It's been a while since I blogged about the books I've been reading. This is largely because I've been a bit more open than usual to trying out different books, new writers, and genres that aren't usually my thing. I've read mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers, poetry, children's stories, books written centuries ago and brand new … Continue reading My Favourite Books So Far This Year
This week I've spent a good chunk of time (in between a hectic schedule of work, colouring books and murder mystery TV shows) on editing the draft of my next novel. It's recommended practice to take a break from your draft before coming back to it for the editing process. This helps you to see … Continue reading Editing: the ‘What Was I Thinking?’ Stage
"This is the worst journey ever!" the driver declared, after we'd been pretty much stationary in traffic for two hours. "Is it really though? At least we're not walking to Mordor. That would be worse," I attempted to instil some optimism to the car atmosphere. "Nope, that definitely wouldn't be as bad as this." And … Continue reading Terrible TripAdvisor Reviews from Fiction
Today is Queen Elizabeth's Official Birthday. I've always thought it must be quite strange, being obliged to celebrate your birthday on a different date simply because it's become traditional. Still, maybe having two birthdays is nice! The Queen released a message today. It's not about her at all. It's about her country and the British … Continue reading Without Fear or Favour
I had a strange experience this weekend just gone. I was at a festival, queuing up to get a drink, when a colleague volunteering at the cafe said "You need to check out the book tent!" So I wandered over to the big marquee full of lovely books, music and stationery (aka Claire's favourite place … Continue reading Imaginary Conversations
Do you have a long list of things you'll do just as soon as life gets a bit less busy? Or is there one big dream you can't seem to make time for? Last night I spoke to a friend who's planning a novel and needs time and space to actually write it. We talked … Continue reading Retreat!
I've been thinking about adventure a lot lately. Somehow, that turned into me writing an article for Threads on adventure and faith. It tells a couple of stories, one from a trip round Iceland last year, and one about taking a big step to move cities and be part of something new. It's also about how … Continue reading Adventuring
Who doesn't love book-related freebies? I'm excited to announce my first giveaway! The talented artist behind Funky Gibbons' crafts, jewellery and artwork (go check out her Etsy shop right now) has created Rhiannon's pendant from The Runaway and it looks gorgeous! If you've read The Runaway, you'll know that the three sections of the book are named after the … Continue reading Giveaway Time!
As she's just turned 201, I thought I'd share what I consider to be one of her most spot-on pieces of writing
Writing a first draft of a novel is like being 6 years old, putting on a tutu and dancing round your living room. Editing it is like refining those dance steps until you can pass an audition for Swan Lake. One is fun, rule-free and anything goes. The other takes far more discipline and work, … Continue reading Editing That Draft