Pithiness. Also known as ARRGGHH

These last few weeks I’ve been trying to conceptualise a new piece of theatre. Difficult. Writing a synopsis… Even more so. Minimalism does not come easily. So I am practising The short form. Hence, ARGGHHHHH. All the writers I know and have ever known HATE writing synopses, pitches, treatments, whatever Read more…

Does any writing count as ‘writing’?

I’ve been wondering this recently as I run workshops in lots of different kinds of writing; report writing, reflective, case studies, expressive, writing better emails… and it made me wonder about the value of just, well, getting any words down. One of the things I pass on to people who Read more…

Taking off…

I’ve been thinking and talking with other writers, and some non-writers, or would-be-writers-if-they-could-stop-prevaricating-and-just-get-on-with-it…. about- Getting on with writing! It’s taken me ages to learn what works best for me, and these can be narrowed down to: Works for me. Take off every time.

Autumnal writing…

This week, I have been going to new places with both writing and exploring the countryside for inspiration, and one feeds into the other. It’s a circular thing in fact; I write a bit, I go out and see or hear something that inspires me, I write about it, regardless Read more…

This week I am mostly…

… editing my novel.  I haven’t written prose for a few years- I’ve been immersed in playwriting for so long that some major things have begun to emerge as the differences between the two. They might seem obvious but they’ve been interesting to me to explore…  This all feels wonderful Read more…