What a year. And what’s ahead in 2019? (Here be some announcements!)

Hopefully you’re cosied up somewhere suitably blankety and mulled wine-y. I’m currently wrapped up in 4 layers of fleece and drinking pots and pots of tea. For us, New Year is spent inside, waiting for the bells to ring and for there to be another new beginning. It’s just that this time I’m pretty flippin’…

How to get published (and some free writers’ resources)

Whether you’ve been trying to find a publisher for a while, you’re trying to publish your own book, or you just fancy giving a single poetry submission a go – the question stands: What can I do to stand a better chance of getting published? There are LOTS of routes to getting published from digital-only…

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,…

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…