How to Respect Diversity When Your Novel Calls for Exclusion

Today, I am writing about a topic that has been constantly on my mind for the last few years: diversity… As society is increasingly becoming more diverse and as sensitivities towards equality and inclusion grow, I am not surprised that the calls for diversity in fiction are steadily getting louder. As a writer of Young Adult (YA) fiction, I feel the weight of responsibility to … Continue reading How to Respect Diversity When Your Novel Calls for Exclusion

Best Writing Lessons from the Last EVER Episode of the Big Bang Theory

Admittedly with some delay, I finally managed to bring myself to watch the last ever (2-part) episode of the Big Bang Theory. It was brilliant! *Spoiler Alert* I cried the whole way through Sheldon’s Nobel speech and thought that the writers really couldn’t have found a more perfect ending for this tale of epic friendship, scientific genius, social awkwardness, and finest geekdom! Once I managed … Continue reading Best Writing Lessons from the Last EVER Episode of the Big Bang Theory

How to Stop Feeling Bad About Setbacks

Setbacks are a normal part of every writers’s life and career. Unfortunately knowing this doesn’t make them easier to accept. Hitting a setback sucks! Especially when it’s through no fault of your own. And who would know better than me? I have spent this last week in a flu-ey stupor as I have sneezed, coughed, wiped, and cried my way towards the weekend, knowing my … Continue reading How to Stop Feeling Bad About Setbacks

How to Get Back to Writing After a 16 Month Break?

First of all, I must admit that I don’t have an answer to the question in the title of this post. This is me, daring to reach out to readers of this blog who might have forgotten all about me to say: I am sorry that I abandoned you (and myself). I didn’t intend to come back. Life got difficult and I gave up. And … Continue reading How to Get Back to Writing After a 16 Month Break?

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…