Why You Will NEVER Write a Book

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

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

Why Your Writing is a Gift – even if you charge for it

  Art is a personal gift that changes the recipient. The medium doesn’t matter. The intent does. ― Seth Godin, Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? So, I read a lot of Seth Godin’s writing lately. Admittedly this had more to do with my job rather than my writing. Seth writes extensively about being  indispensable in the workplace (yuk, yuk, I know). But for those of us … Continue reading Why Your Writing is a Gift – even if you charge for it

5 Common Denominators Between Fiction Writing and Running a Half Marathon

Stephen King is famously known to have claimed: Writing fiction, especially a long work of fiction can be a difficult, lonely job; it’s like crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a bathtub. There’s plenty of opportunity for self-doubt. ―Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft As an indie author currently in the throws of trying to complete my first full-length novel (planned length: 90,000 words), … Continue reading 5 Common Denominators Between Fiction Writing and Running a Half Marathon

5 Ways of Coping with Writing Disaster

Isn’t it funny how your knees buckle in the face of disaster? How the world suddenly crumbles around you, leaving only the sudden, desperate focus on the one thing that went wrong? Suddenly all joy seems to have evaporated from your life and the only thing left is the inevitable, negative self-talk that we writers know all too well. Stupid, stupid, stupid, stupid. I am … Continue reading 5 Ways of Coping with Writing Disaster