In her book ‘Negotiating with the dead, a writer on writing’, Margaret Atwood pens all the reasons she can find for why writers write. It’s a rather extensive list. I wonder if your reasons are in there … many of mine are! Continue reading
The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns of the danger of hearing only a single story about another person or country. Continue reading
The worst thing about this illness isn’t the things it makes me believe, or what it makes me do. It’s not the control that it has over me, or even the control it’s allowed other people to take.
Worse than all of that is how I have become selfish.
Mental illness turns people inwards. That’s what I reckon. It keeps us forever trapped by the pain of our own minds, in the same way that the pain of a broken leg or a cut thumb will grab your attention, holding it so tightly that your good leg or your good thumb seem to cease to exist.
– The Shock of the Fall, Nathan Filer
Never write a word with these ten easy steps: Continue reading
If someone was playing tennis you wouldn’t walk onto the court and start engaging them in a conversation … I think reading is at least as important as playing tennis.
– Ian McEwan
In honour of Roald Dahl Day, I’d thought I’d share some of my favourite Roald Dahl quotes. Some of them are about writing, others advice on how to have a great life, others are just funny. Continue reading
Writing is saying to no one and to everyone the things it is not possible to say to someone.
– Rebecca Solnit
In celebration of World Poetry Day, I’d thought I’d share this wonderful poem by Jack Gilbert with you all. Of course there’s always the poem that was the inspiration for my blog, A Dead Rose by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Do you have a favourite poem? If so, leave me a comment and let me know. It’s always wonderful to discover new poets and poems.