Category Archives: inspiration

the vital spark that starts things off – or gets one out of tricky situations

On writing only what you know

The best way to end up with something dead on the page? Write only what you know. Continue reading

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Accepting the inevitable

I’ve now accepted the inevitable. I’m writing a love story. Continue reading

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Why Journey’s End didn’t make me cry

The one thing I think I feared was that Journey’s End would be given the Blackadder treatment. Continue reading

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In praise of … iThoughts

iThoughts: intuitive, adaptable – and the pleasing graphics, ┬ácolours and gentle sound effects give a nice little dopamine hit ­čśë Continue reading

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A garden by the sea

I visited Chygurno in May 2015. It’s a privately-owned garden – no tea shop, no toilets – just an honesty box in the porch and a homemade information board. I paid my money, read the history and wandered alone along … Continue reading

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Five books (written during or soon after the Great War)

An irregular series of highlighting the resources which particular inspire or inform my writing. I read a lot of books written around the time of the Great War. There is absolutely no better way to immerse oneself in the language … Continue reading

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The awful attraction of war

I’ve had this quote on a virtual sticky note on my MacBook for several months and I want to tidy it away. It’s taken from a piece in the London Review of Books several years back on┬áPat Barker’s Regeneration trilogy … Continue reading

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Three books (that bring the early 20th century to life)

Unrequited love and political intrigue; resources which inspire or inform my writing. Continue reading

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Inspiration strikes (but how? and why?)

This time last week, I was in Spain, staying in a small hotel in Grenada. The room was tiny, the floor space almost filled with bed, miniature┬áchair, spindly bedside table, and odd piece of furniture made up of many┬átiny drawers … Continue reading

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