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I don’t want to be a writer anymore…

…APRIL FOOLS! Sorry! I couldn’t resist. There are so many others getting in the April Fools spirit that I just had to jump in. With that said, a lot has happened in my life lately. Enough to make me put my writing life temporarily on the back-burner. If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I have recently moved out of my childhood … Continue reading I don’t want to be a writer anymore…

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Writing Confessions: Things I Learn From People Watching

People are fascinating creatures. And just like any fascinating creature, the most curious of us cannot help but watch. Every writer I know has something voyeuristic deep inside. Not in a creepy way…At least, I hope it isn’t in a creepy way. To me, it’s more like a childish sense of wonder about people. How they think. What they do. Where they come from and … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Things I Learn From People Watching

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Writing Confessions: Create, Maintain, Destroy

Write. Edit. Submit. For the last few days I have repeated this mantra under my breath like a child counting down the days to Christmas. I sit in the comfy leather chair in my dad’s study, twiddling a pen between my thumb and forefinger, eyes locked on the flickering wick of a scented candle. The door is closed. My family is out of the house … Continue reading Writing Confessions: Create, Maintain, Destroy

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Writing Confessions: New Year’s Resolutions

I went to a New Year’s party last night.

Even now, as I sit up in bed writing this at nine in the morning, I can still feel the scent of beer and pretzel salt lingering in my nose. While many choose to dive into the oncoming year with a helpful shove of booze, I decided to dance and sing my way into it surrounded by those I love. The sun is a red hot strip above the frosty rooftops and down in my back garden I can hear the twittering of the blackbirds on the grass.

The house is quiet. I don’t really want to get up. So instead, I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Continue reading Writing Confessions: New Year’s Resolutions

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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