Is it better to be single as a writer?

Being a writer requires a host of less than desirable personality traits. Voluntary, solitary isolation. A God Complex. Morbid curiosity. An overly analytical mind. Congratulations to whatever (un)lucky individuals we writers end up with. I hope you’re prepared for the jackpot you’ve won, but is being a writer whilst single any different from being in a…

Writing killed my relationship

Few events in real life can be so neatly separated into A + B equalled C. Although the spectacular and sudden ending of my latest attempt at love was certainly not one of them, my writing was at least A. An Accomplice. It played more than a small part in bringing about the end, and…

Writing is killing my relationship

In my last blog post I wrote: ‘write every day is the mantra of the established writer, but the impossibility of the first time novelist’. The more time I spend writing, the more I realise how true that is. The more I write, the more I sacrifice from the rest of my life. Like many…

How to still be a writer on days you don’t feel like writing

‘Write every day’ The mantra of established writers. The impossibility of first time novelist. It doesn’t matter what stands in the way of you and filling those blank pages with your carefully crafted masterpiece. Be it your job, family, writer’s block or your missing muse, some days the words cannot be forced out no matter…

Writing Science and Fiction

As a scientist, you owe it to your work to tell the story it confides in you. Data is what data is, but as a writer it is your job to make it a story worth telling. As a scientist and a novelist, I write both facts and fantasies. Through comparing the processes though, I…