Alyssa Mackay: Me, Myself and Author

Alyssa Mackay: Me, Myself and Author

A couple of months' ago, I came across a hilarious blog post, First thoughts reading my first draft, on Alyssa Mackay's website. It had me in stitches, so I browsed Alyssa's other posts and saw she wasn't a one-hit wonder—there were other entertaining posts, like...

Deborah Sessions: Am I A Writer?

Deborah Sessions: Am I A Writer?

Motherhood, especially in the early years, can be an all-encompassing identity. Your own dreams, wants and needs are put on hold indefinitely, often for years, and it's hard to remember, at times, the person you were pre-baby.    That's why it's good to...

Christine Eyres: Writing With Agnes

Christine Eyres: Writing With Agnes

I'm thrilled to welcome such a multi-talented lady into the attic this week. Christine Eyres not only has a gift with words but is also a very accomplished artist. In this post, Christine tells the story of her Scottish great-grandmother, Agnes, a courageous...

Replenishing the Empty Well

Replenishing the Empty Well

Today I felt like journaling. It had been a few months since my last journal entry because I hadn't had much to say. But today I felt like writing again so, for a change, I decided to type my thoughts straight into a Word document. This is different to how I last...

Kirsty Dummin: The Imposter in the Attic

Kirsty Dummin: The Imposter in the Attic

I've been itching to share this week's post! It's another of those searingly honest essays in which the writer opens up about how hard it is to actually sit down and write. Don't be fooled by the heading—it's not only about feeling like an imposter, but about...

Happy Birthday to Writers in the Attic!

Happy Birthday to Writers in the Attic!

A few days ago, on the first of August, Writers in the Attic turned one year old! Just over a year ago I tentatively approached a couple of writers and asked them to pen an essay about what being a writer meant to them. I certainly didn't expect it would still be...

Camilla Hullick: My Happy Place

Camilla Hullick: My Happy Place

In the attic with me this week is Camilla Hullick. Camilla sent me this heartwarming story of how she returned to her 'happy place' after many years away from it.   I related to Camilla's conflicting emotions of enjoying solitude and physical work and at the same...

Susan Dunn: My Reading and Writing Life

Susan Dunn: My Reading and Writing Life

Perth writer, Susan Dunn, is my guest in the attic this week. Susan's essay takes us from her early reading through to her adult writing life, and I'm sure you'll enjoy reading about the books and people who have influenced her.   'I curled up in bed...

Anthea Hodgson: The Drifter’s Heart

Anthea Hodgson: The Drifter’s Heart

I don't have the words to express how deeply this essay by Anthea Hodgson about her dad and his death from Alzheimer's affected me. All I can say is that it's beautiful and it made me cry. If you've never read a Writers in the Attic post before, today's the day...

Rebecca Freeman: Running Writing

Rebecca Freeman: Running Writing

I'm so proud to host of this series of essays and bring you a different insight into the writing life every week. Each essay is truly inspiring and thoughtful and really bolsters my spirits. They're all too special, really, not to be published more widely or in print,...