Corona and your career: You’re not a failure if you can’t do your thing full time

Another revisited post, yes – but one that feels really necessary right now. Lots of people in the creative industries are struggling with lost income and having to get jobs to supplement their losses – jobs which are often both low paid and time consuming, so leave little time to do anything else. Many will […]

Coping with coronavirus craziness: writing tips to help you if lockdown has left you no focus or no time

Guys, writing is hard sometimes. Like, really, really hard. And while a deadline or a paycheque can force you to produce something if your income depends on it, if that’s not the case – and many of us are facing uncertainty around our work at the moment – it can be a struggle to get the energy or […]

No concentration? No problem! No-pressure writing prompts for when your mojo is awol

Guys, writing is hard sometimes. Like, really, really hard. And while a deadline or a paycheque can force you to produce something if your income depends on it, if that’s not the case – and many of us are facing uncertainty around our work at the moment – it can be a struggle to get the energy or enthusiasm […]

Yes, you ARE still a writer if you don’t write every day

Like many writers or creatives, one of my resolutions this year (every year!) is to dedicate more time to my creative ambitions. Finish that book, submit to that competition, pitch more articles… whatever your dream or ambition, I am sure you made a similar goal. For many, that will include practical strategies for doing so: […]

New Year, New Novel? Here Are Some Writing Resolutions You Just Might Keep

Ah, the heady feel of a new year, when you can leave all of last year’s mistakes behind you and emerge as some shiny, productive, improved version of yourself. At least until the second week in January, when it all seems a bit too much like hard work, the weather is bloody miserable, your next […]

Making Money from your Writing Panel at ALCS

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be invited to speak at an ALCS on How to Make Money From Your Writing. The Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society is an organisation set up to make sure writers get paid for their work – I feel a little silly that I haven’t joined yet, that is definitely on my […]

Advice for theatre makers on getting reviews

{Note: this blog was originally posted over at Prodigal Geordie]. It’s been just over a year since I moved back to Newcastle, and the theatre scene has delighted me. I spend most weeks bobbing on some triangular trajectory between Northern Stage, Live and Alphabetti, and I’ve seen shows in locations that range from a castle […]