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Mind your head

Me: *momentarily blinded by the empty page* Gonzo (my creative brain): Hey. Watchadoing, watchadoing? Me: I’m writing a blog. Super cheerful. Upbeat. Erm. Yep. Bloggity blog blog. Gonzo: Stop right there, my backspace tapping friend. Allow me to present *kazoo fanfare*... the manatee. Me: The what? Gonzo: The manatee who’s now swimming around inside your head. Say howdy. She’s what you're gonna be writing. Me: Whoa. Not now. She’s just a phrase in my notebook. I’ll come back to her when she’s grown some kind of conflict. Manatee: Phweeek? Gonzo: Ah, but I saw her gleam, right in your imagination's sweet spot. Since then, you’ve dreamed of her, right? Me: You probably made that happen. Gonzo:

17 signs you’re a literary writer

Hooray for Kazuo Ishiguro winning the Nobel Prize. His award brings a full stop to the debate: genre writing can be literary fiction. It confirms what readers already knew. Science fiction, fantasy, crime, romance and all the other genres can be beautifully written, can explore human truths (whatever planet the main character's from). As writers, we must choose whether to use the L-word when describing ourselves. If we do, we claim styled writing, with psychological and emotional depth, plus serious commentary. It's a bit like saying 'I'm posh, I am.' Just saying the L-word is a terror for me. Even with a long run up, it comes out sounding like 'literwarewee'. So, how is a writer to know if

 
 
 
About

Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.

 

You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

 
 
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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

 
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