Tag: literature

  • 10 Ways Writing Affects Your Confidence

    10 Ways Writing Affects Your Confidence

    So, you’re in the shower (your best writing ideas always appear suddenly when you’re in the shower). You’ve been in there 15 minutes but haven’t even touched the bottle of Original Source raspberry shower gel yet because you’ve just had your best writing idea yet. You lather up quickly, grapple for a towel, almost trip […]

  • How to Do Marketing as a Writer: A Basic Guide

    How to Do Marketing as a Writer: A Basic Guide

    Are you a writer tweeting into the void? Emailing into the abyss? Posting story after story on socials and watching the link to your book disappearing, unclicked, into non-existence every day? Marketing your writing likely isn’t something you’ll have been taught as part of a creative writing course, nor is it something anyone really prepares […]

  • 3 Lessons from a Year of Not Writing

    3 Lessons from a Year of Not Writing

    The gauzy illumination of fairy lights reveals the coloured spines stacked along every shelf and bedside drawer. There, a poetry book preordered the minute the writer announced it. Here, an anthology produced from a previous commission. And just there, a thoughtfully-selected collection gifted from a friend, with the tiny cursive note forever inked onto the […]

  • The Power of ‘No’ for Writers

    The Power of ‘No’ for Writers

    As a writer, we must always seek the word ‘yes’. We want editors to say ‘yes’ to those painstakingly-polished submissions. We want a ‘yes’ from the grant application for that great project idea. We want readers to say ‘yes’ when making the decision to buy our books or read our work. Likewise, we have learned […]

  • How to Perform Your Poetry Despite Nerves

    How to Perform Your Poetry Despite Nerves

    When I first decided poetry was my chosen path with writing, I’d gone into it assuming poets were the reclusive ones. As far as I was concerned, it was the novelists who did the big readings and were thrust into the spotlight; poets were quiet creatures, letting the lines in their verse do the talking. […]

  • Top Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

    Top Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block

    In my last post, I talked about the importance of stepping back and being kind to yourself if you’re finding it hard to write during these difficult times. Staring at the same four walls, not interacting with new people, and not embracing new experiences as you normally would will doubtless take a hit on your […]

  • The Top 10 Books That Inspired Me as a Writer

    The Top 10 Books That Inspired Me as a Writer

    As I highlighted in my previous post, writing is difficult right now for a lot of us. I want to thank everyone who responded with their own stories of how they’re struggling to write too; there’s a sense that we should just keep quiet and pretend we’ve got projects all simmering away when in fact, […]

  • Creativity in Crisis: Why It’s Okay Not To Make Art Right Now

    Creativity in Crisis: Why It’s Okay Not To Make Art Right Now

    The dry rustle of hands shoved into coat pockets is an act of protection, hugs are replaced by nervous nods, and to step out into the crisp sunshine more than once is to break the law. Social media is a flickering buzz of news articles, virus-related memes, and screenshots of Zoom meetings, a glass of […]

  • How to Overcome Self-Doubt in Writing

    How to Overcome Self-Doubt in Writing

    “If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh Ever feel like you’re being watched? Perhaps you’re trying to crack on with that novel. Or maybe you’re perched on a bench, trying to capture the landscape in front […]

  • Writing and Running: Miles of Inspiration

    Writing and Running: Miles of Inspiration

    “Most of what I know about fiction, I learned by running every day.” – Haruki Murakami  It had been a long, self-defeating eighteen months of avoiding writing. During a particularly challenging 2017-18, poetry had stubbornly evaded and, unsurprisingly, angered me.  “Read,” others had suggested. “Read until you feel inspired.” But reading did not make me […]