LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 7 – Location, location, location…

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While Oldham is still in lockdown, other parts of the UK are loosening their grip. The British Museum opened yesterday and seeing the inside of my beloved London bolthole tugged at my heartstrings. I used to spend a lot of time in London. But since March I haven’t been there and I don’t think I […]

LockdownTown Oldham Reloaded – Day 4 – Where are my Characters?

Posted Posted in covid19, lockdowntown, Manchester, Uncategorized, Writer, Writing

Thank you for visiting Day 4 of LockdownTown. If you were looking for Day 2 and 3, don’t bother. Like many COVID19 lockdown days, they’ve evaporated into the gap between ‘I don’t know what day it is’ and ‘sitting frowning at the world’. It’s never a good way to start a story, but I woke […]

#100daysofwriting 2019 Day 19

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Creativity, Stories, Writer

Patience. It was all going so well. Too well. My writing tackles difficult subjects while still trying to keep the shape of the embedded stories that resonate with readers. In my current WIP I’m looking at issues around grief and stress and what they can do. But the story is uplifting as well as a quest narrative. It’s complicated. Because of this I know […]

#100daysofwriting 2019 Day 18

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Writer

Writing with friends. Today was the first Oldha Writing Group of the year Oldham Library. We sat down with coffee and each other and talk about our work. This is such a valuable process, where we get to air the inevitable self-doubt that working in isolation brings. We also share and receive tips and experiences. Last night we looked at opening […]

#100daysofwriting 2019 Day 16

Posted Posted in #100daysofwriting, 2019, Storytelling, Writer

Things aren’t always what they seem. One question I get asked all the time is: is your main character based on you? Is it you?’ This picture is one of my favourite views. It’s of Hartshead Pike, a landmark that my mother always lived in sight of. I took this picture on Christmas Day 2017. The sky was blue and […]