By the time anyone would know what was happening, it would be too late. I wondered what it would feel like, how long it would take, whether people would have to watch me die or whether I would simply disappear under the water and disappear from sight forever. Thud, thud, thud. I could do it. […]Read more "Sail away "
She had become “that girl”. The one she scorned, the one with whom she swore she never would become akin. She would talk about him, think about him, play his songs, look at his photos. Her heart was melting; her defences relaxing; her smile, an almost permanent feature upon her face, these days. Who could […]Read more "Quand elle n’est pas avec lui, elle pense à lui."
Are you stuck on your latest book? Or do you have an idea for a novel inside you, but you don’t know where to start? Whatever stage of the process you’re at, a helpful exercise can be to write the blurb that would go on the back cover. You’ll need to simplify your ideas enough […]Read more "Write the Blurb"
Recently, I attended a local group in my community for writers. I had no idea what or who to expect, and felt apprehensive as I walked into the little room off the library. I was warmly welcomed and introduced to the ten or so other writers who were there; who represented a variety of genres, […]Read more "O is for Others"
Hey British & Irish friends, here’s a great short story competition for you to enter: Reader’s Digest 100 Word Story Competition If you think writing a short story is easy, think again. When the words are so limited, every single word matters. Of course, even in long text I believe choosing each word carefully is […]Read more "Competition"
Do you struggle with any particular aspect of writing? Would you love some advice on a particular genre? Post your feedback here and I’ll try to write a blog for you!Read more "Suggestions Welcome"
Have you heard about Ernest Hemingway’s six word story? I hadn’t, until today, and it has delighted me! A friend bet Hemingway that he could not write a story in six words, so the legend goes. He was forced to pay up, when Hemingway produced what he is said to have called his greatest work: […]Read more "Six Word Stories"
If you’re a writer, chances are you’re a reader too. Like birds of a feather, stuck together. I enjoy reading, but I’ve let it slide on my priority list. This year I decided to set myself a goal number of books to read: 30 Well, it’s August, and so far I’ve read (and actually finished…that’s […]Read more "Reading Challenge"
Okay writers, listen up. E is for Editing. Yes, I know, it’s not the sexiest word out there. Far too many of us writers avoid editing as if it were some deadly disease. Trust me, it’s not going to kill you. Think of it more like an immunisation for a deadly disease, rather than the […]Read more "E is for Editing"
I write because I would go mad if I didn’t. It is my outlet; my sanity. So in a way, it’s selfish of me. But then again, to breathe is not considered selfish; it is simply understood as necessary for survival. My head is an explosion of ideas, colours, fragments, the unwritten. Sometimes someone tells […]Read more "Why I Write"