Creativity Matters

At the start of the new school year has your passion for writing deserted you? Do you feel all dry and used up? Help is at hand with the new book compiled by author, Wendy H Jones and a compendium of other writers all sharing their unique styles and genre.

I have certainly struggled to rediscover my own passion for writing. Finding lockdown hard like most people, I sought a focus in a writing course at my local University of Gloucestershire – Creative and Critical Writing, and I’m glad to say that I have emerged at the end of the year with a certificate passed with merit, and a whole lot more writing and editing experience. But what now?

Before this time I published ‘Waireka,’ my historical romance set in New Zealand, but then I didn’t know what to do next. Should I write a sequel? After reading selections from this great book, I am beginning to find my ‘mojo’ again. inspired by Sheena MacLeod’s chapter on historic non-fiction, Joy Margetts historical fact-based fiction and Lorraine Smith’s historical fiction, so much so that I feel I might just write that sequel after all. I could even explore the story behind my Irish relations, as like these great writers I love social history. I also love genealogy, so was inspired by reading Jennifer Ngulube’s chapter on memoir. I might just continue where I left off on my university course assignment.

But at the moment, I have chosen to be inspired by Kirsten Bett and her chapter on writing poetry. I chose prose to study for my university course, so it’s great to get back to a bit of poetry again, the place where my writing largely began. I have subscribed to a three week poetry course – Writing Poetry and Getting Published. I might even try my luck and use some of the submissions from the course to enter a few competitions. I have been highly commended in a couple before, but never won. Perhaps now?

The important thing is that this book has given me purpose and direction again and that’s with only reading just half of it. I still have to explore writing for children, flash fiction and short stories, drama, cat tales, crime and mystery, faith stories, science fiction, humour and re-visit romance. The list of possibilities is endless. Wendy suggests writing a flash fiction piece in each of the genres in the book, so pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Why not? Great idea, Wendy.

If you’re now burning to get hold of a copy of this book, you can find it in several places on Amazon or via Wendy’s own website page at

About journojohnson

I qualified as a journalist in 2002 and after a period working as a freelance for Gloucester Media writing advertorials, interviews, articles and press releases I have gone on to write for lots of magazines and newspapers, both local and national. I write regularly for the Writers and Readers magazine but have also written for CPO's Inspire, the New Writer, Classic Ford, and Take a Break's My Favourite Recipes among many others. I published my first full-length historical novel. Waireka in 2018 and my romantic novella, Alpha Male in 2016. Both can be found on Amazon. Please follow the links on my book page.
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4 Responses to Creativity Matters

  1. Wendy Jones says:

    Thank you for such a fabulous review and I’m thrilled it has helped you find your writing mojo again. That is what the book was all about

  2. Joy Margetts says:

    A great review.Thank you for the mention! So glad we have inspired you. Keep writing!

  3. olusolasophiaanyanwu says:

    Lovely blog post, Sheila. The book is truly a great resource to expand on one’s writing abilities and imaginations! What a rich website you have too!!

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