Creative Writing – ‘The Struggles of Being Sophie’

Yesterday, my #NaNoWriMo project took a surprising turn: although I had originally focused the novel around three adult characters named Derek, Emma and Sarah, last night I ended up writing from the perspective of Derek’s eleven-year-old daughter Sophie. That twist almost didn’t happen: I arrived home soaked to the skin and feeling ridiculously, deliriously tired…

Creative Writing – ‘The First Sign’

This is a prologue to the short story ‘Pitiful … Or Am I?’ that I shared on this blog at the start of August. Now, as the month draws to a close, it feels right to return to it: to learn more about the determined, resolute character who leapt out at me, demanding to be…

Characters Have a Mind of Their Own! Plus: ‘2070’ Continued

Today, I’m reflecting on the strategies I’ve been using to combat writer’s block and continuing my 2070 story. Writers’ block is a difficult thing to overcome, but speaking from my own personal experience of dealing with the beast, I’ve noticed that certain things can be done to alleviate it. My own writers’ block usually arises…

Creative Writing – ‘Storm Warning’

Five fifteen, the alarm clock screams insistently, and then, after what seems like an interval of two seconds, five thirty. Shit! Really? Alan will kill her if she’s late into work again. Leanne stumbles blearily out of her bed and into the hall, her hands reaching out for the bathroom door. These 7 a.m. shifts will…

Preparing for Autumn and Reigniting the Creative Spark

It has been quite a while since I posted, thanks to life, work, and most significantly, a general sense of creative drought within my life. Today, I’m choosing to break the silence by writing about … well, creative drought. Given that my last post discussed literal drought, a distinct theme seems to be emerging here……

Creative Writing – ‘2070’ (Part Two)

This is a continuation of my most recent short story, 2070 (part one can be read here). In the previous instalment, Michael had walked to a purpose-built escape unit with his family to escape an imminent volcanic eruption on their island. He and his beloved elderly dog, Murphy, are now in an escape pod, hurtling…

Creative Writing – ‘2070’ (Part One)

This story is based on a dream I had a few mornings ago, shortly before waking up. It was one of those rare lucid dreams that I remember very clearly long after it has ended. I could envisage every detail so clearly: the evacuation of the Islanders from their homes; the oncoming storm conditions; the…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (The Full Story)

I have previously published Stuff Happened on my blog in three different instalments, but I also wanted to publish it here in one longer post, for those who would prefer to read all of the story at once. For people who prefer to read it in three parts, here are the links to part one,…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (Part Three)

This is the third instalment of a short story I’ve written called Stuff Happened. Part one can be read here, while part two can be read here. Stuff Happened: Part Three ‘Ah, there you all are now!’ Lynn’s broad grin greets them as they pull up to the gate. She is a middle-aged woman of…

Creative Writing – ‘Stuff Happened’ (Part Two)

This is the second instalment of a short story I wrote called Stuff Happened. The first part can be viewed here. UPDATE 20th May 2018 – the third part can be read here. Stuff Happened: Part Two The sound of the passing traffic is slightly overwhelming. Bébhinn cautiously gets out of the Jeep, assisted by…