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
We love seeing our heroes meet. It's why a film featuring Batman and Superman is generates more excitement than a film with just one of them (as long as the plot still makes sense, but that's a conversation for another day). So my brain made an excited squeaky noise when I saw that there's going … Continue reading Meeting Heroes
OK, I've been a published author for less than a week, so this list is still in its infancy. However, there have already been some weird and wonderful moments that I just wasn't prepared for. And as someone who overthinks EVERYTHING, being unprepared is a new feeling for me. The first time someone quoted my … Continue reading The 4 Most Surreal Moments of Being an Author So Far
If you've seen Damien Chazelle's latest film La La Land, you'll know it has stunning visuals, gorgeous music and some really moving performances from Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. But I'm not here to talk about that today. I'm going to talk about just how relatable this film is for anyone with a shred of … Continue reading La La Land: the 5 Most Relatable Moments for Creative Types
So 2016... happened. I anticipate future grandchildren interviewing me about what on earth went down this year. Once we've got past the interesting politics, lengthy obituaries and philosophical discussions about what was motivating everyone, maybe there will be time for me to tell them about some of the words I read, re-encountered or wrote that … Continue reading Reading & Writing in 2016: a recap of the year
You can do this. No really, you can. I know, I know: the self doubt, the time restraints, the frustration you feel when your first draft isn't award-worthy, but let's just set that aside for a moment. You have a story to tell. A bright, beautiful story bubbling away inside your imagination. And there's a … Continue reading A Writer’s Pep Talk
I never got a Reading Week at university, but I'm making up for that now. As well as being very nearly Christmas, today marks the start of my Writing Week! I've booked the time off work and made a plan of action. The first pot of coffee is brewing at this very moment. And what … Continue reading It’s Writing Week!
One of the most fascinating things that has happened since I shared the news that my first novel is getting published, is the sheer number of friends, colleagues and acquaintances who have shared with me that they too love writing. I mean, it makes sense. When I look at the people I've connected with over … Continue reading The Secret Writers’ Guild
I'm beyond excited to announce that my first novel The Runaway is going to be published by Lion Fiction! The Runaway tells the story of a teenager who runs away from home, triggering a series of events that plunge her rural Welsh community into increasing turmoil. It's a novel about forgiveness, bravery and the power of story-telling … Continue reading Announcing My First Novel!