How to Write Through Grief?

Emotions are the bricks that build great fiction. It’s great to be in flow and feel happy and productive all the time. But what if those feelings are completely turned upside down in the blink of an eye? What if the passing of another human being becomes the great inhibiting force which so many of us writers fear? I’m sorry to say that I have … Continue reading How to Write Through Grief?

How to Produce Work That Lives Up to Your Ambitions

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

The Nightmare Club…

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…

Here’s What It Takes to Be a Great Writer!

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!

What Will Humanity Look Like in 1000 Years?

If you are are a SciFi nut like me, (or simply an interested reader/writer), you may be wondering what humans will look like in the future. This video, by AsapSCIENCE (sponsored by National Geographic) sheds some light on this question in less than 5 minutes. I hope you find this helpful. Pssst, writers! There may be some #writingprompts in there!! Continue reading What Will Humanity Look Like in 1000 Years?

How to Draw Inspiration from Unlikely Sources

Whilst getting inspired for writing material and stories is usually not a problem for me, I have been struggling with my ‘why’ lately. A ‘why’ is not to be confused with a goal or target. I have plenty of them and find it easy to remember what they are. In particular, my main goal (to earn a full-time living from fiction writing) is clearly imprinted … Continue reading How to Draw Inspiration from Unlikely Sources

My 3 Most Important Writing Lessons of 2016

As my friends and I, are counting down the last few hours of an exceptionally tough year, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to still be writing.   Those who have been reading me regularly since the launch of this blog will have noticed the effects of what I can only describe as a horrific sh***-storm (a dramatic reduction in creative output). … Continue reading My 3 Most Important Writing Lessons of 2016