Friday, 28 November 2014
1. If you're not reading you're not writing - One of the best ways to stay inspired and encourage yourself to write better is to read widely. I find that when I stop reading, my drive to write tends to go with it. Always have a book on your Kindle or bedside table...
2. Accept that some days you'll have doubts - On days when self-doubt hits a low and the road ahead looks impossibly long, it's important not to panic. Instead know that these feelings of fear will pass and to accept not everyone feels confident 100% of the time. This is when I tend to make notes on what I'm feeling critical about and then I'll leave my book till I'm in a better mood. A new day tends to help!
3. Don't spend too long editing - I can get caught up re-wroking sections instead of concentrating on writing the story further. Try to harness a good balance and know you can always come back to certain sections later, but developing your story is only going to help you realise what works and what doesn't.
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!
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.
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.)
Posted by Stephanie at 06:45
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.