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7 reasons your novel might be a short story (and how to fix them)

I am a fan of the humble short story - so much so that I am currently constructing a novel out of them. But it’s an underrated medium, one that is almost feared by both authors and the publishing industry,... Continue Reading →

Using and abusing the past

The adage ‘write what you know’ has been thrown around and debated in equal measure by far too many people at far too many points. Yet, as with all adages, it has an element of merit, one I have been... Continue Reading →

Why I don’t write every day

My Twitter timeline is awash with urging. Write every day. Even if it’s for ten minutes. Just write. Write well and often. And so on. But, should you really be writing every day? Getting the balance right between craft, routine,... Continue Reading →

7 ways to write visually (without describing everything)

The world is pretty visual, but I’m not. Despite my insistence that, if I had to choose, I’d rather lose my hearing than my sight, I’ve never been able to work in a visual way. My mother is an artist... Continue Reading →

The multimedia writer: Beyond the blog

Self-publishing, if you want to be good at it, is a lot of work. A few nights ago I rattled off all the things I’ll need to consider in the coming months if I want to give my book the... Continue Reading →

7 rookie writing mistakes (and 7 ways to improve)

I started writing when I was six years old, and have carried on (and off) since then. It's been an interesting learning process.  7 rookie writing mistakes: Writing about writers. The adage write what you know is all well and good... Continue Reading →

Why it’s okay not to be Beyonce. Really.

Where did SLAY, QUEEN (or SLAY QUEEN or SLAAAAY QUEEEEEN and variations thereof) come from? Actually, you know what, I don’t care where it came from. All I care about is that it is my least favourite Internet phrase of... Continue Reading →

How to use a bullet journal for writing

It’s just another stupid fad was my first thought when I heard the phrase ‘bullet journal’. I was a bit confused by the concept - do you fire notebooks from a massive gun? Riddle your least favourite with bullets so... Continue Reading →

Has self-publishing made everything a bit… sterile?

Six year-old me dreamed of seeing my name shining on hardbacks in the window of Waterstone’s as the latest bestselling debut author. Twenty-seven year old me has altered the dream slightly to a single webpage with the all-important average customer... Continue Reading →

The myth of the ‘writer’s retreat’

I wrote this post a while ago, but it seems appropriate to publish now given that, at this very moment, I am meant to be in Milan eating gelato and relaxing by Lake Como. But then Boyfriend got flu. At... Continue Reading →

The ‘Everyone Else’ Syndrome, or, I probably don’t know a thing

I don’t like Jane Austen’s books. As a twentysomething English female, I am probably betraying several aspects of my heritage by admitting this, but I just can’t get into it. Nor Hardy, Dickens, Byron; any of the classic A-level texts... Continue Reading →

Chronicles of Cringe: 15 year-old Phoebe does fanfiction

A couple of months ago, a group chat between two of my oldest friends turned to a joint email account we used to have. Back at school, we used to be part of a group of six who all went... Continue Reading →

The loss of pizza

This is not, by any stretch, my best writing, but I don't know how else to say it. Apparently I've had depression before, but I wasn't aware of it until I went to the doctor asking to be signed off... Continue Reading →

Review: On Writing by Stephen King

I mentioned that I was reading this in my Friday reads last week, and I also mentioned that I am not generally a fan of writing guides. That may be because I've not read many; I'm of the school of... Continue Reading →

Returning to writing, or, realising the obvious

It’s been a while, and really I have no excuses. Not that anyone will have noticed, with my paltry if not non-existent readership, but I've noticed and that also matters. So I've revamped: taken on a new pseudonym that matches... Continue Reading →

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