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July 2, 2019

Using photographs to spark creativity

Why I found it so hard and how to make it work.

It’ll be easy, I thought:

  • Complete writing rituals, as normal.

  • Look at the photographs.

  • Gonzo (my creative brain) will hop up and down (the way she does) yelling a kerzilli...

November 4, 2018

Yesterday, a roost of starlings rose as we passed, became a murmuration. Circling us, a metre from our upturned faces and awkward pirouettes, a hundred starlings swooped, dived, rose as one, looped to return to the branches, giggling for a moment, took flight again, a...

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,...

July 8, 2018

Creativity sprint - ready, set, go

‘Just write every day of your life. Read intensely. Then see what happens.’ Ray Bradbury

The only time I wrote every day for a month I was rewriting. When I signed up for Zoetic Press’s creativity sprint, Write Like You’re Alive, I was...

June 10, 2018

'Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.' Mark Twain

Swearing is usually ace. But there are times when effing and blinding just won’t work, such as:

  • Improvising a bedtime story for your niece and/or nephew (we really should mak...

April 28, 2018

Gonzo, my creative brain, loves one word prompts for stories. I've asked her why but she despises direct questions and insists on being mysterious. So, here's my best guess at why starting from just one word makes Gonzo (and me) happy:

  • It's a playful proce...

February 4, 2018

Having loved poor old January , here’s my idea for improving February: become fictional.

Characters in novels aren’t mooching, bored, or apathetic  - unless they’ve accidentally wandered into modernist lit and/or they’re a bit French. Fictional folks have adventure...

June 19, 2017

Spotify says it understands people. From the music folks choose to hear, it knows who they are and what they want. It knows exactly who to sell specifically what, and precisely when.

Fiddledeedee, I thought, you can’t catch me. But, they’re on to something.

Ask...

April 9, 2017

Today is Name Yourself Day. You can shake off the names you were given and inherited. You can choose a shining new appellation.

The names we use help define us. They tell a tiny story about us, to ourselves and others. Today you can rewrite yours.

I'm luck...

March 5, 2017

Yesterday, I read an article about the fabulous beasts of England and the novels they inspired. I knew giants lived nearby, and wondered who else.

Here be dragons

‘They do say, that a dunnamany years ago there was a gert dragon lived in that big pond there.’

Sussex is cra...

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About

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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