“Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?” Kurt Vonnegut Writer’s block. We all know what it entails and we all know just how tough it can be to shake it off. Whether the block comes from an … More Stop The Block
Each writer-in-the-making has their own method to spark creativity or break through procrastination, lack of motivation and writer’s block. Several bloggers from the Surrey New Writers Festival team have already written some great advice on this subject, so I thought I would explore my own take on this — the importance of background music. “Music … More Music to Write by
2022 is already off to a flying start when it comes to book releases. From Hanya Yanagihara’s To Paradise, to Rosie Andrews’ The Leviathan, 2022’s releases have so far been equal parts illuminating, daring and innovative. The year has only just begun and we have many more months of rich and engrossing book releases yet to come, but which books … More Our Top Five Anticipated Books of 2022
As a kid that was a question I found myself asking repeatedly. I’d be completely petrified by even the tamest of ghost stories told by my friends at sleepovers and I just truly didn’t understand the appeal of terrifying yourself as, apparently, a form of enjoyment. Then, in my late teens, I started to get … More Why do people enjoy horror so much, anyway?
‘At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet’ Plato, The Symposium Every year, when Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, you are always bombarded with ways to impress and surprise your partner. Heart-shaped boxes of chocolate, bouquets of red roses, super adorable teddy bears which carry the message ‘I love you’, and some delicious … More Bring poems back this Valentine’s
“There is only one way I know I am done writing: when I am holding the finished hardcover in my hands for the first time and it is finally crystal clear that begging for a comma to be removed on page 134 will eventually, ultimately, mercifully do me no good.” Anonymous author As Kate Winslet … More Learning to let go of your creative work
Hands up if you cannot remember what you had for lunch yesterday! Right… me neither. ‘How in the world am I going to write a memoir then? Or an autobiography? Will the world have to live without knowing my deepest childhood traumas?’ I hear you ask. Well, no! If you are interested in writing a piece … More Should You Make Up Your Memoir?
Over my gap year, I was lucky enough to work with the Guildford-based video game studio Flaming Fowl Studios on adapting the hit board game Gloomhaven into a video game (something I know all my friends are sick of hearing about). During this time, I worked closely with the Creative Director and CEO on the … More Writing as a Team Player
“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” – Leo Tolstoy. January is a curious month. December – perennially busy with the festive hype and excitement of Christmas – has faded away, leaving many with a mixture of feelings. There are those who revel in the fresh start, the first … More New Year, Past Inspirations
‘January, month of empty pockets!… let us endure this evil month, anxious as a theatrical producer’s forehead.’ Colette, Journey for Myself (1922) Poor January, arguably everyone’s least favourite month. Coming straight after the festive warm and fuzzies of Christmas and the anticipatory excitement of New Year’s Eve, we inevitably wake up on January the 1st … More Starting the New Year Write