Recipe for Heartbreak

(Apologies to any men reading this – you can always change the details to reverse the gender!)  Serves One Ingredients 10 sheets of A4 paper (I find 10 works best, although some people need more.) 1 pen – make sure the nib is sharp Ink – blood usually works well... read more

Music & Writing

I came to write something about the link between music and writing through two separate avenues. First, I was given a CD by Ed Sheeran for Christmas. Not having my finger on the popular music pulse, I hadn’t heard of him. (Feel better about that now I know he’s just won the... read more

The Excitement of Winning

I was going to post about something else today, but feel I have to write about winning the Cinnamon Press novel award with my novel The Piano Player’s Son. I am filled with joy at the affirmation of my writing. Publication isn’t until October 2013, and I hardly know how I shall contain... read more

What’s in a Title?

How significant is a title for a novel, a short story – or a poem? What do we expect of a title? A successful title will probably grab our attention – hook us in some way -intrigue, surprise or amuse us, or suggest something of the work’s subject or flavour. And what... read more

The Importance of Rewriting

Nabakov, best known for his work Lolita said ‘One cannot read a book: one can only reread it. A good reader, a major reader, an active and creative reader is a rereader.’ He goes on to explain his belief: ‘When we read a book for the first time the very process of... read more