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?

When To Turn The Monsters Loose According to Stephen King

The best writers keep their heroes (or heroines) in peril throughout their story. Seems like a good recipe to for success. Nobody wants to read about happy and safe characters…especially not in the darker fiction genres. But creating pitfall after pitfall can be exhausting and I’m never quite sure if I am overdoing it. If this is a problem you have come across, this quote … Continue reading When To Turn The Monsters Loose According to Stephen King

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

Why Writing Prompts Usually Don’t Work

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

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!

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