MUSINGS

How to Escape Creative Block

In its simplest form, Creative Block (as a writer) is where when you sit down at your keyboard, your fingertips graze the keys but then nothing comes. Your vivid mind sinks into a wasteland or a desert with tumbleweeds and scarce cacti. The definition changes slightly from person to person, but one thing we can […]

Patience

One of the flaws of an ambitious creative is our hunger to be the best, and to be the best right this minute. It’s all-consuming at times. We’re desperate to leave our mark on the world and mercilessly hope the mark is profound. A trap many of us fall into (myself included) is being so […]

2020 Round Up

This year, I have had over 125 rejections, and that, at times, has really drop kicked my confidence. HOWEVER, I have had some incredible wins that I am so grateful for this year. Here is my round up! I made a short film with some really amazing people. The short film in question, She Lives […]

Finding Horror

Originally Published on 17.07.2020 I always thought that I could somehow make my trauma glamourous or easy to digest if I explored it through making sensible and sophisticated, quiet stories, but I’ve come to realise that you cannot make something that is inherently ugly into something beautiful and you cannot make something inherently loud into something […]

Fearsome Block

Originally Published on 26.04.2020 At the beginning of this lockdown I think, collectively, we all said ‘I’m going to finish my magnum opus’. It was a joyful thought. There was a moment, in amongst the darkness, where we were able to hold onto hope, but it was very fleeting.  To me, there is nothing more dangerous […]

Crafting Words

Originally Published on 20.04.2020 Have you ever wondered what the secret formula to a good book or script is? In general, there are structural conventions that we adhere to. Broadly speaking, that is the beginning, the middle and the end. Something I have been thinking about a lot recently is writing advice I’ve been given, the […]

Beautiful Beginnings

Originally Published on 06.04.2020 I don’t know about you, but I’ve been feeling pretty anxious as of late.  Projects that were blossoming and turning into something beautiful before the lockdown have since wilted and ideas I desperately wanted to explore have lost their value amidst all the anxiety. Hopefully, I am not alone when I sit […]

Silver Linings

Originally Published on 16.03.2020 I experience writers block a lot and frequently find myself met with the phrase ‘there is no such thing as writer’s block, only bad writers.’ Being completely incapable of hiding my emotions, I frown and furrow my brow. That sort of phrase is an easy way to degrade yourself and make […]

Roots & Writing

Originally Published on 10.03.2020 Rural Cumbria is a strange place to grow up when you’re working class. There is nothing for miles and miles and the isolated world you find yourself in sometimes seems like it doesn’t have an end. When I was small, I vividly remember the sky been covered by dark charcoal clouds, but […]