During summer 2016, I am following the 12-week course prescribed in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way (London: Pan Books, 1995). The book focuses on ways to re-discover your creativity. Each week, I will be posting an update on my progress. 'As blocked creatives, we focus not on our responsibilities to ourselves, but on our responsibilities … Continue reading Week 2 – The Artist’s Way
During summer 2016, I am following the 12-week course prescribed in Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way (London: Pan Books, 1995). The book focuses on ways to re-discover your creativity. Each week, I will be posting an update on my progress. Week 1 What's involved? Week 1's reading and tasks focus on reflection. Who has helped … Continue reading Week 1 – The Artist’s Way
The sun is out and the spring semester grades are beginning to roll in, which can only mean one thing - here comes summer! This year, I've got one enormous goal. On 15th August, exactly three months from now, I will be clicking 'SUBMIT' on my final portfolio for my MLitt Creative Writing. This will … Continue reading Summer Plans and The Artist’s Way
Hello again! It's been a busy few months while I've been hard at work on my current university project: editing and publishing a book on behalf of my local writers' group, Lockerbie Writers. It's been a fascinating process and one which is almost at an end. If you'd like to find out more about the … Continue reading Alastair Buchan Prize
Happy New Year! A fellow student on my MLitt Creative Writing recently shared this blog post with me, where writer Terry Fallis carries out 'the annual counting of [his] writerly blessings.' He certainly has worked hard and been blessed for it, as his long list of achievements is apparently only 'some of the highlights' of … Continue reading Review of 2015
As you'll know by now, my poem The Enchanted Forest featured as part of a light and sound installation on 30th November 2015. After publishing the details on my blog and Facebook page, I was contacted by a few people wishing me luck but who were unable to travel to Dumfries to hear the poem … Continue reading ‘The Enchanted Forest’ – A Recording
Oh. My. Goodness. I think, I THINK, I've just finished the first draft of my first ever novel!!!!! On 1st May 2015 I began what I dubbed 'the three month novel', based on an idea by Stephen King that novels are best written in one go while the idea is fresh and vibrant in your … Continue reading First Draft – DONE!
This morning I visited The Stove to record my poem, The Enchanted Forest. It's going to feature as part of ‘The Switch On’, an “all-day festival of the written word” taking place in Dumfries on 30th November to coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights. (You might remember me speaking about this on … Continue reading Recording My Poem
The writer's life is filled with rejection, but this week I was thrilled to receive some wonderful news - another accepted writing submission! My poem, The Enchanted Forest, will feature as part of 'The Switch On', an "all-day festival of the written word" taking place in Dumfries on 30th November to coincide with the switching … Continue reading The Enchanted Forest – Accepted!
Today is my final day of peaceful writing before my new semester at university begins in earnest! I'm still not at the end of my novel, but it's taking shape. I have a Prologue and have completed Part One (at least, it's done for now - it will no doubt alter substantially on the first … Continue reading Day 150 – Three Month Novel Update