All About My Writer’s Notebook

Most writers I know have an addiction to something (coffee, Twitter, notebook&pens etc.) I have been collecting notebooks for years and years, and recently I have started to make my own. I really enjoy crafting my own supplies. I feel like it gives me a certain kind of creative independence, and it allows me to … Continue reading All About My Writer’s Notebook

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Ruth – A Novella

I think I'm at a point deep enough into the writing process where I am comfortable to publicly talk about my project. For the past six months, I have been working on a three-part novella called Ruth. I wrote the first 10,000 words of it for my Creative Writing dissertation. I think having an advisor … Continue reading Ruth – A Novella

10 Quotes That Inspire Me and Why

I'm a sucker for a good quote. I think the reason why is because the best of them distil the situation in one or two sentences and express exactly what I'm feeling.  When it comes to quotes about writing or that inspire my writing, I could talk about them all day, but for the purpose … Continue reading 10 Quotes That Inspire Me and Why

Why I Write

What is writing, after all? A form of communication. A listing of symbols through which we convey meaning. I am of the belief that it's a kind of magic. It's time-travel. It's the undenied profession of human existence. It's a ritualistic expression of self and discovery. It's catharsis, murder without jail. It's growing up on … Continue reading Why I Write

The Value of Personal Archives

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash  Most recordings and accounts of our lives are now being distributed online. 'Science and culture in the 21st century are born digital; today’s Einsteins, Rembrandts, and Bachs create and record their works on digital devices.' (1) We are archiving our lives in real-time, probably without even realising it. Everything … Continue reading The Value of Personal Archives

What’s Next for As I Write

Hello! Some of you may have noticed the tonal shift in some of my last posts, a bit more serious, more academic. That's mainly due to the fact that I have allocated some space onto my blog for one of my uni modules, Transitions: Writers in the Marketplace, which is all about exploring my author … Continue reading What’s Next for As I Write

Why the Author Persona is a Reductive Concept

There is a great deal of pressure in to stand out as a creative, and this is mostly due to an oversaturated market and overflowing media feeds. Marketing-savvy authors are expected to create a certain kind of image, a brand. "Brand not only tells the world who you are and what you stand for, but … Continue reading Why the Author Persona is a Reductive Concept

Defining Success as a Writer in the Marketplace

I want to talk about two things that have been cropping up a lot in the past few months in daily conversation as I am nearing the end of my writing degree: being successful and getting published. I want to discuss how they can be defined, and what they mean for me. What is success? … Continue reading Defining Success as a Writer in the Marketplace

Coffee and Literature Have a Lot More in Common Than You Think

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