, too. I made this my screensaver and when I feel down it makes me feel better. Keep battering your keyboards – no excuses!!! …OK the occasional good cry is allowed. 🙂 Continue reading Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!
Yesterday was the last day of a thing we rarely see in the UK: a Bank Holiday Weekend. We generally get two in May and one in August. That’s it! I bet any of you who slave away at a job and have to fit their writing into the edges of the day can appreciate the gravitas of this information. Three guaranteed long weekends … Continue reading Why You Will NEVER Write a Book
So, this has been a productive week and since it is Bank Holiday Weekend in the UK, I thought I’d take the chance to complete another zombie short story that I have been planning for a while. Of course, there is still some editing to do but you can enjoy the cover reveal whilst I take care of that. If you have just gotten a … Continue reading RoadKiLL – Cover Reveal
How many writers do you know? If you’re anything like me, probably a few. But how many writers do you know who are also professional about their writing and actually do the work? How many writer do you know who get up earlier (or sleep later) to write to a schedule that ensures they finish their work on time and achieve their goals? How many … Continue reading 3 Good Reasons To Define Your Writing Goals TODAY!
Writing faster has been a major concern for me this weekend. I often feel frustrated at limitations placed on my fiction writing (mainly time, typing speed, and focus). So, this weekend, I have enlisted the help of Cady Vance‘s video taking us through 4 simple steps that can help you write faster today. I managed to quadruple my wordcount for today by focusing on improving … Continue reading Quadruple Your Wordcount in 4 Simple Steps
If you’ve read my fiction samples, you’ll know that what I write is about as far away from pulp fiction as London from Auckland (at least 11,389 miles). Nonetheless, many of my more eccentric ideas have been inspired by the quotes of great pulp fiction movies…mainly quotes from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to be exact. The wisdom that can be distilled from the dialogue of this … Continue reading 3 Pulp Fiction Quotes That Have Made Me A Better Writer