Thirty Days and Counting

Sep 10th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 7 min read

Today marks my thirty days off medication. Having been on it for the better part of two years, you can probably imagine how difficult (or terrifying, if I’m being completely honest) it was to stop relying on something to help me get through the day. It was suddenly up to me, on my own, to find a way to keep my moods high and my...

Top 5: Tips on Editing Your Own Work

Jan 29th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 3 min read

The easiest part of writing a novel is the actual writing. Getting all those words and ideas that are taking up space in your head down onto the blank page. Simple. What’s difficult is what comes after that: the editing. Keeping consistency with grammar and style, deciding what moves the plot along, killing your darlings. But it needs to be done and although it’s true...

Maintaining Your Mental Health in 2018

Jan 15th, 2018 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

Maintaining mental health can be difficult at the best of times, but when life becomes that little bit too overwhelming it can get a whole lot worse. As someone who suffers from many a mental issue (bar the fact that I’m a writer so, naturally, fictional characters whisper in my ear on a daily basis), I’ve discovered that the trick to maintaining mental health isn’t...

Top Tips: Adapting A Novel For The Screen

Sep 12th, 2016 Caffeine Addled Ramblings 4 min read

When I first adapted The Silence, I started counting how many times people asked me how to adapt a novel for the screen. After the eighteenth time I lost count so, for all of those that asked, here are my top five tips: ∞ ∞ ∞ Read the book – not once, not twice but three times… Reading the book is probably the most obvious tip I...