Keep writing. It’s as simple as that. When I was 13 or 14, I wrote every day, often late into the night. The freedom I felt was amazing. Words flowing from my pen, ideas hammered onto the page with no hesitation. Then I got a little older. Then I felt the Fear. Then I stopped.… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What advice would you give to your younger writing self?
There are lots of things that keep me going – and lots of people who keep me going. Today, I’m going to focus on something that’s been happening recently, which has been giving me unending encouragement. Feathers. Yes, feathers. I’m not a hugely religous or superstitious person, and I don’t believe in a lot of… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What keeps you going when things are tough?
I’m not sure if this really counts as a pilgrimage, since I didn’t go there just for a literary pilgrimage, but one place I went to explore the history of literature was Canterbury. I’m a Medievalist–or at least, I was at university. I fell in love with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales during my A Levels, and… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What literary pilgrimages have you been on?
That’s easy to answer. Hands down, it was when I bought the software Scrivener. Scrivener is a word processing tool but it’s also SO handy for putting manuscripts together. You can have parts, chapters, scenes within chapters; you can use full-screen mode to stop distractions; you can edit the formatting of your writing… There are… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What’s the best money you ever spent as a writer?
There are a few books that have influenced me greatly in different ways. There are some like the little board books I read as a small child that started my love of books. There are also some children's novels that have done the same. In terms of books I find inspirational as an adult, the… Continue reading Getting to Know You: What books have influenced you the most?