My teeth are the resting place of a hodgepodged smile. I press my fingertips into my mouth, to feel them. My fingernails are searching for a shred of my voice that might be stuck between my teeth. Instead, I find seeds of doubt sticking to my molars, and this poem hiding under my tongue.
So, what have I been up to?
Doubt comes in many forms, and it can arise from a number of different situations, whether you are aware of it or not. Sometimes, when you doubt yourself for too long, you end up losing a lot of your confidence, which can harm you and cripple your creative mind. The following points are some things I've … Continue reading 5 Things To Do Immediately About Creative Self-Doubt
In February last year, storm Doris hit Cornwall. Minutes after the rain stopped, I went outside to see the aftermath. I wasn't expecting to find so much beautiful scenery.
Over the years, coffee has proven itself as one of the most reliable companions to fiction. This has been documented in many instances. There is a brilliant poem by Richard Brautigan from Revenge of the Lawn. It starts as follows: 'Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee affords.' I … Continue reading Coffee and Literature Have a Lot More in Common Than You Think
This storm in a cup has been brewing a long time. It's time I hit 'Reset' on my writing life and enjoy a cup of decaf instead. There comes a point in most writers' lives when they feel self-doubt creeping in. As with most other things, this is a perfectly normal response to the act of … Continue reading Hitting the Writing ‘Reset’