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Writing Confessions: 5 Habits To Help Me Write a First Draft

I hate first drafts. Those of you who follow me on Twitter probably already know this but, for me, writing the first draft is the worst part of the process. Often when I speak to other writers, they find the re-writing and editorial process to be the more challenging aspect. I couldn’t be more different. For me, editing is like putting a puzzle together. Maybe … Continue reading Writing Confessions: 5 Habits To Help Me Write a First Draft

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Writing Confessions: If my Muse was a Person

If my muse was a person, they wouldn’t be a man or a woman. They’d lean against the door frame of my bedroom, expectant, and their features would flicker like a broken projector in an old movie theatre. Red lips; square jaw. Soft eyes; bruised knuckles. Hourglass; cutting board. I’d try not to figure them out. Too many hours would be wasted on fixing my … Continue reading Writing Confessions: If my Muse was a Person

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Writing Confessions: June 2018 and Positive Affirmations

I’m not going to lie to you. May was a rough month for me. Aside from my personal troubles, I barely made any progress in the writing department. I didn’t write much of my novel. I didn’t work on my secret project. I tried to write a new short story, but got so bored writing it that I had to give up. So I’ve decided. … Continue reading Writing Confessions: June 2018 and Positive Affirmations

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Writing Confessions: Music Journalism (Guest Post by Chloe Page!)

We’re doing something a little bit different today. My wonderful friend Chloe Page, over on A Page out Chloe’s Book , asked if we could collaborate on each others blogs. And obviously, I said yes! I wrote about my top five guilty gaming pleasures on her blog. And she has written about her experience as a music journalist on mine. Can’t thank her enough for … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Music Journalism (Guest Post by Chloe Page!)

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Writing Confessions: Learning to Laugh in the Face of Failure

When things go horribly wrong, I respond in one of two ways: despair or laughter. Although this is something I’ve always done, I only recognised it the other day. I am working on a secret story project right now. It’s a slightly ambitious idea for me – hence why I am reluctant to give any concrete details about it until I have made some good … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Learning to Laugh in the Face of Failure

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Writing Confessions: Work Vs. Friends

The coffee table is awash with crisps, chocolate, and breadsticks. My friends and I bundle onto the sofa, grab the closest snack, and turn on the TV. The latest episode of our favourite show is on, and we all want to watch it together. I’ve allowed myself this break. I want to be with my friends, I want to watch this show. I shove the … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Work Vs. Friends

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My Experience at The London Book Fair

  Hello Everyone! So, I wanted to try something different. As I explain in the audio, I have chosen to record myself talking about The London Book Fair instead of writing about to save you reading through a stupidly long document covering all three days. This was a great fun to cobble together. I’d love to do more podcast/audio type content like this in the … Continue reading My Experience at The London Book Fair

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Writing Confessions: What I Don’t Like About Romantic Subplots

Ah, the romantic sub-plot. Two characters falling hopelessly in love. Steamy love triangles bubbling beneath the surface of a novel. Daring adventures drawing two characters into each other’s arms. God, how much I despise them. Sorry, but it’s true. For as long as I can remember, romantic side stories have always rubbed me up the wrong way. Whenever two characters start going at it, or … Continue reading Writing Confessions: What I Don’t Like About Romantic Subplots

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Writing Confessions: The Theme of a Story is Always an End, Never the Means.

As regular followers of this blog, as well as my Twitter feed, may know I am currently writing my first novel. One of my 2018 goals was to complete a first full draft of it. I have been working on it fairly regularly for the last few weeks. And as I have been writing, as well as discussing it with my friends, I somehow stumble … Continue reading Writing Confessions: The Theme of a Story is Always an End, Never the Means.

Writing Confessions: A Love Story for Paper Drafts

Frost crawls upon the window. Flecks of orange light trickle through the icy sheets. I link my hands around my mug of tea for the third time and sigh. I sit in the conservatory, wrapped in my dressing gown, frowning. Behind me, the first glimmer of dawn peeks over the neighbour’s fence and lands upon my computer screen. As 8am hits, I down the last … Continue reading Writing Confessions: A Love Story for Paper Drafts

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Writing Confessions: I Cannot Write in Silence

I cannot write in silence for the same reason I cannot sleep in it. Lying in the dark, my head produces a little thought monkey. It clings to silence like a stage, positions itself upright and centre. It shouts angrily for someone to turn on the spotlight. There is so much to discuss with the empty auditorium. It’s got ideas, plans, dreams, hopes, criticisms. Isn’t … Continue reading Writing Confessions: I Cannot Write in Silence

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Writing Confessions: Goals for 2018

Happy New Year! 2017 was a chaotic year for me. University came to an end. My closest friends and I were scattered all over the country. I was thrown into an existential mess of employment, futures and writing goals. It wasn’t all bad, though. I had a few articles published on The Nopebook. I submitted a short story to a competition. I started a regular … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Goals for 2018