How to Make a Map of Your Fictional Setting

What you will need: 3 sheets of paper various writing instruments: pencil, pen, a light grey marker paints of any kind (I used diluted gouache in lieu of watercolours) paintbrushes of various sizes a smartphone with a camera or a scanner a photo manipulation software with an overlay effect (I used Photoshop, but you canContinue reading “How to Make a Map of Your Fictional Setting”

My Publishing Research Project

I’m doing a study about stigma in publishing and I need both readers and authors’ help to collect meaningful data.

All About My Writer’s Notebook

Most writers I know have an addiction to something (coffee, Twitter, buying books, stationary). I have been collecting notebooks for years and years, and recently I have started to make my own. I really enjoy crafting my own supplies. I feel like it gives me a certain kind of creative independence, and it allows meContinue reading “All About My Writer’s Notebook”

What is Writing?

What is writing, after all? A form of communication. A listing of symbols through which we convey meaning. I am of the belief that it’s a kind of magic. It’s time-travel. It’s the undenied profession of human existence. It’s a ritualistic expression of self and discovery. It’s catharsis, murder without jail. It’s growing up onContinue reading “What is Writing?”

How I Write

Recently, I had a flip through How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors by Dan Crowe and Phillip Oltermann, and was fascinated to learn about all the quirky rituals and specific places that help writers complete their work, and found a few inspiring. I realised that we all have quite particular ways of doingContinue reading “How I Write”

The Value of Personal Archives

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash   Most recordings and accounts of our lives are now being distributed online. ‘Science and culture in the 21st century are born digital; today‚Äôs Einsteins, Rembrandts, and Bachs create and record their works on digital devices.’ (1) We are archiving our lives in real-time, probably without even realising it.Continue reading “The Value of Personal Archives”

Always Feeling Like an Impostor

I remember I got invited to a spoken word night to read some of my work, and all I could think was ‘Huh, surely someone has made a mistake, my stuff isn’t good enough to be read out loud.’ One of my short stories got picked out of a dozen others to be published onContinue reading “Always Feeling Like an Impostor”

Prussia Cove Writing Trip

A beautiful backdrop, completely disconnected from the outside world and seemingly out of this decade, the dramatic coastal path stretching left and right. Does it make you want to pull out your pen and paper? Because this is the type of thing that really gets my creative juices flowing. I don’t get a chance toContinue reading “Prussia Cove Writing Trip”

Defining Success as a Writer in the Marketplace

I want to talk about two things that have been cropping up a lot in the past few months in daily conversation as I am nearing the end of my writing degree: being successful and getting published. I want to discuss how they can be defined, and what they mean for me. What is success?Continue reading “Defining Success as a Writer in the Marketplace”