100 Days of Writing: Days 53-57

Day 53 of a #100daysofwriting and I am struck by an image of a mother packing. As the image progresses I begin to realise that she is packing her daughter’s bag, as the torches in the valley creep closer to their home. The daughter doesn’t notice until too late that her mother doesn’t pack. It’s the only…

100 Days of Writing: Days 48-52

Day 48 of #100daysofwriting and unlike writing a novel, a short story affords you the chance to hold it complete in your hand. You can go back to the start, unpick the threads and allow them to weave back together. I know many writers who knit, as a child I used to knit, there is something calming,…

100 Days of Writing: Days 43-47

Day #43 of #100daysofwriting though it feels like we have been painting the kitchen for a thousand days. Part of being a writer is often the misconception of what it is to be a writer. You meet non-writers, I want to call them muggles but JK Rowling would kick my ass on twitter and it would fall…

100 Days of Writing: Days 38-42

Day 38 of #100daysofwriting and I am stalking like Jack the Ripper through the ghost stories of a Northern mill town. As we move with the ghost stories and tales of stolen giants, I can’t help but take notes. Ghosts are prominent in my work. Day 39 of #100daysofwriting and here’s a little of the start of the third…

100 Days of Writing: Days 33-37

Day 33 of #100daysofwriting and I am pulling together materials for a paper for the University of Tasmania. I have my Sensei with me. Day 34 of #100daysofwriting and I am exhausted. My back is not playing ball and the medication I am on is draining me. I type today but most of it is nonsense, I think of…

100 Days of Writing: Days 27-32

Day 27 of #100daysofwriting and my son is sick, so I am scribbling today. Day 28 of #100daysofwriting go away I am writing. When the door is open you can listen in. Day 29 of #100daysofwriting and my character Mausu has just compared space travel to a cat’s cradle. I wonder if this is a Vonnegut thing. I’ll have to check,…

100 Days of Writing: Days 22-26

Day 22 of #100daysofwriting and I have moved from the bear to the stars. Started a story about what will happen to sailors 5 billion years from now. The Earth will be dead, half the universe will be extinguished and we will be moving into a cosmos full of dead stars and black holes, how can anyone…

100 Days of Writing: Days 16-21

Day 16 of #100daysofwriting and I am at the end of Draft 7 of a 6,000 word story. This means in roughly 50 hours I have gone through several drafts, in this one before the edits I have been ruthless pulling out anything that doesn’t add anything to the story. For example, there is a sequence between…

100 Days of Writing: Days 10-15

Day 10 of #100daysofwriting and a walk ends with me finding a hardback gem in the charity shop. Day 11 of #100daysofwriting and I amazed that (A) I have made it this far, (B) how much work can be achieved in just 30mins or 1 hour. It’s as if the world recedes to a distant muffled fall, you know…

100 Days of Writing: Days 4-9

Day 4 of #100daysofwriting and I am in a the midst of the old kitchen, which seems apt as I am writing about goose fat and its three uses. Day 5 of #100daysofwriting the B&B my story is set in owes much to a place I went past on the 617 bus for two years when I was 16-18….

100 Days of Writing: Days 1-3

Started on #100daysofwriting slipping into a short story or two never completed. Evening 2 of #100daysofwriting and in the hour before putting my son to bed I am pondering the origin of the B&B in my story, part Wigan bus trips in my teens and working in hotels later on. Hotels have always been a place of stories they…

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Be wary! Be very wary! All hail the New Year list! Yes, those lists that are prevalent after the fat food and drink that faded our memories. Tell us ten books you read! Tell us all about ten albums that defined your teenage years! List ten people who broke your fucking heart! We have all…