The truth on writing a book!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

"No one tells the truth about writing a book.... The truth is writing is hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. Even I have lied about writing. I have told people that writing this book has been like brushing away dirt from a fossil. What a load of shit. It has been like hacking away at a freezer with a screwdriver." Amy Poehler, Yes Please. Hilarious!

Mother & Baby

Just to update on publications my birth story, 'I couldn't have done it without...' was published in Mother & Baby's 14' November Issue. I never thought I'd share something so personal, however having read countless experiences (and watched many an episode of One Born Every Minute) whilst I was pregnant, I thought 'why not?' The story focuses on what helped me through my labour - you can pick up a copy of Mother & Baby in stores or via their website

I'm Back!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Hello again! I know, I know, it's been forever since I updated this old space of mine. Truth be told, over the last year I ended up taking an un-planned break from creative writing. Sometimes you simply need to re-charge and focus on other things. To live a little, to grow and learn a few life lessons whilst you're at it. So what have I been doing with myself you may ask? The last year has been full of freelance work, having a baby (!!!), launching a new lifestyle blog and moving to a new city way up in the north of Scotland. 

"Old ways won't open new doors." - Unknown 

For a while now I've felt the pull to start up Microsoft Word and see what happens... You might remember that previously I'd been working on my first book. So I thought I'd return to that, and rework the first chapters to help myself re-connect with the story. But no mater what I tried, the whole book still felt as stuck as when I'd left it. Like flogging a dead horse, I simply wasn't enjoying writing it anymore and if I've not loved writing it will anyone enjoy reading it?? 

It quickly became clear that I needed a new start. After all, so much has changed since I first started that story. Too much almost. In the end, it was surprisingly easy to bid my first book farewell (for now). But I don't see this first book as a failure by any means, instead it's taught me so much about how to go about my second attempt and what I need to do differently this time round.

The decision to start a new project was probably helped by the fact a fresh idea had come to me. How cliche, but it arrived parcelled up neatly in a dream of mine whilst I was staying in Edinburgh. I couldn't stop thinking about the story and characters - sometime later I ran it by a couple of family members and they gave me the encouragement to get to work on it.  

"If a story is in you, it has to come out." - William Faulkner 

I'm now quarter of the way into my new project and consumed in my comfortable writing bubble once more. So what can I tell you about this shiny new book idea... Well... It's a love triangle, between three twenty somethings living in London. Then one event turns everything upside down and life as they know it is gone forever. With three hearts on the line, a decision has to be made if any of them are to move forward. But is it the right one? 

So that's the latest. I can't wait to share the journey with you as this book takes shape. I'm going to post some small snippets from it here along the road, along with photos from my mood boards and my writing playlist! I hope once it's completed to reveal what songs inspired certain chapters. But we'll cross that bridge later. 

Here's to new adventures! Wish me luck (and as always, thank you so much for reading.) 

Cellardoor Magazine

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Here's a new short story of mine that was published in Cellardoor Magazine's Music Edition. Cellardoor is an online quarterly magazine, featuring plenty of stunning photography, art, culture, music and fashion. Basically a little bit of everything! I'm so happy to have been part of this brilliant edition. This short story is set in Edinburgh, against the backdrop of a cold winter's evening. You can read it in full here


Friday, 15 March 2013

a photo from our trip to Cambridge a couple of weeks ago

I'm still alive! Apologies for the recent hiatus. This year has found me taking on some new ventures, including more freelance work and dedicating time to my first book. Despite one of my new year's resolutions being 'time management', I've clearly been neglecting my little writing blog over here and I miss it! 

I thought I'd share some of the books currently on my 'to read' list:

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts (it's been on my bedside table for a while now but I will read this!!)
The Violets of March by Sarah Jio
A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
The Book of Lies by Mary Horlock
Gone Again by Doug Johnstone

Hopefully some new reviews soon!