Magic Vision Writing Course (online)

At last – The Magic Vision Writing Course is here! Where Creative Writing meets the Law of Attraction I’m excited to share with you a set of simple but powerful tools from the creative writer’s toolbox with which you can craft an inspiring festive vision for anything you want – for yourself, for your community, […]

News Update

Hello. I’m back, taking stock. What on earth have I been up to since the wins I posted back in 2017?  I finished my first novel  – a crew of eccentric characters now in search of a literary agent. And working ‘officially’ on the second one. And, just today, submitted two stories to a flash […]

Story News

UPDATE My short story ‘Hotel Catatonia’ was Highly Commended and a runner-up in the 2017 Victoria Literary Festival writing competition (Canada). It was published in the competition anthology which you can buy here. And ‘The Rainbow Collector’ made it to the quarter final of the 2017 ScreenCraft Cinematic Short Story Contest.       

How The Creative Process Works

Lying on my yoga mat, focussing on my breathing, focussing on releasing the almost crippling tension in my neck and shoulders – suddenly it comes together. Dots join. It’s like a little explosion in my head. It happens instantaneously. That’s the creative process. I could never have arrived here by logical, linear thought. Only when […]

A Story of Mine

“Tortoise had become so demoralised by other, faster, nimbler animals bullying him that he lost all his self-confidence. Instead of feeling calm and unhurried and savouring every instant of Now, he yearned to be fast like cool, streetwise Hare. It’s not good to be a tortoise, he told himself. So Tortoise went into a decline, […]

Love Your Characters

The essential element of powerful fiction is not a twisty plot, pace, tension, effective writing… you can do all those things and still not engage the reader. The absolute key thing is that your reader CARE about your characters. Period. And how do you do that? By caring about them yourself. And how do you […]

Weaving Text

In a recent post we looked at how the creative process has many stages, and how writing is no exception, and how each stage requires different skills and tools. And how, when we get stuck or frustrated with our writing and maybe beat ourselves up, it’s often because we’ve forgotten or are unaware which stage […]

What a Vase from Portugal Can Teach Us about Writing

This vase was bought my late parents many years ago on holiday in Portugal. How did this vase start life? As clay. Formless and colourless. So how did it become a vase? Someone had an idea in their head – a design – and probably sketched it on paper. And then the potter had to […]

Big Mind Join Dots

Yesterday, on the way back from the shops, an idea hit me – a section of plotline for the second novel, which is currently mostly a bunch of freewrites and crappy drafts. You know that feeling, that holistic feeling when dots are suddenly joined in your head, or pieces of a puzzle that have been […]

Picasso for Writers

I’m going to be brutally honest here: writing is scary. It’s one of the big reasons  we procrastinate. That said, it’s taken me years of attempts at meditation, mindfulness, NLP, Ekhart Tolle etc etc to even begin to detach a bit from my thoughts; to observe what happens between a thought and the response to […]