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…

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…

When January isn’t what you thought it would be

Can you believe January’s nearly over? At this time of the year many of us are at our weakest. Maybe we’ve given up on our New Year Resolutions, or we’re ploughing on but we’re lost in the gloom of winter, shivering away against the wind. Maybe we’re still financially broke after Christmas, or we’re feeling…

2018 – A Year of Adventuring

Between Christmas and New Year, I lose myself in wistful thinking. Away from my day job writing in an office environment, I become solely focussed on what I want to do. It’s short-lived of course, as in a matter of days I have to become a square peg in a square hole again, but for…

How to write when you have a day job

Pondered, queried, and despaired over… This one’s a toughy, I can’t deny it. I work full time myself, but am also trying to paint my life as a poet, a novelist, and occasional features writer. I’ve had uncountable bits and pieces published here and there over the years, have just launched a collection of poetry…

Neon Literary Magazine

For the second time I’ve been included in an issue of Neon Literary Magazine. Having poetry publishing in Neon is always a joy – it’s an amazingly high quality magazine, a keepsake in its physical body, and a true escape in its digital form. Krishan Coupland is a star curator of the uncanny, the weird,…