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Monthly Updates

My monthly blog on what I’ve been up to, writing updates and things I’ve found interesting.

A reflection on the year

I always like reflecting on the past year as we sit in that time after Christmas and before the New Year is rung in. It’s a chance to step back and see the work and memories that you’ve made over a longer period of time – the months might fly by but the year in … More A reflection on the year

Winter Evening Thoughts

Somehow it’s already three days into December, and it’s only now I’ve realised I had yet to write a monthly blog update. It’s fitting, really, given how this month has gone. I’ve read a lot more and written a lot more, which has meant my blog break I started in October has extended into November … More Winter Evening Thoughts

Having Stepped away for a Moment

This month I’ve stepped away from the cycle of blog posts and updates. And actually, it was pretty damn good as a month. Sometimes, you have to recognise there is just not enough time in the day. October has been that month, coupled with the inevitable autumn cold and social gatherings starting to murmur into … More Having Stepped away for a Moment

A Bit Too Tired

This month can be summarised with one phrase: I am so f**cking tired. I intended to use September as an achievement month. A time to set myself a ridiculous 30k word goal and go smash out those words to get my novel to the next stage. A time to bake some more bread, finish the … More A Bit Too Tired

Blogs

My thoughts on all things fantasy, writing and anything else.

What I thought about Jade City

Armed with a new kindle and a resolution to read some more books, I went on a buying spree at the start of 2021 for some new fantasy novels and world that I hadn’t read before. Having joined “bookstagram” over the pandemic, I’ve been exposed to a lot more diverse authors and stories that I … More What I thought about Jade City

Writers Block can be a Blessing

It’s not just all about the negative when it comes to writer’s block. In fact, I think writer’s block can be a blessing in certain circumstances. We’re too hard on our creative selves to create, create, created, and sometimes there is a point where you have to stop. You might need a break Last month … More Writers Block can be a Blessing

Monday Inspiration

My inspiration post-its, packaged as a blog post and shared with the internet.

Read More Stories (Monday Inspiration)

Reading is as important to be a good writer as it is to practice writing. You can see how other stories are constructed and written, how they’ve dealt with the same plot pains you have, how they’ve created tension and pacing. Reading also allows you to be a reader again, just a reader enjoying a … More Read More Stories (Monday Inspiration)

Be Kind to You (Monday Inspiration)

Writing is a creative hobby that is both individual and isolating. And there is a beauty in that, the individuality of your story is what makes it yours. And the isolation from the world is what gives your mind space to travel to far off places and create worlds so different to our own. But … More Be Kind to You (Monday Inspiration)

The First Draft (Monday Inspiration)

First drafts are supposed to be messy. They’re supposed to be full of holes and phrases that don’t quite work. The words that are in bold because you haven’t created that part of the world yet, or names of people you haven’t thought through. It’s okay if your first draft doesn’t work. Because your second … More The First Draft (Monday Inspiration)

Make Your Reality (Monday Inspiration)

You can make your dream into a reality. You can work towards it, day by day, until each tiny little change that you make, each tiny adjustment in your course, points you towards your goal. One day, you’ll stop and realise. You made it. You made your dream a reality. First Posted in April 2020

Don’t Burn Out (Monday Inspiration)

Passion projects are intoxicating because they are so involved. You can be sucked into them and loose all sense of space and time. It is just you and the words, and your act of creation. But remember to take a step back. To breathe. To give yourself time to recover. Otherwise you’ll burn out. First … More Don’t Burn Out (Monday Inspiration)

Be Limitless (Monday Inspiration)

Start showing yourself Be as limitless as your dreams. The dreams that are far beyond your reach and far beyond reason. Believe in that limitless feeling. That soaring hope you feel when you immerse yourself in that dream. You have as much chance in achieving that dream as you have any right to believe. So … More Be Limitless (Monday Inspiration)

What will be, will be (Monday Inspiration)

Start showing yourself It’ll be what it will be, your story. Whatever you create, even if it’s different from what you planned. Let your creativity take it’s course, and see what you can make. Featured Photo by Julian Hochgesang on Unsplash

Anything is Possible (Monday Inspiration)

Don’t limit yourself. Don’t limit your dreams. The world is big, your drive is unbeatable, and your dreams are special. Stop telling yourself that you can’t do everything. Start showing yourself that you can. First Posted in March 2020