Tag: Writing

  • On rediscovering creativity

    On rediscovering creativity

    Life can get in the way of things, things that are really quite important. Creativity can be one of the first things to go; when you’re tired or stressed, or in pain, or suffering. It seems frivolous. When you are busy thinking about how to get enough energy to prepare the next meal, or if…

  • Newcastle Writing Conference 2015 – Part Two

    In case you’re wondering what I’m talking about, have a peek at Part One here. If you read that already, help yourself to a biscuit as a reward for coming back for more of my musings. So, dear readers, I have just been fired up by the keynote, and informed about building a digital presence…

  • Newcastle Writing Conference 2015: Do It Yourself Part One.

    I went to my first every writing conference at the weekend – Newcastle Writing Conference, arranged by New Writing North at Northumbria University. I jumped at the chance to go because the lineup was just brilliant – the speakers included Meg Rosoff! As it turned out, family worries made the day get off to a shaky…

  • Failure & Finishing

    Uh oh. That was a bad start to the A-Z Challenge, wasn’t it? When I realised I’d missed C, I thought I’d combine it with D in a post. Then I didn’t get to do one for D either so I thought I’d try really hard to combine C, D and E (while thinking “Oh…

  • Hope for Willow Burn

    As most of my friends online know, my grandpa has been very ill for about a month. He’s currently being cared for by Willow Burn hospice in Co Durham and they have been absolutely wonderful. My mum always says that dying is inevitable, but important; one of the most important things you will ever do.…

  • FINISHED

    This morning I finished my first ever draft of a novel. A WHOLE novel. What I wrote. Me. Ahem. I know that for real, proper authors this isn’t a big deal – and maybe it shouldn’t be such a big deal? But it really is. Not only am I a bit of a procrastinator, and…

  • Write A Great Synopsis

    2012 is the year I finally finish off my two ongoing WIPS, then begin the ordeal of putting together a submission package and sending it all off. With that in mind, it’s perfect timing that I’m helping Nicola Morgan with the blog tour for her new book, Write A Great Synopsis: An Expert Guide. This…

  • Bulletin

    Well, well. It’s been a while *guilty look*. Sometimes life just gets in the way and you need to focus on priorities. Lately I’ve had to deal with some head stuff and make sure I kept myself and my family going which has meant writing and blogging have taken a back seat, as has podcasting…

  • A Day in the Life of a Writing Mum

    5am. Get up with children. Stagger to sofa and plan to be really disciplined and open laptop. As soon as I’ve woken up a bit. 6am. Wake up on sofa; rub crusted drool off chin and rub crayon off walls. Note to self: mustn’t fall asleep while toddler is up and crayons are within reach. 7am.…

  • In the Wishing Chair

    This is a very quick post, which I may expand in the future. I’ve tweeted a couple of times about my new project – In the Wishing Chair. It’s a podcast dedicated to writing for children – I say writing, I also mean illustrating, publishing and of course reading the books. It came about mostly…