ON HATING POETRY

I used to despise poetry. I refused to read it, let alone write it. For three years I studied poetry at university, because for whatever reason, I was half decent at analysing the stuff. Plagued by “this happens because of this,” or, “don’t write that, you can’t do that in a poem unless you’re experienced,”…

REDESIGN: THANKS, MISS STEIN.

  I thought I’d try and take this blog in a different direction. It was linked too closely to me, personally, and I wanted it to be something more wide-ranging and general. A Seal and Matches is a quote from a Gertrude Stein poem in her seminal work, Tender Buttons. This book has always stood out…

On Writing: Planning Isn’t Everything

I’ve been asked literally a couple of questions about planning in the past. How do you plan? What do you plan? When do you plan? Each story has a start, middle and an end. Whilst you are writing your story these three elements will become so confused and muddled and interlocking that as you finish,…