What’s your favourite Christmas film?

I think it is safe to say that I am about as much a film nerd as I am a book nerd. I also just happen to be the biggest kid when it comes to Christmas. Given that films are the whole point of Christmas (aside from the obvious – chocolate), it seemed appropriate for… Continue reading What’s your favourite Christmas film?


That’ll Do For A First Draft

As a writer, I want each word I put down on paper to have meaning and purpose. I want each one of them to make readers feel and think and yearn to read on. As such, there is one particular phrase that makes me cringe: “That’ll do for now.” “No!” I want to say in… Continue reading That’ll Do For A First Draft

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NaNoWriMo 2018!

October is a great month! Autumn really sets in and brings with it an incredible array of colours in the trees. It brings crisp, cold mornings and short days. Cosy jumpers, warm gloves, and hot drinks spiced with cinnamon. And for many writers, October brings with it one very important question: To NaNo, or not… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018!

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Guest Post – “Dialogue”

Guest Post by Sarah Jayne Tanner When we talk about writing novels, we talk a lot about structure, plot, character and themes, but not so much about writing good dialogue. At university, I studied for a BA English Literature with Creative Writing, and then went on to do an MA in Creative Writing, and I… Continue reading Guest Post – “Dialogue”



I am celebrating this week! I have been struggling with one of the characters in my current Work In Progress, but I have finally had a break-through in his development and it has had a massive impact on the direction of my book (not to mention my mood). This guy (and I will get on… Continue reading #CharacterCharades


Introducing: Turning Ideas Into Words

Hi there! Seems like I while since I have been updating on here. I am aware that posts have been sparse recently. This is mainly due to my own time management, but also due to me working away on my first novel. It is still in its first draft stage, but the more I write… Continue reading Introducing: Turning Ideas Into Words

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Guest Post – Banning Books

Guest Post by Sarah Jayne Tanner. Banning Books: Banning books gives us silence when we need speech. It closes our ears when we need to listen. It makes us blind when we need sight. – Stephen Chlosky


All Hallows Write

#AllHallowsWrite This is a writing challenge (like the Ice Bucket Challenge, but without the risk of hypothermia).


(B)Rain Stops Play

(B)Rain Stops Play - So, I feel like time is on fast-forward at the moment...


Rain Stops Play

Rain Stops Play: Writing through the unexpected - You would think that in a country like the UK, where the weather can be extremely unpredictable, that we would come up with sports where bad weather is not an inhibiting factor in determining if it is played or not – Cricket, Tennis, I’m looking at you...