I've recently been reading James Scott Bell's excellent book, "Plot and Structure." Each chapter includes some exercises at the end. Having completed one, I thought I would share the results with you all here, in the hope that it might inspire your creative writing efforts today. When readers read my novels, I want them to... Continue Reading →
A Spring Clean of the Mind
I always used to say, "don't come to me with a problem unless you are prepared to be a part of the solution." It doesn't mean that you need to have all the answers, it just means you need to be willing to contribute. It's easy to point out the problems and deficiencies of this... Continue Reading →
Decisions: The Tomato Soup Syndrome
Season 4 Episode 1 of the Emergence Podcast Looking at the multitude of choices we are faced with every day.
Accentuate the Positive
Hasn't it been a horrible year? That's certainly how I felt about it when I recently started to reflect on the last twelve months. I lost friends to the pandemic, I nearly lost my mum after a fall, I've been stuck at home for months, and I have nothing to look forward to. I feel... Continue Reading →
We're hearing from experts in the field of psychology and mental health who are warning us of an epidemic that is on the horizon. This isn’t the pandemic. This isn’t an impending third, fourth or even fifth wave. This is a global mental health crisis on a level that we have never seen before, and... Continue Reading →
Without a Vision the People Perish
Mrs Jones was a phenomenal teacher and community organiser. She was particularly active in her local church where she had rejuvenated the Sunday school, the classrooms of which were packed to the rafters with dedicated teachers and excited and engaged children. For decades the Sunday school had been the talk of the town and the... Continue Reading →
A Letter to the NHS
Letters in Lockdown Season 3, Episode 10, saying thank you to the NHS.
Letter to Fear
A poem. Letters in Lockdown Podcast S3 E9.
Letter to Self
Pearls of wisdom I've picked up along the way that I really need to hear. I hope you get something from them too. Letters in Lockdown Podcast S3 E8.