Tag: Writing

  • The top 10 most popular episodes of James and Ashley Stay at Home

    James and Ashley Stay at Home, the podcast I co-host with author James McKenzie Watson, is about to hit 50 episodes. We’ve been exploring writing, creativity and health since way back in June 2020, and we’ve talked to an amazing variety of guests. If you live with chronic illness or have a writing or creative […]

  • An exceptionally generous gift you can give anyone

    Think of a book (or movie, album, whatever) that you really love. Now imagine someone says to you, ‘Let me take the time to read that book, and then let’s talk about it. For an hour.’ Which, if you think about it, is an incredibly generous thing to do. This is the premise of Ben […]

  • Unleash your creative genius

    Humans are creative creatures. Look at everything we’ve created, from the Eiffel Tower to competitive hot dog eating to this amphibious bicycle. I’m always bursting with ideas (though none as great as that Floaty the Bubble Bike). And I’m sure you are too – even if you don’t know it. This has been one of […]

  • Getting the most from writers’ groups

    I’ve been in a writers’ group for over six years now, and the process of getting regular feedback has been transformative for my writing. Whether you’re thinking about joining a writers’ group (do it!) or you’re in one already but think it could be more effective, here are my tips on getting the most out […]

  • Ep 27 Writing for connection with Emily Maguire, author of ‘Love Objects’

    ‘It’s really important to me, as a writer, to get under the skin of my characters.’ In her new novel, Love Objects, Emily Maguire does exactly that, exploring one woman’s experience with hoarding disorder as a way to better understand our relationships with objects – and with each other. Emily is the author of six […]

  • Ep 24: Sea-creature days with Kavita Bedford, author of Friends and Dark Shapes

    In Friends & Dark Shapes, author Kavita Bedford uses the term sea-creature days, ‘Days when things that lurk beneath the surface start to come up and feel a little stronger in day-to-day life than they normally do.’ We’ve all had days like that. In episode 24 of James and Ashley Stay at Home, we interview […]

  • Ep 23: Sinking a hotel room with internationally bestselling author David Vann

    When we spoke to David Vann, he was on his final day of a two-week covid quarantine in a hotel room in Cambodia. He had with him an AED (an automatic external defibrillator) and an EPIRB (an emergency position indicating radio beacon), in case of sinking. He wasn’t specifically concerned about sinking the hotel room, […]

  • Ep 20: Up against the limits of medical knowledge with author Josephine Taylor

    “I was pretty well bedridden, unable to move very easily for about the first year … I’d sort of have to shallow breathe into the tops of my lungs.” When Josephine Taylor first began to experience chronic pain, she started to reduce her commitments. She was a career woman and a mum. But gradually, she […]

  • From final draft to publication to audiobook

    In 2017, I found myself with a 12,000-word novella. It was best piece of fiction I’d ever written, and possibly my best piece of writing full stop, and it sat on my hard drive, dreaming of readers. I hadn’t intended to write a novella; my master’s degree program had dictated the word length. But writing […]