How To Boost Life Happiness: Easy, Powerful, Positive

If you’re like me, you don’t like bad shit happening. People you care about getting sick, someone you thought you could trust hurting you, friends turning to foes, losing your job for no good reason. That kind of stuff can put you in a bad mood, make you feel really low. Life can be tough….

Hell Is… The Fiction Genre Minefield

Nothing drives me crazier than fiction genres. Establishing the correct pigeon-hole for my own work is hard enough, but trawling through the minefield of genres attached to books I want to read is more complex than visiting eight cities in a single day, I imagine – not that I’ve ever tried it. I’ll tell you…

Bold, Brave & Brilliant: Book-Love Is The Most Exciting Life

“One thing I’ll have to learn before the end of civilisation is how to look at the stars and tell where I’m going.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club. Let’s start with the fun bit. Well, everyone likes to, don’t they? It seems I was no different to most children – even early on, reading good…

What Do The Most Creative People Really ‘See’?

Fiction writing is a mysterious process. It involves leaving reality behind and looking into a world that doesn’t exist, and then describing it as if it did in incredible detail. Take a fictional city for example. It could be a bright, bustling metropolis full of people dashing to and from their workplaces or it could…

I Know How To Steal Your Time & Make You Stressed

Douglas Adams used to take long baths. Haruki Murakami swims fifteen hundred metres. Kurt Vonnegut drank Scotch and did sit-ups. (Bizarrely, they all involve liquid.) One day I said to myself, you’re a writer now, so what do you do to prepare? And I realised I drive. My mode of transport is an old, tatty…