A question only a writer would ask

I had an interesting conversation with my friend J at the weekend. It went like this: ME:  Do you ever narrate things in your head? J:  What do you mean? ME:  Well, I was watching the pigeons on the roof this morning and then a voice in my  head started narrating the scene. J:  Sure,… Continue reading A question only a writer would ask


My novel has been longlisted!

I have some unbelievable news: my novel has been longlisted for the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition!! (Can you believe it?! Nope, me neither.) Here's what happened... I was at home last Tuesday, when the phone rang. 'Another blooming sales call,' I thought to myself. I sniffed dismissively and ignored the message the caller left,… Continue reading My novel has been longlisted!

Creativity · Illustrations

An update on taking ridiculously small creative steps

Five weeks ago, I wrote a post entitled How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown. This turned out to be one of my most popular posts, so I thought I’d give you a quick update on how things are going. If you recall, I was taking ridiculously small steps towards writing and illustrating.… Continue reading An update on taking ridiculously small creative steps

Creativity · Inspiration

How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown

A few days ago, I shared how I go 'weird' if I’m not being creative. I drew a sad monster at the top of the post. Today sad monster is looking much happier as I've discovered an unbelievably easy way to overcome my resistance! How I discovered the technique  If you’ve read Oh Sugar! you’ll know I’m not a fan of strict diets. Quite… Continue reading How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown


Do you go ‘weird’ if you’re not being creative?

“Have you done any writing or drawing lately?” J asked. “Not really," I said, "why?” “Because you get really crotchety if you don’t create something.” "Huh?!" Strange as it sounds, this was news to me. Everyone has their up and down days but I hadn’t appreciated that not being creative meant I was waaaay more likely to… Continue reading Do you go ‘weird’ if you’re not being creative?


If you’re struggling right now, watch this

If you're struggling right now. If you're wondering what the point is. If you've got so far with your novel or painting but you've stopped because you're plagued with self-doubt. And you don't have the energy to write another word or paint another stroke. Watch this.


My favourite inspirational quotes

When I was a kid, I collected rocks. (I really did - unusual ones, fossilised ones and ones with sparkly bits in them.) Nowadays, I collect quotes. When the chips are down, people can’t always be relied on to say the right things. A quote will hit the spot every time. But you need to… Continue reading My favourite inspirational quotes

My favourite books

Gobbling up books

You know how, when you love the taste of a food, you gobble it up and somehow forget to fully enjoy it? Have you ever had that experience with a book? Right now I am forcing myself to slow down and savour reading The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. Snow. Russia. Wolves. Adventure. A girl called… Continue reading Gobbling up books


Stop whining and get back to work

I had planned to write a post about my next venture. That’s still the plan but I'm taking a quick detour to share something important. I’m reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. (I wasn’t sure about the book at first but it's just got better and better and now I am ever… Continue reading Stop whining and get back to work


Being seen

I once dreamt that I was lying on a stage, singing. I think I was naked. I had crept up onto the stage and, thinking I was alone and it was safe, I had laid down at the front of the stage, with a microphone in one hand, and sung. I don’t know what I… Continue reading Being seen