March – On Rejection

There are things they don’t tell you about being an agented fiction writer. Some of this stuff, I learned the hard way when I briefly picked up the interest of an agent’s assistant on my first novel, way back in 2012. The interest proved to be short-lived. When you’re in the querying trenches, it seemsContinue reading “March – On Rejection”

Visitor’s Guide: Ravenscourt Manor

About an hour’s drive from Eboracum in the north of Anglia, deep in the pre-historic forest known as the Blackwood, the crumbling ruins of an ancient manor house lie abandoned to the elements. The oldest stones of the house that once dominated Ravenscourt Manor were laid back in medieval days. Between then and now, however,Continue reading “Visitor’s Guide: Ravenscourt Manor”

The Absolute Beginner Writers’ Guide: Freewriting, or how to get started with creative writing in just ten minutes

Writing, like any other craft takes practice. Take the pressure off your writing and let the words flow with this versatile and fundamental writing exercise.

Salvaging Stories: On the Publication of Like Clockwork

Click Here to read Like Clockwork. Back in 2007, I found myself in a place that was becoming all-too-familiar in the worst possible way. Once again, my mind and body had betayed me, and several weeks removed from the flow of my life was the result. From the barred window of my room in theContinue reading “Salvaging Stories: On the Publication of Like Clockwork”

An Advent Calendar of Prose Poems 4

It’s officially the beginning of The Season. This year, I’m challenging myself to write a piece of prose poetry for each of the days leading up to Christmas. This is week four — for days one through six, start here, days seven through twelve, here, and the previous days here. Check back for new onesContinue reading “An Advent Calendar of Prose Poems 4”

An Advent Calendar of Prose Poems 3

It’s officially the beginning of The Season. This year, I’m challenging myself to write a piece of prose poetry for each of the days leading up to Christmas. This is week three — for days one through six, start here, and days seven through twelve, here. Check back for new ones regularly, and let meContinue reading “An Advent Calendar of Prose Poems 3”

An Advent Calendar of Prose Poems 2

It’s officially the beginning of The Season. This year, I’m challenging myself to write a piece of prose poetry for each of the days leading up to Christmas. Here comes week two — for days one through six, start here. Check back for new ones regularly, and let me know your thoughts! 7 | ChristmasesContinue reading “An Advent Calendar of Prose Poems 2”

An Advent Calendar of Prose Poems

It’s officially the beginning of The Season. This year, I’m challenging myself to write a piece of prose poetry for each of the days leading up to Christmas. Trying to get back into the rhythm of writing prose poetry — we’ll see how it goes. Check back for new ones regularly, and let me knowContinue reading “An Advent Calendar of Prose Poems”

Rivers of London Award Shortlist Interview: Dan Buchanan

The skeleton of my story … serves as a useful guide, not only in terms of inspiring the questions my world-building needs to answer, but also as a kind of framework on which I can bounce the story around, and chop and change as needed. Dan Buchanan on knowing the story you’re telling Shortly afterContinue reading “Rivers of London Award Shortlist Interview: Dan Buchanan”

Rivers of London Award Shortlist Interview: Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson

This is a story we are hesitant to tell… Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson – The Principle of Moments Shortly after Gollancz’s Rivers of London Award, I got in touch with the winners and other shortlistees to find out more about them and thier projects. In this post, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson talks to me about her winning novel, TheContinue reading “Rivers of London Award Shortlist Interview: Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson”