The Write Passion


Stone Cottage Blog

I began this blog as a way of sharing my life lived in the North Pennines, England. The old, stone cottage I call home, was going to be the focus point the project. It’s a very demanding house as it requires constant upkeep and maintenance. This past year alone, I have built a wall to prevent the hill from tumbling into the garden, a fence to prevent an invasion of sheep or cattle, and a terrace to make sitting outdoors more comfortable. I have also had a friend round to repair one of our chimneys. After writing this post I must go into the attic and exterminate some pesky woodworm who have made their home in the beams that support the roof. I also wanted to write about the wonderful surroundings: the fells, lakes, woodland… The North Pennines is a paradise if you don’t mind bleak. I love bleak.

But writing blog posts about the cottage never really inspired me so it never really took off. This is partly due to a more important focus in my life: writing. In recent years, about 10(!), I have had an increasing desire to become a writer. I want to write: fiction, non-fiction, books, articles… (Okay, so keeping a blog is writing). What I have learnt from this experience, so far, is that a writer writes with passion not with pencil (or keyboard). And so, if the subject doesn’t float your boat, don’t sail in it.

The Author Himself

I then began to use the blog to explore the subject of writing. There is so much to write about. Publishers, self-publishing, the craft itself, editing, my own work… But that boat didn’t float for me either. I don’t really want to write about writing I want to write, about life and what life is for us ordinary folk. And this is best done through fiction. There are plenty of exceptionally good blogs about writing that one more would add nothing and be a waste of my time. Back to the drawing board.

Keeping a blog has not been the only way I have found to express my writing ambitions. I recently completed a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and I am now about to embark upon a PhD – starting in October. The latter undertaking is the realisation of a life-long dream. I have always wanted to work on an academic project that is unique. This you can only get with a PhD Thesis.

And so, the third and hopefully final stage of this blog’s development will be to accompany me on the journey towards completing a Doctorate… I will use it to share my progress – to myself more than anyone: making statements about your life on a public forum is sort of special, even if no one else ever reads it.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…

Dr. Seuss


I will try to use my own images where I can as I am a keen photographer, but otherwise I source the website’s images from Pixabay .