Skills

A Sense of an Ending

Over the last few weeks comments from my novel beta-readers have been trickling in. It’s the first time I’ve been through this process for a long project. Common wisdom says I should collect the responses and read them all at once. This way, it’s easier to get an overarching view of the novel’s reception and… Read More A Sense of an Ending

Skills

The Power of Words

Like many other families, mine has been touched by depression and eating disorders.  Here are two of the most powerful non-medical descriptions of depression and anorexia I have ever read: ‘Depression is about anger, it is about anxiety, it is about character and heredity. […] It is the illness of identity, it is the illness… Read More The Power of Words

Creativity

What Makes a Book Lover?

Some of my earliest memories are of long, joyous hours alone in my bedroom with magical characters and their imaginary worlds.  The first book I fell head over heels in love with was Roald Dahl’s Matilda.  I read indiscriminately as a child, borrowing books from friends and libraries and secretly from my mother’s bedside cabinet. … Read More What Makes a Book Lover?