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
Am I enough for... myself? For my high standards, the pressure I put on myself, my shabby brand of perfectionism?
I feel like it's probably a very British thing to be enthusiastic about seasons. But I've always found something refreshing and inspiring about entering a new 'time of year'. Currently it's 'Spring', although this season doesn't really register in my mind, as it's so, so slow to arrive. It usually feels like winter drags on … Continue reading Seasons though
Throughout January so far, I've been playing around with a few resolution ideas. Even if I make a few initial resolutions on New Year's Eve, I tend to reflect a lot in January and come up with a load more. So here are my 2016 new year's resolutions. I'm hoping that listing them all in … Continue reading 2016 Resolutions
I was just about to write a bucket list for myself when I suddenly thought "why not share this with the internet?" Then I thought a bucket list sounds a bit too official and a bit too scary so I'm instead going to list 30 things I would like to do before I turn 30. … Continue reading 30 Before 30