Slowing Down for December

This year has been huge for me in terms of chasing my dreams of writing a book. I did it, I wrote a novel! I’m now nearly halfway through rewriting it, jiggling it around until it makes sense to someone that isn’t me. The blogging side of my life has changed a lot. It’s no longer the be all and end all. I do still love this corner of the internet and although this year has…

Growing Up with Creativity

It’s funny how life works sometimes. As I’ve grown older I’ve realised it’s much more cyclical than I ever could have imagined. For example, I had a thought the other night, as I lingered in the place between sleep and wakefulness. It’s not unusual for this to happen to me, my brain is the most relaxed it’s probably been all day and I often get weird and wonderful ideas at the point just before falling asleep.…

8 Ways to Read More Books

Promising myself I read more Fiction this year is one of the best things I’ve done for my mental health. The escapism, the ritual, and the quiet. It’s brilliant, but it can be challenging to carve out the time. Today I’m sharing some tips on how to read more books. It’s also been great for my writing too. I get ideas on formatting, points of view, character development and story arcs. As you know I’m a huge advocate…

My Favourite Science Fiction Films

Today I wanted to share a quick and easy list of my favourite science fiction films. Science Fiction is one of my favourite genres because it pushes the boundaries of what is possible when telling stories. My favourite sci-fi films, without spoilers, are; Interstellar bowled me over when I first saw it. The theories behind it, the dystopian life of on Earth and the journey into space. It’s all made so believable by Christopher Nolan. Everything about this…

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…

Creativity and Motivation

Creativity and Motivation, or the longer title; How to Stay Motivated When Working on a Long Term Creative Project. Follow my blog with Bloglovin During any creative project, especially a longer one motivation is key to success. How do you stay motivated? How do you keep going? These are the questions I get asked most often about my writing process. Whatever your creative project is, there will be times when you can’t be bothered showing up to…

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…

Brush lettering workshop

Brush lettering is one of those things that the experts make look really easy. Watching Joyce from Artsynibs give demonstrations, it was like some kind of magic power she was wielding with the brush and inks. I soon found out that wasn’t a magic power but pure will, and, of course, lots, and lots of practice. Joyce has been doing this for years. I took part in an Artsynibs Brush Lettering for Beginners workshop held upstairs…