March Update

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, it’s been super busy here over the last few months. I juggle three jobs (social media consultancy, fashion blogging and of course writing) and the latter two have been particularly hectic since the new year. But it’s all exciting stuff, so here’s an update on the writing side [...]

Writing is Hard

Sometimes it’s the easiest thing in the world, and the words just flow from the tips of your fingers, effortless and perfect and true. But most days -

Most days it’s difficult.

There are a million other things that suddenly seem important when you sit down to write – for me it’s [...]

When Your Characters Surprise You

They’re sneaky things, characters, aren’t they? You think you know them, that you know where they’re taking the story, and then BOOM!

A hidden past! A terrible secret! A link to another character you never saw coming!

As a writer who’s a mix of plotter and pantster, I love it [...]

New Year Writing Resolutions

With New Year’s Eve just a day away, I thought I’d have a think about my writing resolutions for 2013. 2012 was a crazy year for writing – it way surpassed any writing dreams or goals I had for it. If I’m honest with you, I’ve only ever had one dream in [...]

My Next Big Thing

There’s a blog chain going around at the moment where writers discuss their ‘next big thing’ – the book they’re currently working on or is set to come out next. I was honoured to be tagged for this by Philip Reeve in his NBT post, who is one of my favourite authors, and just such [...]

How the John Lewis Christmas Advert is a Perfect Story

Ok, so no story can be perfect perfect, but this advert is a fantastic example of wonderful storytelling. There’s a lot us writers can learn from it about crafting stories. It has all the right ingredients to make it a stunner, and pulls them together with style and elegance, and for something that is just [...]

The First Post

Shiny new blog alert!

This feels weird.

I’m quite an established blogger now – I am co-owner and editor of fashion blog Girl in the Lens, which is just over a year old and has been doing pretty well in the UK blogosphere – so it’s strange for me to be looking at a blank [...]