A handful of years ago, in London, I walked out of a beautiful, butter-stoned hotel, opposite Hyde Park. Magic surrounded me. I'd just finished a spiritual course and I was full of love and joy. It was one of those beautiful afternoons when the world was drenched in light and the air was uncharacteristically warm… Continue reading How writing fiction taught me to love.
As a writer, it's easy to feel insecure. Even after you've completed your first precious draft, even after you've won a competition or two, even after a publisher says the magic word. Even when you see copies of what was once a dream on the shelves of your favourite book store. I suspect that even… Continue reading Writers, are you too tough on yourself?
Love to the misfits, those who feel out place, the poets, artists, musicians and writers, truth seekers, deep sea divers of life, philosophers, the lost and lonely, knights and goddesses of the light, those who have a kind word when all around them is hate. Love to the volunteers, the teachers, the exhausted parents, those… Continue reading You might not know this but you saved the world.
Murder your darlings The famous words have been attributed to William Faulkner, Ginsberg, Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch and many others. In the end, it doesn't matter who wrote (or said) them, is the phrase good advice? And when it comes to editing our stories do we need to be so brutal? I suspect we do. No matter how… Continue reading Don’t like murder? Try this instead
I don't know who you are. I don't know if you're a powerful individual or a legion of devils. But I bow to your brilliance. How clever of you. Just when we were starting to lower our swords in the war of the sexes and remove our race distorting headgear, you threw one of the… Continue reading Group Haters, sign up here!
Yesterday, I read the final paragraph of a beautiful unpublished manuscript. I was excited for the writer because it was a terrific read and even better, not much work was required to get it ready to send out into the world. Mind you, the thought of sending a copy of one's manuscript out to publishers… Continue reading Feeling rejected? You’re not alone.
From the moment we are born, we are taught to seek outwards. To listen externally. To search for answers elsewhere. Copy others. Follow the leader. We end up becoming so out of touch with who we are and what we need that we are easily manipulated by everything and everyone around us. We search desperately for… Continue reading Five tips for living in an insane world