Monthly Archives: October 2013

Hey! Ho! Na-No!

Yes, it’s almost that time again. I’m going to have more time for NaNoWriMo this year than I did in 2012 as I’m working part time, so I’m hoping to write more than 50,000 words, as I did over the

Hey! Ho! Na-No!

Yes, it’s almost that time again. I’m going to have more time for NaNoWriMo this year than I did in 2012 as I’m working part time, so I’m hoping to write more than 50,000 words, as I did over the

Drafting & Redrafting

So you’ve written a poem. Now what? Last week I wrote a poem inspired by the inimitable Rosie Garland, and since then I’ve been attempting to edit it. I still have several drafts going back and forth, so I thought

Drafting & Redrafting

So you’ve written a poem. Now what? Last week I wrote a poem inspired by the inimitable Rosie Garland, and since then I’ve been attempting to edit it. I still have several drafts going back and forth, so I thought

Creative Writing: When Research Matters

Every year I intend to go along to lots of events at the Manchester Literature Festival, and every year I completely fail in my task. This year, at least, I did make it to one. Along with the new(ish) Creative

Creative Writing: When Research Matters

Every year I intend to go along to lots of events at the Manchester Literature Festival, and every year I completely fail in my task. This year, at least, I did make it to one. Along with the new(ish) Creative

Making Found Poetry with September Tomatoes

Lately I’ve been searching for new exercises and activities to do with my writing group. One which I haven’t yet tried, but always wanted to, was to take an existing poem (or other text), cut up all the words, and

Making Found Poetry with September Tomatoes

Lately I’ve been searching for new exercises and activities to do with my writing group. One which I haven’t yet tried, but always wanted to, was to take an existing poem (or other text), cut up all the words, and

Predictive Poetry

I’ve been struggling with writers’ block for the past few weeks, so I’ve been searching for ways to find inspiration in the things around me. One method I’ve been using more and more of late is found or sculpted poetry.

Predictive Poetry

I’ve been struggling with writers’ block for the past few weeks, so I’ve been searching for ways to find inspiration in the things around me. One method I’ve been using more and more of late is found or sculpted poetry.

The patchy ethics of writing about friends

It’s been said that you shouldn’t sleep with a writer unless you accept that they will probably write about you. I think this is true of having any kind of relationship with a creative person, but I think there’s more

The patchy ethics of writing about friends

It’s been said that you shouldn’t sleep with a writer unless you accept that they will probably write about you. I think this is true of having any kind of relationship with a creative person, but I think there’s more

Story :: Taking Leave

A wee sequel to last week’s piece. I really need to make time for some longer stuff! . Taking LeaveĀ (166 words) Chloe couldn’t sleep. It was a physical impossibility. Her programming allowed her to enter a state of rest that

Story :: Taking Leave

A wee sequel to last week’s piece. I really need to make time for some longer stuff! . Taking LeaveĀ (166 words) Chloe couldn’t sleep. It was a physical impossibility. Her programming allowed her to enter a state of rest that