Category: editing

  • What’s The Best Piece of Writing Advice You’ve Ever Been Given?

    What’s The Best Piece of Writing Advice You’ve Ever Been Given?

    I’m twenty-four years old. Despite the bright red curls, nervous smile and the smooth movement of tipping the cool pinot grigio to my lips, inside there’s a smaller version of myself running in circles around my head and screaming: ‘You’ll fall over! You’ll get out of breath trying to read! You’ll mess it all up […]

  • When can you call yourself a writer?

    When can you call yourself a writer?

    Do you confidently call yourself a writer? Or does the word feel alien on your tongue, somehow ridiculous when it comes out?  If calling yourself a writer makes you bristle, you’re not alone. When I’m at the hairdresser, or the doctor, or making general chat with the checkout operator, whenever they as me what I […]

  • New Year, New You: Change the Way You Think About Your Writing Goals

    New Year, New You: Change the Way You Think About Your Writing Goals

    What have you achieved this year?  Intensified by the hyper-filtered, rose-tinted reel of social media, many of us spend an inordinate of time worrying whether we’ve achieved enough. Perhaps the novel you planned on completing by June is still no more than a 1500 word document you mostly forced yourself through in the first week […]

  • Is Perfectionism Blocking Your Writing Process?

    Is Perfectionism Blocking Your Writing Process?

    I’ve written a few posts now on overcoming creative blocks and editing your creative work to get it ready for submission. However, a key part of the writing process I haven’t written about – and perhaps we as writers often hide from the outside world – is the whole messiness of the creative process itself. […]

  • Collaboration: Your Free, Powerful Writing Tool

    Collaboration: Your Free, Powerful Writing Tool

    We’re naturally drawn to gossip. Writing rivals? Intriguing. Feuds with publishers? Tell me more. Drama over book awards? Let me pull up my seat. But working together with other writers to create truly unexpected pieces of creative work? Yawn. No one wants any of that. Yet in times where social media trolling is rife, tensions […]

  • Writing as Therapy: Invisible Illness as a Character in Writing My Second Book

    Writing as Therapy: Invisible Illness as a Character in Writing My Second Book

    I’ve been meaning to write this blog post for quite a long time. I’ve recently delivered workshops on the subject and with Small due to be released in October, I feel now is the time to share with you how I wrote it in the hope it can help you too. On an early run […]

  • How to Edit Your Writing Before You Submit

    How to Edit Your Writing Before You Submit

    Writing is just one step in getting your work published. You might have spent weeks researching the context of the piece you’re writing and now, finally, you’ve written the final word. You lift the sheet of paper from the printer and hold it up against the light like you’re auditioning for a part in The […]