A writer by both profession and passion. Sharing my stories about mental health, and my journey to becoming a better writer.
So You Want to Write a Novel? 5 Steps to Turn Your Thoughts into Fiction
You've had an idea for a story and you can't get it out of your head. You daydream about your new characters, fantasise about their adventures, yearn for their story to be told...
Writing for Exposure: Is It Worth It? The Pros and Cons of Giving Away Your Work for Free
As a writer I'm sure you've come across the phrase 'writing for exposure' time and time again. At the beginning of your career it can seem tempting, for what is a writer without an audience? But time spent writing for free can be a trifling matter - we all have bills to pay, do we really have the energy to give our passion away for nothing? It's important to weigh the positives against the negatives before you sign away your creative rights for free.
Poetry Doesn't Have to be Poetic: How to Write Without Pressure
I started writing poetry a few years ago, back when I first began my University course. There were so many talented writers, all who dabbled in differing genres and forms of the written word, and I was astounded at the content they could pour onto the page. I began to doubt myself, but my stubborn arse wouldn't let itself give up. Instead, I created a poetry instagram and began uploading my first attempts directly to the world wide web for all to see.
How to Combat Writer's Block
So, you've started a new project, put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard), and you're about to begin writing. Exciting, right? Except there's just one problem...
Invisible Illness, Visible Me.
I was 13 years old when I first learned that I had JSLE (Juvenile Systemic Lupus Erythematosus), and from that moment, lay in my hospital bed, a thousand and one wires pulling at my skin, my world did not just turn upside down, but was erased and rebuilt. I was no longer certain of who I was. I was now Lupus Jade - sick, fragile, and very much at risk of everything and anything thrown my way.