5 Tips On Editing From An Editor

The saying goes something like "good writing is re-writing" - and it's true. Whatever you're writing, your editing skills will make the difference between a decent piece of work and an unreadable hotch-potch of words. As part of my day job, I write and edit online content, and I've been doing it for more years... Continue Reading →

Walking Watership Down

Is Watership Down a children's book? It's significantly darker than most books aimed at kids, especially ones where the central characters are bunnies. But whether you read the book or were simply traumatised by the 1978 film, Richard Adam's 1972 book has left an indelible mark and is widely considered a classic. Watership Down itself... Continue Reading →

6 Ways To Fight Self Doubt

Some people out there say they've never doubted themselves. These people are lying. Self doubt affects us all, but for some even more than others. As writers, often working alone, immersed in a world we've created without outside input, it can sometimes be a constant battle. And the worst of it is, we're battling with... Continue Reading →

4 Arty Ways To “Draw” Your Story

Some writers just write, others have more creative strings to their bow. I'm always interested in how other art forms can inform your writing. I've looked at using music for soundtrack, and using photographs and images (albeit not ones you've taken). This post is going to be looking at art - more specifically the drawing/painting/sketching ... Continue Reading →

Can Fidgeting Help You Write?

I fidget a lot. It's triggered by a combination of an overactive imagination and anxiety. Anything is fair game to be fiddled with - pens, necklaces, buttons, watch straps, as well as just generally shifting about, no matter if I'm sitting or standing. But can fidgeting help you write? Science would say...maybe. Some research has... Continue Reading →

A Simple Fix For Writer’s Block

We all struggle with writer's block from time to time. There are a few ways you can try to solve it, but the easiest and simplest way? Move. There are a couple of ways you can do this Move yourself Exercising can help with your writing but I know it's not everyone's bottle of energy... Continue Reading →

Stuck For a Writing Idea? Start Digging

You stare into space and wait for an amazing idea to strike. We've all been there. Popular culture would have you believe that inspiration just hits you when you're buying a loaf of bread or weeding your flower beds. Sometimes a spark will appear like Harry Potter wandering down a train aisle and into JK... Continue Reading →

Light and Literature – Stourhead Library

(Pre-lockdown visit m'kay) This will probably come as a surprise to absolutely no-one, but my favourite part of any big, old house is the library. Frankly, a grand house without a library is just a waste of time. Stourhead in Wiltshire contains one of my favourite grand house libraries. It's a gorgeously light and airy... Continue Reading →

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