Life · Writing

From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success!

The title of this blog post is a lyric from a song in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, one of my favourite movies ever. The song is all about how mistakes, and failures and things-going-wrong are the building blocks for success. The sentiment in it speak SO much to me, and I play it on full… Continue reading From the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success!

First Drafts · Writing

Farts & Friendships: Writing for Children

Sometime last year, I took part in my first #ukmgchat on twitter, and joked that my perfect book would be something involving farts and friendship. For some reason, today that thought popped into my mind again and it struck me that it was true: farts & friendship = perfect book. At the same time, I… Continue reading Farts & Friendships: Writing for Children

National Novel Writing Month · Writing

NaNoWriMo Update (or doing November slightly differently!)

I am a massive fan of NaNoWriMo. I love that it’s a challenge, and I love the community of writers that spring up each November to cheer each other when times are good and commiserate when times are bad. I have attempted NaNoWriMo a few times, and won once, and this November I aimed to… Continue reading NaNoWriMo Update (or doing November slightly differently!)

National Novel Writing Month · Writing

Getting ready for Camp NaNoWriMo: Five Fundamental Tips

Yesterday was June 1st, which means that we are less than one month away from the start of the July Camp NaNoWriMo. If you haven’t heard about Camp NaNoWriMo, it’s basically very similar to its November sister project; you write a lot of words in a short amount of time. The difference with Camp is… Continue reading Getting ready for Camp NaNoWriMo: Five Fundamental Tips