Writer’s Truths: Finding Inspiration

Dictionary.com defines Inspiration as: ‘an inspiring or animating action or influence,’ providing the eye-roll-worthy contextual example, I cannot write poetry without inspiration. Adding a little theological zest, it also describes inspiration, less exclusively, as: ‘a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul.’ Both of these examples give an impression of inspiration … More Writer’s Truths: Finding Inspiration

Writer’s Truths: The First Draft

Hi, and welcome to my summer series of ‘Writer’s Truths’! 🙂 Posted each week I aim to explore different aspects of the writing process, drawing on my own experiences as a Literature and Creative Writing graduate, and debunking the damaging myth that REAL writers never struggle in producing their next bestseller. Believe me, behind every finished product there is a … More Writer’s Truths: The First Draft

‘You can’t write about fictional characters as if they’re real’

Recently for my Masters course I wrote a comparative essay on the characters of Othello and Oroonoko, focusing on internal and external responses to racial ‘otherness.’ Amongst other points, I tested my ‘heroes’ for a stress-induced vulnerability to mental illness, arising from the prejudice and discrimination they receive from the majority-white population surrounding them. Though … More ‘You can’t write about fictional characters as if they’re real’

To Write, To Isolate?

The human imagination is limitless, a resource which children, writers and escapists alike exploit to its fullest potential. But, with all the talk of the freedom that imagination brings, is it possible that there is another side also? Is it possible that all this ‘freedom’ is exacting a restraint on us that we’re barely even … More To Write, To Isolate?