September 1, 2016

This August I joyfully and unexpectedly found myself at Swanwick Writers’ Summer School once more. I will say now how inspiring it was – the courses, the entertainment, the people -  but that’s not today’s topic. This is my blog and I’ll moan if I want to! Amongst all the positives, there was a negative. A very personal one.

Like many writers, I’ve let self-doubt hold me back for a long, long time. It is only recently that, with a few accolades, some luck and masses of encouragement from friends, I started to believe there could be one or two things I might be reasonably good at. After years of crippling pain when I couldn’t do anything, I’ve been determined to push those things. My new mission has been to stop being precious,...

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