How to create a character profile, with a free downloadable template for writers.

How to create a character profile (with a free downloadable template for writers)

Why a character profile is so important It's no secret that creating richly detailed characters is a super important part of creative writing. I absolutely adore making character profiles. In fact, most of the time I create the characters first and the story follows them. If your characters have enough depth, if you know them … Continue reading How to create a character profile (with a free downloadable template for writers)

Self-portrait in blue, with mirrors and lenses. Conceptual portrait photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #portraitphotography #conceptualportrait

Reflections: Surreal photography

I've been really enjoying nature photography recently and it lends itself beautifully to the super vibrant colours and close-up impact that I love, but it's still based around finding a beautiful thing and capturing an image of it in situ. I don't think I'll ever lose my passion for creating photographs from the ground up … Continue reading Reflections: Surreal photography

#MakeArtBeMagic: Spark your creative revolution

Make art. Be magic: Spark your creative revolution

What is magic? Shifting consciousness. Harnessing energy. Recognising your power. Affecting change. Magic is everywhere, all around you and, most importantly, within you. Yes, creative person reading this, I'm talking to you. Don't believe me? OK, think about the art you create. Whether you're drawing, painting, taking photographs, writing, making clothes, building furniture, dancing, playing … Continue reading Make art. Be magic: Spark your creative revolution

Journaling in the morning for a happy, productive day. #journaling #morningpages #productivity #productivitytips #creativitytips

Journaling in the morning for a happy, productive day

I've dipped in and out of journaling for pretty much as long as I could hold a pen and point it at a piece of paper. Recently, I've been reading about morning pages, described by Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way, as "three pages of longhand, stream of consciousness writing, done first thing in … Continue reading Journaling in the morning for a happy, productive day

I'm on Pinterest sharing useful things for creative people

I’m on Pinterest, sharing useful things for creative people

In May's month in review post, I talked about how one of my aims is to help creative people achieve their goals. This is a many-tentacled beast of an objective and the first tentacle (OK, this analogy is getting weird but I'm sticking with it) involves sharing things I've found useful with other people who … Continue reading I’m on Pinterest, sharing useful things for creative people

Colour photograph of artist Laura Jeacock styled as a creative and contemporary representation of the Norse goddess, Hel. Portrait photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #hel #hela #norsemythology

Hel: Norse mythology and portrait photography

This is what happens when a goddess shows up in your garden... Amazing artist, most excellent witch and one of my best friends in the world, Laura Jeacock, embodying Norse goddess Hel for Drawing the Goddess, part of the Rites of Spring life drawing event run by Seasons of the Witch, an interactive art project. Hel, … Continue reading Hel: Norse mythology and portrait photography

Month in review: May 2018

Month in review: May 2018

This month has felt weirdly long and I'm not entirely sure why. I've done a lot of big thinking, so maybe that's part of it. As much as I adore writing and photography, I've felt like there's been a gap and I've been trying to figure out why. I knew there was something else I … Continue reading Month in review: May 2018

Close-up colour photograph of indigo flowers. Shot with a Polaroid maco lens attachment on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Not exactly a problem: I cannot stop taking macro photos of flowers

I don't know whether it's the effect of having a garden after not having one for almost twenty years (we've lived in our current home for nearly two years and the novelty still hasn't worn off) or just a natural reaction to summer arriving after having snow right into April, but I seriously can't get … Continue reading Not exactly a problem: I cannot stop taking macro photos of flowers

Colour macro photograph of a pink and yellow hydrangea flower. Shot with a Polaroid macro lens on a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography #macrophotography

Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

This is such a wonderful time of year for taking pictures in the garden. I often think I would love a 'proper' macro lens but there's a special kind of joy in using my cheap (and I do mean cheap - just over a tenner!) Polaroid macro lens attachment to capture beautiful details. I found … Continue reading Nature macro photography: Six-legged mountaineers and other treasures

Colour photography of an empty beach and a cloudy blue sky. Nature photography by Tanya Simone Simpson. #naturephotography

Happiness is an empty beach

No people - just sand, sea and sky. Cold salt water runs in my veins and this is where I find peace. I've really needed some head space lately for a bunch of (now resolved, thankfully!) reasons and sitting by the water's edge, letting the ripples run over my hands, was the perfect catalyst for … Continue reading Happiness is an empty beach