Fighting your way through the process…

I've been thinking a lot about the hard work of creativity, of life. How the best always seems the most simple and the clearest. How behind this clarity is years and years of graft and inspiration and struggle. Ira Glass says "You just have to fight your way through that...." This short video encapsulates all … Continue reading Fighting your way through the process…

Composting, Baking, Walking: Growing Narratives

Natalie Goldberg has written a lot about the concept of composting (in publications such as Wild Mind, and Writing Down The Bones) and creative practice. So it's about letting ideas filter, allowing characters to grow, permitting narratives to form at their own pace. Psychologists (such as Sternberg and Lubart) have analysed the role of creativity in society … Continue reading Composting, Baking, Walking: Growing Narratives

The Write Time: A Celebration of Creativity & Writing in Fingal

I'm delighted to be taking part in the wonderful Write Time Festival run by Fingal County Council. Join me in Blanchardstown Library (15th September) or in Malahide Library (22nd September). In China flash fiction stories are called ‘smoke-long’ stories. They promise “to let the reader relish the sights and sounds of an entire make-believe world before … Continue reading The Write Time: A Celebration of Creativity & Writing in Fingal