As you may or may not know, I study English Language and Creative Writing at university, and have specialised in prose (short stories). It’s always been something I’ve enjoyed doing, so I thought I’d perhaps share a few pieces that I’ve written over my years at university.
As a little girl, I used to copy out my children’s story books word-by-word on the computer, pretending I was the author. Ever since then, I’ve always had a story on the go, and at the age of eleven I wrote a hundred page novella. It was my favourite thing to get home from school and get working on my story, typing away and getting to know my characters.
Now I hope my writing is a tad more sophisticated (laughs nervously) and can be shared with people other than my mum.
It’s something that has given me great opportunities – I was published in my university’s anthology – and something that will continue to stick with me for a lifetime.
People always ask – do you want to publish a book? And, to be honest, I’m not sure that I do. Not yet, anyway. It’s a huge task to write a full-length novel, something very different to my 2,500 word short stories and, if I ever were to do it, I’d want to have more life experience. To get a well-rounded character, you really have to get to know them. I want to live my own life first, go through the ups and downs, and use that as my main influence for a character.
The stories linked at the bottom of this blog post are ones I’ve worked on over my time at university so, of course, there is always more to learn when it comes to creativity, so I just ask for you to be considerate in any comments you wish to make!
Disclaimer – This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. All work is my own.
So, with that said, enjoy!!
‘Poohsticks’ is a short story I wrote for my university’s 2016 creative writing anthology, themed ‘Reflections’. It follows the narrative of a seventy-year-old woman, who reflects on a past life as she watches a mother and daughter play poohsticks together.
Life after the Pottery Wheel
This is a story I wrote in my second year at university. It’s a sort of ‘snapshot’ of the life of a married couple. They make pottery – rather badly – and each item represents a significant moment in their lives.
If you’d like me to post more of my creative writing (maybe even some of my earlier and cringey works) then let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,