Comparison is the thief of joy

This quote from Theodore Roosevelt is one that has resonated with me for a while and conversations over the weekend at the SCBWI annual conference made me think about it again. At every step on the writer’s journey there are opportunities to stop and take in the view, chat to other travellers and compare notes.…

Never giving up

It wasn’t until I set out with the intention of being published that I discovered I possessed perseverance.  Perhaps I didn’t have it before, or perhaps I just hadn’t had call to use it.  Either way, perseverance, or sheer single-mindedness, has proved to be a most useful trait to have.  The more authors I speak…

Writing’s like marmite…

…it’s a divider of people.  I’ll explain.  When I say I’m a writer, I find people fall into three categories: The person who changes the topic of conversation in order to escape from a subject that either disinterests them or is so alien to their world they haven’t the vaguest idea how to even appear…

Write it wrong

Writer’s block is an opinion-divider.  Some writers say there’s no such thing.  Others are afflicted by it regularly but come to know that it’s part of their personal creative cycle.  For me, I’ve found that writer’s block is a bit of a coverall for the times when I’m unsure. My blocks fall into these reasons:…

Fearless storytelling

Several writing workshops I’ve run recently with a fab group of year 6 kids have been enlightening.  Their ideas and what they’ve written have dazzled me. Last week’s workshop was to edit a deliberately pedestrian seven sentences: There was a full moon.  Tyra and Jason were sat under a tree.  They were in Jason’s garden.…