Friends of the blog

In a bid to stoke the creative fires I’ve asked a couple of my favourite bloggers to guest on here over the next few weeks. My brief has been very casual: “Write whatever you like” but I did suggest a lock-down flavouring.

Maybe that’s just me being selfish, I want to know how other people have been coping since March.

Expect gems from Jill, Meghan and Kath – all writers I greatly admire. I don’t know what they all have planned – and it doesn’t have to be themed at all – all I do know is they’ll be good reads and I like good reads.

In the meantime, if anyone chances upon this post and feels like sharing something, just drop me a line and I’ll probably share it.

All topics considered except Trump/J.K. Rowling appreciation or any sort of bigotry.

Who’s in?

Thanks I hate it

Let me tell you a secret… I haven’t been loving my blog for a while now.

It pains me massively to say it but there it is. I’ve not been as engaged with it as I could have been and I want that old feeling back. And the only way I can think of to get it back is to keep on writing as much as I can and as honestly as I can. No big fix, no bells or whistles, just hard graft.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate what I’ve written to date and of course I love doing the Blog Collab – it’s just I haven’t been as inspired as normal to get to work. Now I have a more creative job that actually encourages me to use my writer’s voice, I’m hoping that will spark something.

Since Jill posted – excellently – about the soundtrack she likes to write to, I’ve been thinking about my own approach to blogging, or lack thereof. There’s currently no ritual involved and, especially as a new witch, I now understand the importance of a good dash of ceremony.

I tend to blog with my laptop on my knee in front of whatever toot Netflix has currently released. One eye on the box and one eye on what I’m doing. No space, no soundtrack, not even a comfy chair.

Stephen King has spoken about the importance of having a non-distracting writing environment and honestly, who’d know better? I have On Writing ready to read up on this very topic but there’s a good condensed checklist here. Luckily for me my wonderful mother gifted me a beautiful drawing desk for Christmas and it’s just crying out to be shown some love. So I’ve taken Monday off work and I’m going to set myself up with a fresh writing/artistic space, one that’s all mine.

Then I’m going to write every day, just as the big man says.