Embracing Criticism The victory is not to change the mind of the critic; it is to evaluate what you can learn and discard, yet still walk away with peace in your heart. Shannon L. Alder Criticism feels like walking across a pebbly beach to get to the sea. Ouch, a knobbly stone jars your big toe, … Continue reading NO PAIN, NO GAIN

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

The End is Nigh

The opposite of the happy ending is not actually the sad ending – the sad ending is sometimes the happy ending. The opposite of the happy ending is actually the unsatisfying ending. Orson Scott Card (Author of ‘Ender’s Game’) This is the moment of truth. It’s a keeping you awake in the middle of the night, biting your … Continue reading The End is Nigh

Fresh Start

Wow, that came round fast! January 2016 is upon us and I don’t feel ready for it. Normally I love the New Year – the way it stands in the gap between the year that’s just gone and the one that lies ahead, the one covered with the tracks you have already made, the other … Continue reading Fresh Start