“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” Abraham Maslow (American writer and psychologist) There comes a point when the sound of the early morning wake-up call of the alarm buzzing in your ear like a recalcitrant bluebottle barely registers, your hand cancelling it robotically in a reflex action that is purely instinctive, requiring no thought at … Continue reading PRESS PAUSE

Writing Buddies

Friends are the best to turn to when you’re having a rough day… Justin Bieber ‘No man is an island’ said John Donne and that’s true even of writers. There comes a moment when even the most dedicated of scribes runs out of steam – the thought of one more click of the mouse, one … Continue reading Writing Buddies


I suddenly realised that the end of the month was almost here again and panic set in, knowing I still had a blog to write but no ideas. The blank screen sneered at me as my fingers hovered hopefully over the keys. Which ones should I press? What phrase or combination of phrases would start … Continue reading WRITER’S BLOCK


The email I didn’t want to find in my inbox arrived this morning. True, it tried to end encouragingly in order to soften the blow, “Thank you again for entering. We look forward to reading more of your work in the future,” but it couldn’t take away the plunging-six-floors-down-a-lift-shaft sinking of heart I experienced as … Continue reading REJECTION


Kicking myself, because this month, in spite of all my good intentions, I’ve found myself back on that good ol’ merry-go-round. The music blares, bright lights dazzle and you get lost in the movement and feel you’re going somewhere, but the truth is you’re not.  Glitzy ride it maybe, and one part of me loves … Continue reading MERRY-GO-ROUND