A Year of Writing: Days 131-140

Day 131 of #ayearofwriting and it is often hard to balance family, work and writing but as a writer you have to be a little selfish, set aside time to write, even if it is in a corner of a wedding reception. Writers like all people have many masks, and we have dilemmas too, more about that…

A Year of Writing: Day 121-130

Day 121 of #ayearofwriting and William Blake creeps into my story, as the people cling to his patriotic nature of Jerusalem, getting Blake wrong as so many have. Not the radical but the Nationalist. Saul is torn between the present and the past, and we see what he did, what he carries with him and that his…

A Writer’s Dilemma

There is the quintessential image of the writer at his desk, they brood, they beat their fevered brow waiting for the muse. For a start, when you have spinal problems you tend to jump for a bed, here I am in mine, writing away. Doesn’t it just scream tortured writing soul? It mainly cries bushy…

A Year of Writing: Days 111-120

Day 111 of #ayearofwriting and sometimes you don’t have to show the horror. Saul has done something evil in a bid to protect his family. The sad thing is that the safety he has found in the forest has only been an illusion. One reading is that Martha has goaded him to do this but the real…

A Year of Writing: Days 101-110

Day 101 of #ayearofwriting and I have made it into triple figures. There is a sense of achievement. I have started to submit the stories to publishers, and wait, as all writers do. One has gone out and come back, rejected, but the publisher asks to see more. Often writers who receive such rejections never submit to…

A Common Misconception

Part of this project, #ayearofwriting, involves an element of self-reflection, practice and craft discussion but what is coming to the fore more and more are people’s ideas on what it is to be a writer. Some of these ideas are from other writers who have contacted me to say why on earth am I writing…

A Year of Writing: Days 91-100

Day 91 of #ayearofwriting and I wonder how the church in the story collects alms. Then there it is, a piece of social history, the knocker upper. For those you unaware what one is, it was someone hired to wake you up so you were not late for work in the days before alarm clocks and digital…

A Quarter Way Through #ayearofwriting

It seems like a long time since I crowed about completing #100daysofwriting, it feels like a long time since I threw my hat in the ring and said, I would do more writing and that I would commit to #ayearofwriting. For those of you reading this and saying, ‘Well, isn’t that what writers are supposed…

A Year of Writing: Days 81-90

Day 81 of #ayearofwriting and I am nearly a quarter of the way through this project, a mere 10 1/2 days more and a quarter of the year will have elapsed since I threw my hat in the ring. I’d like to say it’s been easy but there have been days when the fingers have been willing…

A Year of Writing: Days 71-80

Day 71 of #ayearofwriting and I am weeks from my first mile stone of treble figures. I am in a tent revival, the gospel has come to where I live (literally, the story is based in a nearby village. It seemed right to bring it close to places I know). There is my narrator from The Tin…

The Beast in the Machine

With the revelations that Cambridge Analytica have been harvesting our souls in the name of Brexit, Trump and all things social media the inevitable backlash waddles in the back door with cries of, ‘I never thought Facebook would do that to me!’. Across the land middle-class sensibilities and addresses have been given over to marketing,…

A Year of Writing: Days 61-70

Day 61 of #ayearofwriting and I am considering the art of drafting Day 62 of #ayearofwriting and The Tin Grasshopper story is complete.   Day 63 of #ayearofwriting and I am not feeling the new story. I know it’s a good idea, but it’s too Ballardian in tone, the idea of permissions, data protection and shopping. I need to put this…