Baking a Story

Don’t worry – I know the difference between cooking and writing! But I’ve been thinking that there are some similarities between baking a cake and writing a story: assemble ingredients – create a character/put him or her in a situation of conflict/add one or two more characters – a lover,... read more

Neglect characters at your peril

I’ve been incredibly busy lately – hence no posts for a while. It’s all been very enjoyable stuff and a lot of it connected with writing, but the worst thing is that I’ve done no work on my new novel Two Minutes from Eros. I started chapter three weeks ago, but 600 words... read more

Writing News

Lots happening on the writing front at the moment, so I thought it was time for an update. As some of you know, I’ve got a place on the Writing West Midlands brand new writer development scheme Room 204 . The aim of the scheme is to offer writers living... read more

Thinking about short stories

I’ve been reworking a couple of short stories recently and it’s made me realise (well, I already knew but it’s reinforced!) just what a challenging genre the short story is. A successful short story has to do so much in so few words – between 1000 (unless it’s flash fiction) and... read more

Brickbats and Bouquets

Last week I whinged on – with a certain amount of self-pity – about my failure to move from the shortlist to one of the winners of Fish Publishing flash fiction competition. People were kind and sympathetic and some even said they were glad I’d written about it, but really... read more

The Taste of Disappointment

It’s so easy to use blogging and facebook to share only successes and triumphs. In some ways, they give a skewed view of life. Only good things happen. Trails of glory follow in our wake. Life is an unending list of 🙂 😉 🙂 😉   Of course, we know failure and disappointment. We’ve all... read more

My Most Beautiful Thing

Today I’m taking part in the My Most Beautiful Thing Blogsplash inspired by Fiona Robyn’s book ‘The Most Beautiful Thing’. Bloggers from all over the world are taking part and writing or posting pictures of their most beautiful things today. It’s been really difficult deciding what to write about when... read more

Do You Flash?

Do you enjoy writing? Perhaps you haven’t tried, but would like to have a go. Whether you’re an experienced writer, or someone wanting to dip their toe in the water, why not join in Worcestershire’s flash fiction competition? As part of the celebrations for the first ever National Flash Fiction Day on 16 May... read more

The Battle of the Two Heroines

Thanks again to everyone who voted or commented on my Lily/Marsha dilemma. I loved reading all the comments and was interested to see people’s reasons for their choice. Obviously, Marsha won by a mile – but I was pleased that Lily had a ‘select’ band of supporters, as I am very attached... read more

Who has the rights to your writing?

Some years ago I was a regional winner in a short story competition with a story called The Worst Thing You’ve Ever Done.  As you can imagine, I was thrilled with the win and it was this win that finally persuaded me to do something I’d only dreamed of before... read more