Using Pinterest for Writing Fiction

Pinterest is somewhere many of us collect idea for our lives. From home design to fancy dress party ideas, vegan cakes and small bathrooms. If you have an interest in something you can create collections and organise ideas. You can find my Pinterest profile here. I use the secret/hidden board function quite a bit for novel writing. I keep them secret as I don’t want people getting confused over what I’m pinning, but also because things change so much when…

Most Inspiring Places to Write in Manchester

It’s actually rare, as in once a year maybe, that I work on my laptop somewhere other than home. But, I do carry notebooks everywhere, and I’ll happily sit and write free-hand for an hour or two providing the environment works for me. So here are my top five places to write (digitally or by hand) in Manchester. In no particular order; Waterstones Cafe- to sit amongst all the books on the top floor of Waterstones on…

My Writing Rituals

Today I wanted to share some of my writing rituals. The things that tell my brain that it’s time to be creative. It’s time to get in the flow. You could try some of these out for yourself! I find that the routine of doing these writing rituals helps me focus. These things just grew very naturally but now, rather like Palov’s Dogs, my behaviour changes when I set myself up in this way. I’ve conditioned myself, which…

Northern Lights Writers Conference & Quotes on Writing

Last month I attended my first writers conference. Held at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale, the Northern Lights Writers Conference promised inspiring talks on the job of writing and the future landscape of being a writer. The keynote speaker was Joanne Harris, known as @Joannechocolat on Twitter due to her arguably most well-known novel, that wound up as a feature film starring Juliette Binoche in 2000. Now, this is the part where I have to admit I’ve…

How I Started Writing a Novel

Writing a novel had been in the back of my mind ever since being a young girl playing with my Grandma’s typewriter. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how I started writing my novel. Despite being far from finished (I’m currently editing the first draft) I thought I’d answer a few of the questions I’ve had as a blog post. It is also a great way for me to mark where I’m up to,…

Creativity Podcasts

Listening to podcasts is something I really love to do. Sometime when I’m out walking, or sitting in the garden but more often than not I’ll be emptying the dishwasher or making packed lunches whilst I listen. I wanted to share with you some podcasts I enjoy. They have themes of creativity, writing and being online, I hope you find something you like. Some of the shows I’m been listening to for a while, others are…

Great Gifts to Give a Writer

Hello, hello! There are some changes going on around the place at the moment here. I feel like I’m in a chrysalis stage. Sometime soon I’m going to burst forth with a new and improved version of myself 😉 One of the small things I’ve started doing of late is that when I get asked what I do, I say I’m a writer. A writer is someone who writes, right? (groan) It felt weird at first to…

Collected thoughts on blogging/writing

Today I’m sharing a few blog posts I’ve loved recently. I’ve been thinking a lot about blogging, writing and creativity. On my quest to write a novel, and it be imperfectly perfect, I’ve found it hard to avoid online distractions. As my work (blog stuff) is basically on the internet and creative writing is on my laptop; temptation is waiting, just a click away. Lately, I’ve been feeling rather torn between the two things and these articles have…

Manifesto for Imperfection

I was clearing out some stuff recently and came across this manifesto for imperfection. This A4 sheet of paper is something I’ve kept for years (since 2001!). Through house moves and multiple clearouts. Not wanting to let it go because on each rediscovery, I find it more meaningful. It was written by Bruce Taylor, an artist and one of the tutors at Kingston University School of Art where I did my degree. He created this Manifesto…

Reading & Writing

Hello! Despite the title of this post, it isn’t an article about Sesame Street 😉 I want to share my intentions for 2018, I promised I would, and after a happy and restful couple of weeks off, I’m back at it. Only this time from a slightly different angle. To read and write. Writing- here on the blog, writing articles for print publications, and creative writing. Reading- more fiction, and non-fiction and more books in general.…

Love- an ode to a special friend.

What is love? No not the Haddaway song of the 90s but real life love. A good friend of mine has recently been let down by love and it has really made me think rather deeply about this thing we call love. Love can be strong or fragile. Love can be painful or rapturous. Love can be far from, or near to, hate. Love can be restorative or destructive. Love can be yours or mine. Love…