January has been a good reading month. Let's delve straight in to the book reviews. Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier Since becoming fascinated by Hitchcock's 1940 film adaptation of Rebecca, I've always meant to get around to reading the novel. And it did not disappoint. The sea, a mysterious dead wife, mad people and Maxim's … Continue reading January Wrap Up: Gothic, Poetry and Self Help
When I moved to Devon in September 2016 to start my Creative Writing MA at Exeter University, one of the things I was most looking forward to was living near the sea. The sea is a huge source of inspiration for me. In fact, looking back at all my writing projects, I'm unsure if it … Continue reading My Exeter Bucket List
Debating "what makes a writer?" and "who is allowed to call themselves a writer?" used to take up a fair bit of my time. I loved to write, had been writing for years and daydreamed about publication. But I didn't feel like a writer. The vocation felt distant, far away. Today, things are a lot simpler. … Continue reading What Makes A Writer?
Whether we like it or not, the stories we consume help to shape us as people. And if you are a writer, they will also rub off on your writing. They can influence your genre, your style, your structure, your themes, even your grammatical choices. Or it could be less subtle. You might just pick … Continue reading All Writers Steal
I'll skip the long winded introduction about the age we live in and the way in which huge multinational chains dominate and permeate every part of our modern lives. We all know this already. We know that supporting local companies is a dying effort. We know that a lot of big brands are unethical. But … Continue reading Are big brands making our experiences generic?
Am I enough for... myself? For my high standards, the pressure I put on myself, my shabby brand of perfectionism?