Vulnerability: Ouch

Vulnerability: Ouch

Warning: this post contains some raw honesty and some bad jokes. I have committed to the honesty, and the jokes are an attempt to cover it up. I hope they fail. We’re at that point in the term where my students suddenly run for the hills. Not because they can’t stand...
Beginnings

Beginnings

I love this quote from Stephen King, whose thoughts on writing always strike a chord with me. Taking that first step is really intimidating sometimes. And opening lines are so important, we’re always – quite correctly – told. Here’s what he...
A Room of One’s Own?

A Room of One’s Own?

Do you need a dedicated writing space?   Where do you get most productive? Is it in a library, wrapped in silence and inhaling the quiet dedication of everyone else who looks far more committed and studious than you are? Or do you have Virginia Woolf’s...
Returning to Childhood

Returning to Childhood

WRITING IS FUN … isn’t it?   Remembering why I write is hard sometimes. Remembering that I love it, and that it’s supposed to be fun – rather than hair-tearing and stressful, and often squeezed into a corner of the day rather than prioritised. Why is this so...
On Writing

On Writing

    I’ve written a lot of blogs recently about television – what’s on, what’s good, what’s terrible, what do you think?! – and it feels like time to look at writing. It’s harder to blog about, because it becomes a more personal, intimate and potentially...