Sophie

It’s hard to decide to be a writer. You decide – or you think you’ve decided. You write, so you’re a writer, And that’s true, Are writers born, or are they made? Can you make yourself a writer, or is it something you are drawn to, whether from early life or at the age of […]

I got criticised by my writing teachers. They said, “You live here, in New Zealand. Draw from that. Write your own experience.”

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OK, first off, what the fuck, WordPress? This Gutenberg thing is a monstrosity.  Anyway. I went to look at my past content to see if this obscenity had fucked up anything, and in doing so noticed that my 2018 planning system post is still on the front page. Embarrassing. Every year I say “Oh, I’m […]

Maybe it’s because I’m behind, and I just can’t seem to catch up. Maybe it’s because I’m not feeling my novel, even when I’m gelling well with my characters. Maybe it’s because the NaNo forums really haven’t popped off the way they used to. ….Maybe I’m just not in love with NaNo any more. It […]

NaNo Prep 1: the early planning stages

This year, prepping for National Novel Writing Month has been a struggle. The semester’s over but I’m exhausted, and I don’t want to plan a 50,000 word novel. I just want to sleep. I’m not really a plotter at the best of times. I tried a couple of years ago, and the result was a […]

And just like that, my Honours year is nearly over. The last push is meant to break you down. It’s meant to be tough, it’s meant to be panic and late nights and exhaustion. We’re tired enough already, and it’s just getting harder. A few weeks ago I was getting emails from the postgrad advisors […]

  He rapped his knuckles against the side of his glass. His nerves were getting the better of him. Scraps of apologies flitted around in his head, but he couldn’t make anything coherent from them. Nothing that she would accept. It had been seventeen years. Who was she now? Someone beautiful? Angry? Could she be […]