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…

#NaNoWriMo: How I’m Maintaining My Momentum

A week ago today, I embarked on the wild ride that is NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. This annual writing odyssey – during which participants challenge themselves to finish the entire first draft of a novel in just one month – occurs every November. I’ve known about this formidable challenge for a couple of years,…

Creative Writing: ‘Your Solace’

You never believed that solace was in sight: It’s not our way, your conscience said. Our way is the path of fortitude: We are the rock that never bends to the wind, Even when tempest and disaster strike. Our way is the path of the tireless warrior: Ever-sacrificing, ever-selfless, Ever ready to place ourselves Into…

Creative Writing – ‘Freedom Is…’

Freedom is… Running on the beach, Carefree as a child in the glorious heights of summer, Shouting and hollering your joy to the four winds, Without a care for who may be watching. Freedom is… The first moment of the school holidays: Bursting out the gate, Racing your friends down the street, Laughter in your…

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…

Creative Writing – ‘Fragments’

Fragments The mask you wore Could no longer conceal The fragments beneath. Fragments Of your essence Remain in my mind In my heart In every joke I want to share And every moment of joy That is muted For your absence. I wonder where you are Where you were And why I never knew (Why…

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’ (Full Story)

This is the full version of 2070, which I previously published on my blog in two instalments (part one is here and part two is here). I’m posting it here in its entirety for people who would prefer to read it all in one instalment. This story is based on a dream I had last week,…