Are you one of those many writers who dream of writing full-time? (Yes!) Do you sometimes resent the time at your paid work that takes you away from what feels like your real work, i.e. writing? (Yes! Often!) Do you nonetheless need to keep working because of, you know, the fact that writing doesn’t pay, … More Dear Writer, don’t give up your day job… embrace it!
What I want to say tonight is this: Every writer needs an angel, crouching near them as they work, batting away disturbances and doubts, and whispering for now, this is enough as the words bleed onto the page. I imagine mine is a scrawny thing, pot-bellied, scruffily feathered, and no bigger than my tea-cup. But … More Angel
The thing about a break is it gives you a new perspective. I’ve been thinking about where I was when I started when paper met pen in August 2015, and how much I’ve learned since then about writing, about the process of pitching and dealing with publishers, and about the book community more broadly. Learning … More The Blog is Back
I was sitting in front of some uni students on the bus yesterday and listening to them talk. (I’m a writer! It’s called research!) They were having a conversation about grades, and one of them was saying how happy she was she’d finally broken through and gotten a High Distinction after a long string of … More Finding your motivation for Nanowrimo and beyond
If there are ‘rules’ for blogging, I tend to break them. I don’t publish to a regular schedule. Some weeks I manage to write a bunch of posts, some weeks none at all. I don’t write about a narrowly-targeted subject that is of interest to a specific audience. I mostly write about whatever I feel … More Why I am a bad blogger
I’m sharing the most recent feedback I’ve received on my yet-to-be-published contemporary YA novel The Space Between. The Space Between is the story of a girl whose life unravels after her best friend goes missing in mysterious circumstances. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about how I’m finding the process of pitching my … More Positive feedback for The Space Between – huzzah!
I was thinking about why I love to read and what stays with me from the literally hundreds if not thousands of books I have read in my lifetime. And the truth is… I’m a feelings girl. I forget names. I forget plots. I forget most semblances of factual content. But I remember how certain … More Five books that make me feel… Inspired