Welcome to my blog!
As my tagline suggests I’m a writer and aspiring author. I recently graduated with a first class BA (Hons) English. I started out on the course thinking I’d leave my options open and study a little language, a little literature and a little creative writing, but the work-shopping process and creative writing department at my university sucked me in and won me over.
I know many people don’t believe that you can teach someone to write well – that a flair for creative writing is innate – and to a certain extent I agree. But what my classes gave me was the style advice and support of published and experienced writers and a huge confidence boost. I was sharing classes with people who were entering story competitions, writing novels and sharing stories and poems they’d written. I got to see how pieces of work changed over the drafting process. I learned that it was okay to scrap 90% of a first draft, and that even when you do that you may still have a little nugget of something that will end up a satisfying story or poem. So if someone asked me if it was worth it? I’d say “hell yes!”
During my degree I built up a decent portfolio of work. While some of it was marked as reaching a high standard, I now begin the process of revisiting each piece and redrafting. I begin my journey into the scary world of trying to make a living out of writing – and I invite you to come along with me.
This blog will be my little (or maybe not-so-little) record of all I find interesting, useful and even amusing about the world of writing. I will blog about writing competitions, magazine submissions, freelancing, my inspiration, helpful links and articles by others, writer’s block, the drafting process, that irritating typo you always miss, and of course, the all-important first novel I’m trying to finish.
I hope you’ll enjoy my ramblings and articles, links and brain-splats. I would be honoured to have your readership, and if you want to get in touch please do so. You can click the email link, leave a comment, or connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.
Thanks for reading!