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Making a creative space

Today’s re-blog explores the “shame” of being a writer…

Scarborough Mysteries

After another re-read and edit, I have given (the hopefully almost) final draft of The Art of Breathing to a friend for another read through before it goes to the copyeditor. The Art of Breathing is the third in my series of crime novels set in Scarborough: The Art of the Imperfect ( and The Art of Survival ( came out in 2014 and 2015.whsmithnov15

I feeling strangely flat and de-motivated at this point. It is undoubtedly as Alan Garner describes it when he talks about his creative reservoir being low and in need of filling (The Voice that Thunders, 1997). He explains how when this comes upon him he feels ‘totally incapacitated’ and has to endure ‘self-loathing’.

I quoted Garner in my book Pathways through writing blocks in the academic environment ( Here I also explore the role of shame in writing. In an…

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2 responses to “Making a creative space

  1. Mike December 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Submitting your heart’s work to the unforgiving eyes of others is hard, very hard. But otherwise, what’s the point of writing?


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