A writer needs a website like a bicycle needs a fish. Or something like that. People who bang words together for a living should provide some evidence of that skill in all media, apparently. But that’s a bit like giving a cartographer a blank map, or a monkey a banana plantation. A website, a blog, another blog, yet another blog, a twitter account, a facebook page or two – these all allow a certain kind of writer to pretend they are writing when, in fact, they are hiding from words. I am that kind of writer: word-driven but yet bone-idle; deadline-meeting but procrastinatory; clever with words but surprisingly dense about numbers, maps, agendas and anything that has diagrams; a good cook with dire presentational skills; a keen grower with no horticultural training; a wordsmith who longs to draw. In short, my blog is not called Writing Neuroses for nothing.
The Allotment Diaries is out now!