Why your first draft is gold
Your first draft shouldn't be good but a broken mosaic of ideas and plans, a discombobulated blueprint, a myriad of ideas susceptible to change- an attractive mess. When Sylvia Plath wrote, she kept her rejection letters on her wall right in front of her, inescapable from her view. Plath quotes
Integral websites for every writer
An index of websites relevant to writers practice, development and enjoyment. This curated list was a labour of love, originating from a Reddit post in which the community bounced back many a suggestion. From this, I have pit together a list of websites that are incredibly valuable and important for
Writing with Sakinah Hofler
I came across Sakinah Hofler in her Ted Talk, ‘How to Use Creative Writing to Bear Witness’. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iU7LIge1fE] I was taken by her authenticity and view that creative writing is an opportunity to take control of our experiences. I was intrigued how Sakinah started
Flash fiction guide
One of the hardest things about flash fiction is the restricted word count and the skill of condensing so much into so little. I enjoy writing in short form (sometimes) because of the process of editing, replacing and shrinking- you are forced to be as powerful with your words as
Where does inspiration come from?
Where does inspiration come from? I recently watched a TED Ed video about inspiration, because I felt stuck and my inspiration, lacklustre. 30 odd minutes later, my view on inspiration was enriched. The very fact that I was looking for inspiration also made me think about how we seek the
How can you maintain writing momentum?
We all find ourselves short on inspiration and our writing can suffer for it. This article explores two modes in how we can approach creativity and ensure we are treating it in the best way possible. Thought: How can you think about creativity? - Your imagination- Despite your mind tricking
Six prose writing exercises
These six writing exercises encourage you to think more creatively and are easily adaptable and repeatable. These writing exercises have been adapted from writing workshops I have attended, others from my days as an English teacher and exercises I have tried and tested myself. 1. Timer on Choose how you
Time your Prose
As part of a writing exercise series (poetry and prose), I am sharing my own experimentation with these exercises. Some are from literary events I have worked out, my former teaching years and others that I have created. Rules: * Setting- 2 mins, Character- 3 mins, Conflict- 4 mins * This exercise