On Writing

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 […]

Lomography and Artistic Messes

One thing I love about art – and one thing that I, admittedly, have some difficulty with in my medium of choice, i.e. writing – is experimentation. One of the most liberating aspects of art is the ability to make big, messy mistakes and glory in them, or to discover they aren’t mistakes at all. […]

It’s a special sort of torment, waiting to hear from a publication. I am being optimistic. The thing is, I know my work is good. That is, all the work that I consider for submission is good. So every rejection is a “They Just Don’t Understand My Genius” Poet Merit Badge. Every writer gets rejected. […]

You splurge out all your energy onto the page, in maybe 20 minutes or so. Just, bam, out there, everything in one poem draft, and you find yourself exhausted but you still stay with it, tweaking, copying it down into another book or word processing file so you don’t lose track of it. Maybe you […]