Lest We Forget – ‘It Isn’t Yet Winter’, by Caroline Hardaker

Bit of a bonus blog today – I’m breaking the one a month rule! I wanted to share a poem of mine that’s recently been included in the ‘The Sorrow’ issue of The Linnet’s Wings magazine. It’s an issue dedicated to today’s centenary – 100 years since the guns were silenced. I wrote ‘It isn’t…

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Most of us have felt it. It might be when we’re starting something new, or when we finally find our feet – and then we falter. It’s the curse of the creative, and the sickness of innovation. But what is imposter syndrome? Basically, it can be summed up by the mental mantra: “I am a…

A day in the life of a writer

Life’s been pretty chaotic lately, for lots of reasons. Stressful on a lot of levels. It’s made me stop to really look at everything I’ve got going on – and you know what, it’s a lot! All good stuff, but I have a habit of putting myself through the ringer more than I should. So,…

Writing and Editing the Third Draft of Your Novel

So, you’re writing a novel, eh? Well that’s a humdinger. Quite the doozy you’ve got there. But think about it – by this point you’ve scrawled out your soul during the first draft, you’ve fallen into a brief convalescence-coma, and then you bravely set out to write and edit the second draft of your novel….

Spotlight on Mother’s Milk Publishing & Review of Poetry Pamphlets

In the early days, when I was on the lookout for small presses and indie publishers to submit to, Mother’s Milk Books stood out time and time again as a press with promise. It intrigued me, pulling at my respect for businesses and ventures with a real philosophy that’s held true to their heart. Over…

5 Best Free Resources for Writers

Trying to write but need some inspiration? Or perhaps you’ve written something incredible but there’s one sticky paragraph you just can’t get right? Behold – 5 best free resources for writers to solve all (or at least most) of your writing woes. I write for a living all day, every day, and though the internet…

What is a Poetry Pamphlet or Chapbook?

What is a Poetry Pamphlet or Chapbook? A rare thing happened yesterday. I’d spent the afternoon writing, and then doing the obligatory cleaning to make my house look less like a pigsty. Between chores and our evening meal I had a spare hour, and I sat in our old rocking chair by the glass doors…

What to see in Nepal if you’re a writer

Only two days ago I landed on UK soil after my few weeks travelling around Nepal. I knew I’d want to write a blog or two about it, but even now I’m not sure how to put it all down on paper/screen. You know when you experience something, how it can need a bit of…

When You Want to Hide

It’s March. WTF?! Two months of the year gone already. I’m currently sitting in my living room, typing by the blue light of the sun setting on snow. The hail is battering against the window, I’m wrapped up in 173 layers of wool and polyester and cat, and I feel… Odd. I’ve felt a bit…