REVIEW: My Name Is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

This was one of those books that I had seen around Waterstones a few times, but never got round to buying. But, as part of my HUGE post Christmas book haul (video to come soon, promise), I finally bought My Name is Lucy Barton. All I really knew about the book was that it is…

Short Stories Everywhere!

Over the past six months or so, there has been a huge trend in publishing. Short stories have made an epic return. A year ago and it would be a very rare thing for me to buy a short story collection, but in the last three months I have read three collections and when I…

Planning a Novel

For a long time I didn’t plan my writing. You could say that I am a reformed planner. After failing to complete my last MS, despite loving my characters, I realised that what had stopped me was not knowing where my story was going to end. In a recent discussion with my writing mentor, Jenn,…

Some Writing Prompts

Today I thought that I would share a few prompts in the hope that you will take a break from work and write something for ten minutes. All these prompts can be short and sweet, but they can also be used to start something longer. I also think that the poets out there can get…

What’s been inspiring me this week…

I’ve been thinking about inspirational writing quotes this week. When I was a teenager a school friend made a poster with writing quotations and I had it on my wall for years. Whenever I was struggling with my writing I would look at those words and feel a little better. My favourite since then has…

How to keep writing when you’re travelling.

As I mentioned in my last post I am currently away from home. I’m in Toronto at the minute and will be travelling to Niagara Falls, Michigan and New York over the next two weeks. I don’t know about other writers but I’m a creature of habit when it comes to my writing. I like…

What’s been inspiring me this week…

This week I’m getting very excited because I’m going to Canada and America. I’m actually leaving tomorrow! As I’ve mainly be working on my novel I wasn’t sure that my inspiration would be useful to any other writers and creators out there. So instead I’ve decided to post some of my pictures from previous holidays, including…

Wanderlust

Alliterati’s next issue is going to have the theme of Wanderlust. This is the perfect opportunity for photographer, artists, writers and poets to gather up their work from the summer so far and create something exciting. The hope is that this issue, which will be published at the end of September, will have enough sunshine…

What’s been inspiring me this week…

This week I have been reading a lot. My writing has slowed a little as I have been quite busy but I always find time to read, whether it’s a chapter on the bus or ten minutes before bed. Good writing is always a big inspiration for me. So, I thought this week I would…

Top Tips for Writing a Novel

For those of us who dream of seeing our novels on the bookshelves of Waterstone’s and in the hands of readers who aren’t related to us, the biggest mystery is how to write and keep writing. The first moment of inspiration, when we have a bright new idea, feels like that really is all we…