• 2018,  creative writing class,  fiction,  NaNo,  writing

    A Few Writing Thoughts

    Since the end of September I’ve been going to a weekly writers group most weeks. It’s been good for me to have the space each week which is given over to writing and makes me focus on actually writing rather than thinking about it and talking about it.  It’s also very inspiring to hear others talk about what they’re writing. Sometimes I struggle to find things to fill the time with and others I struggle to concentrate for the whole time (it’s 2 hours split into two 45 minute writing sessions and coffee breaks).  Sometimes I end up googling things I want to know about for my writing and others…

  • 2018,  creative writing class,  fiction,  Flash Fiction,  writing

    Flash Fiction: The Truth About Penguins

    I recently took part in a one day workshop on flash fiction. One of the exercises we did was to write a piece inspired by a picture. The photo I got was of a penguin diving underwater. I’ve typed it up to share in this blog and would welcome feedback. I’ve not edited it beyond breaking it into paragraphs and changing the odd repetitive word. The Truth About Penguins   The penguin took the fish from the trainer. She was giving the talk about “penguin behaviour” yet again. And as always she was getting it wrong. Personally he couldn’t understand how humans could be so stupid. Wasn’t it obvious? Still…

  • 2014,  creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing

    A Weekend in London

    I went to London for the weekend and I had a busy but brilliant time. Friday I met up with a good friend of mine who moved to London a couple of years ago.  We went over to the Tower of London to see the poppies.  I wanted to see them again and she hadn’t seen them.  It was strange because in so many places there were more than there were when Mum and I went in September but they were very definitely taking them down and there were gazebos and boxes and people in places doing that.  It was also completely and utterly rammed with people looking at them. …

  • 2013,  anaemia,  crafts,  creative writing class,  NaNo,  NaNoWriMo,  photos,  powerchair,  Quickie Salsa,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Random Bullet Points of Life

    ♥ I got my powerchair back yesterday and I took it out for a very long wander around this afternoon. I came back cold but with the cobwebs well and truly blown away and feeling happier. (An Instagram I took as proof I went out and because I thought it looked nice. Road, trees, sky, cars going past and the power station in the distance) ♥ I can’t remember if I posted here that I was going to take the creative writing class again. It was going to be a five week class with the same tutor I had before. The first one was last week but the rest have…

  • 101 in 1001,  blogging,  creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >101 in 1001 – Item 28…

    > Make a continued effort to become a writer …has been completed! OK so this is one I could probably have ticked off some weeks ago when my Disability Now article was published but I wanted that to have it’s own entry.  So I decided to work on NaNoWriMo this year and then tick it off after that.  It’s also an apt time to do because my creative writing course has finished and I’ve decided not to continue it (for now at least). I think becoming a writer or being a writer isn’t something you ever stop but more of an ongoing process.  Writing is definitely more about the journey…

  • creative writing class,  haiku,  Poetry,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >Haiku

    >Garden reading booksLate night of barbecue funSummertime living *** Stuck in house – snow Bored, fed up, want to go Yet warm, cosy, happy *** Hate writing Haiku Syllables really confuse Write them I cannot All content copyright Emma Crees, 2006 – 2012 unless otherwise stated http://writerinawheelchair.blogspot.com

  • achievements,  competitions,  creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >A Reading

    >The Arts Centre where I do my creative writing class (amongst other things!) held a literary day on Saturday.  Basically they held a second hand book sale for charity and they had readings from “local writers” AKA the creative writing class.  It was actually described in the e-mail that went round promoting it as “readings from local writers” and I thought, oh cool I’d like to know who’ve got for local writers.  Then I realised, oh shit, that’s me!! So I gave a reading on Saturday which was open to the public!  Scary!  There were 9 audience members and I think they were all people’s family or friends but still…

  • creative writing class,  down,  goals,  Uncategorized,  writing

    >Compliments

    >I’ve been meaning to post this since it happened because I don’t want to forget about it.  Especially today as I am a bit fed up about stupid things that shouldn’t bother me.  So here goes: On Thursday one of the newer creative writers (there are several of us who have done the course more than once; he is one of the ones who was new this time round) and I were chatting.  We went out for a meal after the class as it was the last one of the course. And he described me as a semi-professional writer what with all my reviewing and all that. How very. very…

  • awareness,  creative writing class,  disability,  me me me,  Uncategorized,  wheelchair,  writing

    >Been There, Done That

    >I’ve been writing a piece about a woman in a wheelchair over the last week or so.  Basically, we’re doing a creative writing anthology in the class I go to. The tutor wrote an opening to a story, the premise of which is that this woman owns a haunted mansion and offers £1 Million to anyone who can last an entire night in there.  We’re all writing our own versions of what happens next. And as soon as I heard about that idea my first thought was “that sort of place probably wouldn’t have wheelchair access”  I took that idea and ran with it for my part.  Writing it gave…

  • creative writing class,  Uncategorized,  writing,  you know...

    >You know you’re a writer when…

    >…you get lost in writing and forget to have dinner or the long version: You know you’re a writer when you have a great idea and a fantastic title for your part of a group anthology (that we’re doing in creative writing part).  You get stuck on the how, write the beginning (takes two weeks) and then spend a week trying to figure out how to make what comes next work.  Two hours before the class you figure it out and start trying to get it down.  You do get a rough first draft done but you get so lost in the writing you don’t eat dinner.  Instead you have…