Happy New Year – Let’s make 2018 the Year of the Writer

Welcome to 2018 everyone.  How exciting!  A new year!  I always love New Year for the possibilities that it brings.  Is there any other time of year that holds so much possibility and hope for the future?  Last year was pretty good for me in terms of my writing.  Sometimes when you're in the middle … Continue reading Happy New Year – Let’s make 2018 the Year of the Writer

My writing bucketlist… or how will I know if I’ve made it?

I've been giving some thought recently to the crippling self-doubt that seems to afflict many writers (and although I'm still in the almost- camp, I can definitely relate to that almost paralysing fear that what you've written is maybe, possibly, almost certainly utter rubbish) and wondering how I can benchmark my career as a writer. … Continue reading My writing bucketlist… or how will I know if I’ve made it?

Making more of your setting

I've just read the excellent Deadfall, by Linda Fairstein (one of my regular favourites) and it struck me that there are some books that go beyond merely setting a story in a specific place; the very tentacles of the story worm their way through the whole location.  There's some extra special about that kind of … Continue reading Making more of your setting

Why I enjoyed Paula Hawkins’ new book Into the Water @PaulaHWrites #IntoTheWater

I've just read Into the Water and I was not disappointed! Firstly, I was a big fan of Girl on the Train (I have to admit when I was looking for the picture for this post, I was busy googling 'Girl in the Water' and couldn't find the book cover - missed opportunity or deliberate … Continue reading Why I enjoyed Paula Hawkins’ new book Into the Water @PaulaHWrites #IntoTheWater

Making my fictional home in Sheffield

It's hard working out where to set a novel.  Especially if you're hoping to have more than just one, it needs to be sustainable.  I explained last time about how I'd been originally planning somewhere entirely fictional but was persuaded to choose a real location.  I chose Sheffield because... It's Northern I felt very strongly … Continue reading Making my fictional home in Sheffield

Finding the time and the mental space

I was listening to a podcast from The Bestseller Experiment in which Sarah Pinborough (currently topping charts and twitter channels with her novel Behind Her Eyes) was talking about how she writes.  She said that as long as she was thinking about her writing every day, then it didn't matter that she wasn't physically writing every … Continue reading Finding the time and the mental space

Workshopping: My Personal Hell

Don't get me wrong.  The process of workshopping is infinitely valuable and I am utterly and totally appreciative of all the effort others are putting into reading and reviewing my work.  But emotionally?  I am not cut out of this level of focus and analysis! I admit - I am not a person who takes … Continue reading Workshopping: My Personal Hell