Posted in Fiction, scribble explores the world, Writing

Two sides of a coin…

I haven’t posted for a few weeks.

It’s been a difficult time with work and… all that jazz.  The upshot is that I have found myself not quite able to write.

I think that happens for folks – or certainly for me.  It’s not ideal, but if you have to spend all your emotional energy on other stuff then creative things can fall to the wayside.  Not because you want them to.  Not because you aren’t bothered.  You just don’t have any more to give.

I’m making myself write this now.  It’s hard.  Writing when you feel empty inside.  Like searching for water in the desert.


That was cheery.

Despite this I have been plugging away on my picture book, Scribble Explores the World.

It had already been written so I haven’t had to be ‘creative’ as such.  I just needed to get the formatting and layout right.  That might not sound like much, and it isn’t particularly demanding to the creative juices or the brain-machine.  But it is time consuming.

So time consuming.


I received the first proof of my book yesterday.

This was one of those really brilliant moments when you feel like a kid at Christmas.

The proof was good, but I felt it could be a little better, so I made a few little tweaks and then – late last night – I  approved publication.

Just like that.

Now I need to wait for the final checks which shouldn’t take more than a few days.

And then… then my first picture book will be available and – hopefully – just before Christmas!

So if you know any 2-5 year-olds and have room in your budget to get them another little gift (for £6.99), please consider Scribble Explores the World 🙂

Coming soon…

Posted in education, Writing

Trying not to stare at the mountain…

Like most of us, I have a pretty busy life.  In fact – I’m writing this during a lunch break because this is the only bit of time I think I’ll get to do so today…

We can all feel overwhelmed sometimes.  So how do we get through it?  How do we keep going?  It’ll be different for everyone, but here’s my two-pennies worth…

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Posted in About Writing, education, Video, Writing

On Inspiration

How do you approach writing?

Are you hesitating so much that you’re not connecting the pen with the page at all?  Are you throwing a lot of judgement at those first attempts?

Do you wait for inspiration? Or do you chip away at it?

Give yourself a break.  This should be fun.  Just go ahead and have a go.  Try that exercise I suggest in the video – write for five-minutes non-stop every day.  You never have to share what you write (unless you want to).  Think of it as a warm up.  After a while you’ll find that you have lots of ideas.

Let me know what you think and how you get on in the comments.