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’

FF: Siblings

I I am the oldest and I came first, none of my siblings can match up to me. I excel at everything I touch: the golden child, the precocious piece, the unyielding protégé. Humbleness is not in my nature, it is for weaker minds than I. Try, for example, number seven in our line. I … More FF: Siblings

SS: Father Figure

I was fifteen when my father died, young enough still to be certain about my life, and the one thing I was most certain of was that I hated him. It was midnight when my mother and I got the call. A rough line from the hospital inviting us to identify him – the man … More SS: Father Figure

Digimon: The Unacknowledged Paradigm (Adventure and 2.0)

From watching this show as a bright-eyed seven-year old, to more recently – and slightly shamefully – as my twenty-three-year old self, the one thing which consistently struck me was the depth of character which underpinned this largely dismissed series. I’ve written about similar themes before, as some of you may know, but, keeping nineties … More Digimon: The Unacknowledged Paradigm (Adventure and 2.0)