This World Mental Health Day, Give Yourself Permission to be Creative

It’s 10th October and that means one thing – World Mental Health Day. Last year, I essentially “came out” to my family about my own struggles with depression. It took me a long time to come to terms with the mood swings, the inexplicable low periods, the periods of anxiety and especially the SAD. NowContinue reading “This World Mental Health Day, Give Yourself Permission to be Creative”

I Never Thought Freelancing Would Last This Long For Me

A little over five years ago with a divorce on the brink of finalising, I walked out of a job and moved some 70 miles back across the country to my family home. Then, as a man in his late 30s and still with debt accrued paying for a Master’s Degree he’d finished nearly fourContinue reading “I Never Thought Freelancing Would Last This Long For Me”

Lorna Doone and the Sense of Place: Exmoor Coast

I’ve written about the importance of sense of place in fiction several times already. How you define your urban spaces, rural places and inspirational landscapes can create a vivid image in the mind of the reader. It can really help to absorb the reader into the book. I am presently reading Lorna Doone – aContinue reading “Lorna Doone and the Sense of Place: Exmoor Coast”

A Sense of Place: London, The Eternal City

It’s been almost two years since I wrote about creating a sense of place in your urban landscape when writing, but I want to revisit it following a most recent trip to London where I climbed the O2 arena and was able to take in a good portion of the city while on top ofContinue reading “A Sense of Place: London, The Eternal City”