writing update – and some thoughts about confidence

At present, I am still working through my edits for my upcoming debut novel, The Black Rook. Slowly but surely I’m getting there. The manuscript is around 460 pages, and I have just passed the page-100 mark. I remember when I came to edit the novel at the beginning of Britain’s first lockdown in 2020.Continue reading “writing update – and some thoughts about confidence”

the moment I lost my creativity – and how I got it back

After writing my last blog post, I’ve had time to ruminate on the events that I spoke about. I remember that after I had graduated university with a disappointing 2:2 mark for my BA, I immediately blamed myself for making the wrong decisions with my further education. I looked back at the crossroads that IContinue reading “the moment I lost my creativity – and how I got it back”

the art of the sketchbook – and how keeping one helped me become a better writer

Ever since I was a fresh-faced college student embarking on the first project of my Graphic Design course, I loved the process of sketchbooking. Sketchbooks are places where you can capture your thoughts and ideas, collate your research, and experiment with new mediums and practices. It’s similar to keeping a journal, in as much asContinue reading “the art of the sketchbook – and how keeping one helped me become a better writer”

further thoughts about working with dyslexia

After publishing my previous post, I thought a bit more on dyslexia and how it affects me day to day. I would say that there is a stark difference between how I function in a loud, busy environment, and a quiet, calm setting. When I am relaxed, listening to calming ambient music, or simply baskingContinue reading “further thoughts about working with dyslexia”

there is always a reason to keep going

I have struggled with mental health issues my whole life. Varying degrees of sporadic anxiety and depression have prevented me from achieving past goals, helping others, taking care of my physical health, enjoying a good social life, pursuing several career paths. I look back at most of my life and realise that these two darkContinue reading “there is always a reason to keep going”