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April 27, 2020

A friend who's started to write asked me for secret insider knowledge for newbies. Like most first drafts, I made a hash of it, so here is an edited version.

The main point is: there is no right way to write, we all find our own by trial and error. Advice...

January 26, 2020

Reading drafts out loud is one of my favourite parts of the writing process

Doing so wakes up different bits of my brain, gets senses and body involved too. It releases the story or chapter from internal processes to external reality.

The words and sente...

October 17, 2019

A journal is a notebook with a fancy name, though not as fancy as chronicle.

Many writers keep journals filled with scribbles which are more important than they look - observations and memories and experiences and dreams, ideas for plots and characters and settings, jui...

June 15, 2019

The trick is knowing where to start. Not at the beginning, there’s no time for it. 

I need to grab the reader by the collar, yank them into the crucial place and time, when this fascinating person meets that irresistible problem, moment of wonder or wisdom....

April 28, 2019

Once upon a time, I pooh-poohed writing rituals. Gonzo, my creative brain, is as disobedient as she’s frolicsome: she wouldn’t stand for structure.


I seem to have collected, apparently accidentally, writing habits odd enough for Gonzo to have picked them. Though...

February 23, 2019

Word after word, sentence by sentence you fly through your imagined world, hand in hand with your made-up friend, soaring cause to effect towards the perfect ending, just beyond the horizon, over that glorious rise.

Wait. It’s flat. Where are we? No, not that word, but...

February 3, 2019

Any minute now, we’ll all have robots in our homes. Hoorah!

Even better, we won’t have to go to the office, because another robot will be doing our job - with greater reliability, less resentment, no swearing, or taking a suspiciously long time to make tea, or maintaini...

October 7, 2018

‘It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.’

Vincent van Gogh

Tucked away in sub-folders, there they lie: the stories I wrote but don’t love....

August 19, 2018

The prompt

The prompt, from the Happy Writing Society, went like this:

Go to page 52 of the book you’re reading now, line 10, take the first noun – write.

The whole sentence, from Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 was, ‘There was so much to see – dragon’s teeth, machines,...

August 5, 2018

A random number of almost plausible excuses

Some say that to grow as a writer, to truly inhabit the world of a writer, to grab that skinny chance of becoming the writer you might, you must write every day.

They get on my nelly.

Imagine my horror when my own experiments fo...

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Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative and gently 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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