The Haven in the Highlands: An inspiring week at Moniack Mhor

The Haven in the Highlands: An inspiring week at Moniack Mhor

There’s nothing, and I mean nothing, that I like more than getting on a train with a good book, a hot drink and a big fat piece of cake. I love knowing that the next few glorious hours will be filled with words and warmth and bits of crumb, the train snaking through greens and blues and highs and lows and eventually, but not too quickly, depositing me where I need to be.

So began to my first trip, two weeks ago, to Moniack Mhor, Scotland’s Creative Writing Centre, which is nestled in the highlands just near Inverness.

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Morning Pages: The Lazy Writer’s Friend

Morning Pages: The Lazy Writer’s Friend

I’m not much of a self-helpy type of person. As a student of critical thinking and A.J. Ayer’s verification principle, I don’t like meaningless sentences, and as a steadfast hater of routines I have arrogantly rejected anything approaching discipline in my adult life. Hence why I realised last year that I was really wasn’t writing much and actually wasn’t getting anywhere and didn’t even have a few short stories that didn’t completely suck.

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