Writing

A child raking a sandbox next to his nanny

A child raking a sandbox next to his nanny

Author's note: Following the Neil Gaiman Master Class series, he offers the following exercise. Take one of the simple settings below and write a page about it, trying to undermine the reader’s expectations. For example, you’re writing about a man at a party who is...

A couple in wedding outfits riding in a car

A couple in wedding outfits riding in a car

Author's note: Following the Neil Gaiman Master Class series, he offers the following exercise. Take one of the simple settings below and write a page about it, trying to undermine the reader’s expectations. For example, you’re writing about a man at a party who is...

Lockdown Negotiations

Lockdown Negotiations

Authors note: I started this with no clear idea of where I was going and found it nearly impossible to write. I've only just started trying to learn to write fiction and I was following the Niel Gaiman masterclass along with suggested reading. But the lockdown gave...

The Trail

The Trail

Author's note: Another short story, little dark, perhaps even a little lovecraftian. I've read Stephen King's "On writing". Excellent book, if somewhat harsh, guide on writing. As always do comment with any constructive criticism. I'm just starting out, so it would be...

Re-imagining a fairy tale

As part of Neil Gaiman's masterclass on writing he suggested that you take a well known fairy tale and then put a twist on it. So here we go. My meagre attempt, but I'm going to keep trying and writing. Stops me from arguing with the real Trolls online....

How to find your purpose (attempt 3)

How to find your purpose (attempt 3)

15 Questions This list was borrowed from Tina Su's blogpost https://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/life-on-purpose-15-questions-to-discover-your-personal-mission/ which focuses on a purpose rather than passion seeking. I am merely using her method, if you want more...

How to find your purpose (attempt 2)

How to find your purpose (attempt 2)

So if you read my older post on passion being overrated then you'll know I have embarked on a journey of self discovery to find my why, my raison d'être and not necessarily a particular activity that I enjoy but the reason behind my motivations. I followed that up...

How to find your purpose (attempt 1)

How to find your purpose (attempt 1)

So if you read my last post on passion being overrated then you'll know I have embarked on a journey of self discovery to find my why, my raison d'être and not necessarily a particular activity that I enjoy but the reason behind my motivations. The Daniel Priestley...

How to find your passion? Or Not…

There seems to be an obsessive refrain on the Internet these days that you have to find your passion, DWYL (Do What You Love), find your purpose, be in your element. With everyone apparently having the capacity to be rich, happy and fulfilled if you can just do find...