There is nothing like writing a novel to make me feel caged as a writer, the tyranny of a project that feels both never-ending and solitary. At one point in my novel writing journey I stopped writing altogether. Why? There are several possible reasons I could give, including my struggles with depression, or a more generic loss … Continue reading Escaping the writing cage
Sometimes it can feel like the world is geared to the education of the young. Which is great. If anything we need more opportunities for some of the youngsters out there, those who have a taller mountain to climb because they weren't born into a family that owned a chalet near the summit. That's why … Continue reading Too old to start writing?
In 2015 I went on a writing retreat to Lumb Bank in Yorkshire. It was an Arvon Foundation writing course and our writing tutors were the fabulous Stephen May and Emma Jane Unsworth. It was a really special week, not just because of the inspiration we got from our brilliant tutors, but because I found … Continue reading A Guide To Writing For Me, By Me