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The writing time machine

Making more words per minute – what I learned from a homemade writing retreat Sometimes I wish I could invent a machine (magical, probably) that made writing time. My inner critic, Sniffy Neg, predicts I’d waste it all. There is just so much stuff to do other than writing. I don’t begrudge hunting and gathering for my creative brain, Gonzo. But by crikey there’s more: rent grubbing, body stuffing and wittling, mood noodling, relationship tickling, domestic fettling, admin wrangling, book admiring, stranger tweeting and miscellaneous chaos smiting. Oh, and blogging, of course. In the absence of a writing time machine, magical or otherwise, my friend M proposed making a homemade writing retrea

Writing Christmas

Having written a Christmas story one and half times before, I’m declaring it a Christmas tradition. To begin this year's writing process, I’m feeding Gonzo, my creative brain, with festive possibilities, so she can bring future me an idea at an inopportune moment. She’s resistant. I think I know why. It’s because Christmas stories have rules. They go something like this: If there’s no snow, there’d better be a good reason for it. Christmas happens in the past. If it’s not heart-warming, then it must be a ghost story (ideally it's both). If it doesn’t have any actual magic in it, then it must include an everyday miracle, like falling in love or childbirth or suddenly improved personality. Cyn


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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