People-watcher by profession

I’m a people-watcher.  I’ve spent the majority of my adult life and a significant proportion of my childhood being a people-watcher, or more specifically a people-analyser.  On the occasions I find myself in a park or at a train station I play a game; make up a story about someone who walks past (stick with…

In the wake of reading

I’ve just finished reading The Explorer by Katherine Rundell and it was exactly as the bookshop lady said: magical.  Achingly magical.  It is one of those books that when it’s time to do a thing, you justify doing the thing later and decide instead to read one more chapter.  Then another and another.  The feeling…

Playing the long game

‘Play the long game’ is my new mantra; I have it pinned above my desk.  When I feel as if I’m falling behind where I think I should be, I remind myself of this.  There is no rush.  It is not a race. I started writing seriously several years ago, and by seriously I mean…

Finding the balance

On the road to publication there are several phases that come and go like seasons – drafting, editing, waiting, rejection and procrastination.  I find myself wrestling with each one when I’m in the throes of it, but afterwards I can often see the benefits.  My aim now is to try and balance the downsides with…

Blackberrying

When I get stuck on a project, or bothered by the news, or I’m in between ideas or I just want to have some fun with writing, I pick an image off the internet and write a story.  Here’s one inspired by the image at the end.  I love how one minute there’s nothing, then…

Writing with baggage

Unless you are a brand new writer writing your very first story, you will always approach a new idea with some baggage.  Whether it’s an enthusiastic email from a beta reader, or an agent saying that they love your writing style but that particular story isn’t for them, or while you wait on submission, or…

Feeling in control when you’re not

I’ve had an epiphany.  You may get to the end of this and think that I’m incredibly slow on the up-take.  If so, I’ll have to live with your judgement. This week I’ve had several things swimming round in my head. I went along to Robin Stevens and Non Pratt’s evening on ‘How to be…