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

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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

Prussia Cove Writing Trip

A beautiful backdrop, completely disconnected from the outside world and seemingly out of this decade, the dramatic coastal path stretching left and right. Does it make you want to pull out your pen and paper? Because this is the type of thing that really gets my creative juices flowing. I don't get a chance to … Continue reading Prussia Cove Writing Trip

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

A Day In the Sun

Snow Fell On the Day I Was Born On a cold December morning, a woman gave birth to her firstborn. She was full of love and excitement, and she held her daughter against her bare chest. The child was small, hot skin against her own, and cried out in the night from the adjacent cot … Continue reading A Day In the Sun

My Teeth – A Poem

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.

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