Here’s a fun little short read about decisions we make in life. Let me know what you think in the comments. The Note It was written on a simple piece of light blue notepaper. A page torn from a book. Nothing remarkable about it. Except, of course, for the words. ‘We have your husband.’ Straight… Continue reading
Domestic violence monologue
This is a monologue I’ve written about domestic violence. I was aiming to capture the subtlety used in isolating the abused person from family and friends, then making them financially dependant on the abuser for almost everything. Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think of this piece, or any suggestions… Continue reading
The Crimson River
No one will believe this was an accident. He stares in fascination at the crimson river staining his hands. This is bad. So, so bad. Better get rid of the evidence. Quietly, he opens his bedroom door and listens. The voices he hears are deep in the bowels of the house. Far enough away for… Continue reading
Inspiration is all around us
Sometimes it can feel as though your imagination has dried up and you cannot think of a single thing to write about. This can be very frustrating, and quite upsetting. Here’s a little trick I find useful to counteract this. Find a building. It can be any building in any condition. Study it, and let… Continue reading
What is process and how to find yours.
Writers talk A LOT about process. It’s a fairly frequent question in author interviews, and it is an important part of writing. But what does it mean? Process is about how you write/complete a work. For some, it’s important to nail their process down before they start. For others, they make it up as they… Continue reading
Books that have helped me to learn.
I have read a few books written by other writers, so I thought it might be nice to discuss a couple of these with you. They may turn out to be helpful to you too. The first one I’m going to recommend is Stephen King’s ‘On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft’. I’m not… Continue reading
Let’s talk collocation…
Collocation is fascinating to me, as a writer. For those who don’t know (and I’ll use my own simplistic explanation, which might be all wrong but it’s how I see it) collocation is when certain words are grouped together to make a ‘usual sentence’. So, if someone says, ‘I’ll make a nice cup of…’ most… Continue reading
Create a quick story using only one syllable words
Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it? This is one of the exercises we were set during a writing class. It’s fun to do and you can get quite creative with it. Mine’s went something like this: I ran, it ran. I hid, it found me. ‘No,’ I cried. ‘Stop.’ It did not stop. It was life.… Continue reading
Why do you want to write?
This was one of the first questions we were asked when we started our degree course. There were around 30 students, all different ages and backgrounds, all different styles and genres. Some students had clearly given this some thought, but I didn’t really know what to say. How did I explain to a room full… Continue reading
Currently coming to the end of a 4 year BA (Hons) in Creative Writing, I would like to pass on some of the things I have learned to other new writers, and share some of the work I have created during class. I would really appreciate any feedback in the comments whilst I ponder my next move in life.