3 Things La La Land can Teach Us About Writing

La La Land is the new musical about two struggling artists trying to make it in Hollywood. It’s also a film about dreaming and it struck me that that’s an important message for writers to remember.


6 Reasons Autumn is Good for Writers

It feels like autumn is here, which means writers have six good reasons to stay in and just write. Don’t despair, if you’ve had an unproductive summer. You’re not alone. Just remember that living life is important too and gives you fuel for the time you do spend writing.

Happy New Year

2015 has been a year of ups and downs for me personally. It’s a year when a great many changes and tragedies have entered my life. I could write about everything I wish for you in the coming year, but I think Neil Gaiman says it best. Fifteen Years ago, I wrote: May your coming…

Beltane 2014 by Jasper Schwartz

Welcome the May Queen

Today is Beltane, otherwise known as May Day. It’s a pagan festival that welcomes the move from spring to summer. Novels like Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, look at the plight of the old deities in the modern world. What are they doing, behind the scenes, as we become distracted by new religions and even give up our faith altogether?

alone in the dark

Alone in the Dark

Sometimes, all you need is an image to spark off a story. Street photography is often a good place to start, as it offers snapshots of life and exposes strange coincidences and the bizarre or beautiful, in the banal and everyday.

The Page is Printed Competition

Even if you don’t enter them, writing competitions can offer inspiration and even a writing prompt, if there’s a theme. So, I’m cheating this week and pointing you towards the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre’s The Page is Printed Competition. Although an empty page can be daunting for writers, this competition asks for a story a page…