How to Keep Writing After Your Degree Is Over

So I graduated a year ago this month! (All the people in the house say whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat) Here, have a picture of me looking suitably chuffed. (And yes, I drank all the free prosecco. No regrets). And I’ve been thinking a lot about being a writer after graduating and more specifically, how difficult that can be…

Five Tips for Moving at Your own Pace

I’m 21 years old. It’s an awesome age, a strange age and a paradoxical age in terms of societal expectations. This is because you are seen as simultaneously young and mature. I think this paradoxical approach explains the twenty-something’s dilemma regarding what they should have achieved by now. I bumped into someone I went to…

GUINNESS

–It’s Welsh. — It is? — What is? — It’s Irish. Obviously. — Most people think it’s Irish. The man who’s famous for creating it – — was Irish — was Irish, right but was actually travelling from Wales to Ireland when he [SOUND OF A CAMERA SHUTTER] — Guinness. We’re talking about Guinness? —…

8 Things to Look for in a Writing Mentor

I have a confession to make: I have never actively sought out a writing mentor. So what – I’m sure you’re thinking – am I doing writing a post advising others on writing mentors? Well somehow, I have been blessed enough to have some great people in my life who, once I reflect upon it,…

My Favourite Writing Quotes

As I sit here feeling ever so slightly under the weather, I thought it might be nice to inject some positivity/motivation into my surroundings. And fortunately, I can do so from my bed (the joys of the internet) 😉 Here are some of my favourite writing quotes. I hope you find them as encouraging as…

Seek | Spoken Word

I’m beginning to treat every day like a child, To wake up with a sense of utmost curiosity, To see rain not as a curse But as liquid manna pouring from the heavens To have that childlike trust in my Father And sleep as He takes the wheel, As my brother slept on the ship…

The strangest reading slump ever aka the war on narrative

This is a cry for help. I am having the weirdest (non) reading slump I’ve ever experienced in my life. If you don’t know what a reading slump is, it is basically a phase in life where you no longer feel like reading.  You start a book and can’t seem to finish it. A reading…

You are Precious

Yesterday I worshipped the Lord God Almighty. I was listening to a song whose lyrics state “I sing for joy at the works of your hands”. (Shout to the Lord – Chris Tomlin) My heart was filled with such joy as I raised my hands and considered the works of His hands – I thought about…

Two Roads | Poetry

I would put a disclaimer in here about my views but I’m not really fussed about what people think. Title is going through transitions. For now let’s call it Two roads . Click the link to read 🙂

Hey Booktube – Speak Up!

Something has been bothering me about Booktube lately, and no, it’s not the fact that every single booktuber and their mother seems to be in the process of writing their own book. (I think writing a book is awesome and the recent controversy surrounding this topic is understandable, yet not really necessary. But anyway!) I…

My 5 Biggest Writing Distractions & How I (Should) Deal With Them

We all know I’m writing this for myself rather than anyone else. However, if the shoe fits… Here are my current five top writing distractions and some solutions I/we should use to combat them. PHONE I’ve put this at the top of the list because my phone is THE number one time killer. Recently I’ve…

8 Tips for Creating Semi-Autobiographical Work

I’m currently working on my latest play, For a Black Girl. It’s a semi-autobiographical, semi-verbatim exploration of the experiences of BAME (predominantly female BAME) citizens in the UK. To use a little less jargon, I used dialogue from situations I’ve encountered in my life and also dialogue collated from discussions with people I have known, to shape…