…the surgeon and the patient

27.You read Richard Selzer’s essay, The Knife, where he describes his experiences in the operating theatre, proposing that ‘if the surgeon is like a poet, then the scars [he has] made on countless bodies are like verses into the fashioning of which [he has] poured [his] soul.’ You have variously equated your writing with theContinue reading “…the surgeon and the patient”

…the eclipse of birds

6.You come to a place of understanding—you are in the midst of your own eclipse. In A Short Philosophy of Birds, Philippe Dubois and Elise Rousseau tell of the vulnerable moulting phase of ducks as they experience an ‘eclipse’ of plumage. They are grounded, paused, waiting for new growth until they can fly again. AnimalsContinue reading “…the eclipse of birds”

Listening to George

Last week, I went on one of those creative roller-coasters that only happen occasionally.  It involved walking around the local park on a bright wintry day letting my thoughts follow their own course, beginning with how tired and low I was feeling, onto the Australian bush fires, then to reminding myself to look for theContinue reading “Listening to George”

Sometimes words are not enough…

I’ve always believed that words have the power to do anything you need them to do, whether it’s to tell a story, express an idea, or rouse people to support a cause.  The written word is there for us to fulfil our need to communicate, a part of our biological make-up that we often takeContinue reading “Sometimes words are not enough…”

The Lure of the Unfinished Ending.

I’m having an unintentional Matthew McConaughey season at the moment (see previous post TV addiction — Food for the Creative Mind), and last night I watched Killer Joe, a dark film where McConaughey plays a deeply sleazy character with such conviction you’d be forgiven for thinking his dubious torso-stripping action/rom/com phase ever existed.  His breakContinue reading “The Lure of the Unfinished Ending.”

TV Addiction — Food for the Creative Mind

One of the joys of the box set age of televisual viewing is that services such as Lovefilm and Netflix enable dedicated story lovers to acquire a new obsession at the touch of a button.  Searching for the next spare hour when I can watch another episode makes the addiction almost drug-like, but has theContinue reading “TV Addiction — Food for the Creative Mind”

‘The Writing Process’ Blog Tour

Ever since I started the journey to becoming an independent writer, I’ve been reading about various marketing strategies and ways to be a part of the digital writing age (writing a blog is a really good start, apparently).  I’d heard about blog tours without really knowing what they were about or how to get involvedContinue reading “‘The Writing Process’ Blog Tour”

Writing with Stanislavski.

This week while planning my new novel and thinking about my main character, I stumbled across the Stanislavski Method.  This is actually a way for actors to inhabit their characters  and give a more authentic performance, but it applies to writing equally as well (not to be confused with ‘The Method slash De Niro’ wayContinue reading “Writing with Stanislavski.”

Imagining a Brave New World

I am currently at that very exciting but very daunting stage of planning a new novel.  I’m using the word ‘new’ in the loosest sense, because it’s actually going to be based on a novel I wrote about five years ago.  It was rejected by publishers at the time and of course with the benefitContinue reading “Imagining a Brave New World”

The Glitter of the Grade

It’s that time of year again.  The shops are full, the fairy lights are going up, and my students are handing in their submissions before going home for the holidays.  For the next couple of weeks writing may be low on the list of priorities, but when we come back in January, thoughts often turnContinue reading “The Glitter of the Grade”