The new writer’s guide to creative writing workshops

Photo by Startup Stock Photos on Pexels.com A writer friend of mine recently confessed that she found the idea of a small group workshop with an established author intimidating. Although she had already self-published several novels, and was no stranger to criticism and feedback, the thought of sitting at a table with a 'serious' author … Continue reading The new writer’s guide to creative writing workshops

A flash of brilliance: why emerging writers should write flash fiction

My first published story was a work of flash fiction. I didn't realise it at the time; I don't think I had even heard of the term flash fiction when I wrote 'Perseveration'. An idea came to me—a moment that begged to be put into words—and for once the story flowed. It was fuelled by … Continue reading A flash of brilliance: why emerging writers should write flash fiction

Trolls, traps and treats: tips for the newcomer to Twitter

Twitter is a divisive social media platform: people either love it or hate, and sometimes both on the same day. When I decided to build my social media presence a year ago, I set up a Facebook author page and began to engage with the writing community on Twitter. At first, Facebook seemed the more … Continue reading Trolls, traps and treats: tips for the newcomer to Twitter

Taking stock: the importance of reflecting on the writing journey

Social media feeds display a carefully curated view of other people’s lives. It’s easy to become bogged down in the extraordinary achievements of Twitter friends, and feel that you’re floundering. Left behind on the slush pile while others forge ahead with their brilliant literary careers. In view of that feeling, and a few recent rejections … Continue reading Taking stock: the importance of reflecting on the writing journey