The First Word – A Journey Into The Unknown

Hi guys! 

I hope that the first week of October has been good for you. 

This week I’d like to talk about my journey into the written word. 

It started when I was thirteen in the third year of secondary school. Secondary is the UK version of High School. This was when I was being re integrated back into the system as I’d been home tutored due to being badly bullied. 

A familiar question writers get asked is where did the inspiration come from to write? 

To this day I’m still trying to figure that one out. 

All I can remember is sitting down at a computer and after exhausting the option to ‘paint’, an application that’s on most Windows PC’S I opened a Microsoft Word Document where my fingers began typing away. 

I felt this incredible buzz that was out of this world. 

Soon, I was spending all the time I could get at school writing. That became my first attempt at writing a novel. 

As most first novels it was a total mess. It didn’t have a theme. It had no real plot line and the characters were hard to read. 

The story was actually a cross over between the movie Bring It On which is a film about cheerleading and the award winning drama Bad Girls about a women’s prison. I was obsessed with the two of them at that age and anyone reading it would be able to tell that. 

I don’t possess a copy of it anymore as it was a part of the school’s system. I did print it out, but I’ve misplaced it somewhere and can’t find it. 

Although it was a total flop it did teach me two things. 

One – it doesn’t matter how you start a novel or piece of writing at the beginning. All that’s important is getting the words down no matter how they come to you. 

Two – to enjoy the creation process. 

So, there you have it. 

Sometimes it’s not about the destination, but enjoying the scenery as you travel. 

Same goes for writing, or any part of life, really. 

Thanks for reading, 

Until next week, 


With thanks to Dariusz Sankowski for the image via 


Writing Exercises – The Writer’s Toolbox

Hi guys! 

This week I’m going to spend some time talking about exercising with words. 

I’ve owned The Writer’s Toolbox for a couple of years and it’s helped me enormously.

The purpose of it is not to create the next bestseller (though the idea that is generated might well be down to that), but to start and finish something. It also helps to create characters and improve writing description. 

It includes – 

A 64 page booklet 

4 plot spinner wheels

60 creative cards

60 wooden exercise sticks

A small hourglass 

This is a a great way to stay productive when you’re in a writing slump. With each exercise you use the hourglass as a timer. 

Most of the exercises I’ve completed aren’t worthy to show, but that’s the point.  

I generally do an exercise before starting to write. I find it helps get rid of the garbage in my brain. I find it gets the creative juices going and helps focus me. 

If you haven’t picked it up yet I’d definitely recommend that you do. 

That’s all from me this week, 

Until next time, 


Rocky Waters With A Hint of Magic


Hi guys!

How has your week been?

Mine has been full of ups and downs. I finished seeing my Psychologist as he couldn’t do the work with me. His time frame wouldn’t cover it. I’m now waiting to be referred to another department and to be assessed for Autism.

As always my writing has been my lifeline.

While I was working on editing my novel  I realised that I hadn’t given a codename to an assassin.


No wonder it had all seemed too easy!

This character isn’t any ordinary assassin. She works for both sides. It was necessary to give her a name that would leave her undiscovered by the other side.

Codenames are given by the Moirai who unintentionally name them after Greek Gods/Goddesses.

I had been expecting the search for an alternative name to be difficult, but it was easy.

That left me surprised.

Only problem is, is that it’s a girly name and she’s really not that much of a girl at all.

Still, it makes it interesting to see how she reacts to having it.

That was my bit of magic that perked me up.

It reminds me that if something is meant to be it will always present itself.

Have a great week,


Writing in Progress – A Recap

In some ways my fourth rewrite of Pandora’s Kiss has been a total pain in the backside but in others it has been the turning point needed.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Pandora’s Kiss I will explain the nub and gist. Pandora’s Kiss is about three girls who live in three different parts of the world but attend the same school. They are able to do so because the story is set in a time where the Earth is all in one piece and not separated across various oceans.

They all harbour great desires. Desires to which would see them tortured or even killed. You can meet my three main characters in other blog posts. Look for Rosie, Leah and Sylvie.

They find that reaching for their desires has actually written their destiny as they come to meet three women who are deities to another world and they disclose that they can save Episkopos from a terrible fate but only if they free the Seniorems and their protectors.

How do they do this? Well, as the girls are Verbotens, gifts from the gods with extraordinary powers they have to use them to locate their actual whereabouts.  Although that’s easy said than done as identities change and locations differ.

The ending sees the Moirai retrieve Pandora’s Box to seal away the souls of the Seniorems for good and to cast a dark shadow of chaos over Episkopos for many decades to come. And a revelation from one of the deities sends Rosie into a tailspin which paves the way for the next book.

The most trouble I have had with this book is the setting. I have been flitting between medieval and modern day. I have recently thought about leaving Christianity out of it as it’s just a few decades from when the world started but that’s just an idea.