On Writing

So I was feeling all ill and gross yesterday and didn’t post anything, breaking my 16-day streak. Bummer. But never mind. These things happen. Frankly 16 days in a row is better than I thought I’d do.   I haven’t written much of anything apart from blog posts, because I am a terrible human being, […]

I wrote some fanfiction today for the first time in a long-ass time, and so what better topic to discuss in today’s blog post? I am a pro-fanfiction writer. I know that there are plenty of writers out there who think it’s not…. writerly enough. But I think it’s a fantastic exercise for new and […]

The Art of Writing Poetry

Terry Pratchett describes the spark of an idea as follows: Inspirations sleet through the universe continuously. Their destination, as if they cared, is the right mind in the right place at the right time. They hit the right neuron, there’s a chain reaction, and a little while later someone is blinking furiously in the TV […]

I have this little band of characters I don’t know what to do with. I found them one October in the run-up to NaNoWriMo. I decided to draw some tarot cards and base the characters on the cards, and wound up with three young women, a boy of about 15, and an older ex-soldier fellow. […]

I confess to being a tad self-indulgent with the new name of my blog. I have, in the past, wondered if just calling the blog “Sophie Alice Acton” is a bit, I don’t know, too much? The url can stay, absolutely; as a writer-in-waiting one always wishes to be found. At any rate, then friend […]

“The Dark Bookcase.” Such a good title for some mystery or ghost story! Can’t you picture something tall in old, dark wood, maybe hiding a secret passageway, maybe haunted by a ghost in some old manor house? I am overcome, my friends. I want to write a story worthy of such a classic title as that. […]

Small Pieces, Small Progress

I’ve been finding it hard to write lately. Hard to start new poems or short stories, hard to put my faith in ideas. Hard to churn out a meagre 350 words a day on a new novel I’ve started. I like the idea, and I like the main character, but there are so many things […]

I missed updating last week, though I’m sure you’ll forgive me. I’ve been participating in National Novel Writing Month, which hasn’t been “national” since about 2001 but the name is catchier this way. It is now Week Two, and NaNoWriMo veterans will recognise Week Two as The Week Everything Goes to Shit. Writing becomes like […]


If you’re a follower of my noteboook porn tumblr, Fuck Yeah Notebooks, you’ll know that recently I’ve been discovered Notebook Youtube. Against my better judgement, I’ve been drawn into the world of Planning. I swear to you I’ve resisted. I have! But they got me in the end. I happened to me, dear reader, it […]