For years, the spare room in our house was a junk room. If you ever saw the episode of Friends where Chandler discovers Monica’s secret messy closet, you’ll have … Continue reading
When I was posed the question: “Dawn, which authors, dead or alive, would you invite to a tea party?” I knew that my tea party would be the most epic, delicious, rambunctious … Continue reading
You might think Baskerville Hall (of Sherlock Holmes/Hounds of… fame) is in Devon, but it isn’t. I’m glad I knew this before I set off down to South Wales for … Continue reading
I have to admit, I’m not generally a big poetry reader. But I’ve read enough to have firm favourites, and there are three poems in particular that have lodged … Continue reading
Long before I’d gained the ability to actually finish a story (no matter how brief) I was fiendishly scribbling down poetry, sometimes at a rate of two or three new pieces a day. I have notebooks full of poems dating back to when I first gained permission from my teachers to use joined up writing. Some of it isn’t even that bad, if I do say so myself.
I could bleat on about this all day, go on about what a difference it makes, but instead here are my five (reasonably succinct) reasons why finding your people is … Continue reading
How do you come up with story ideas? What a meaty question! Our imaginations are the result of a lifetime’s real-life experiences, countless films, books, TV shows and newspaper articles, as well as something that’s just … Continue reading
I always give this as a top tip for cracking writers’ block: go somewhere new. But the proviso is – go there to write, rather than just as a displacement … Continue reading