I’ve had websites on and off since I was thirteen. Whenever I didn’t have a website, I felt like something was missing. I didn’t know what to do with all my spare time. (I know, I should’ve been writing, but I was a stroppy, self-loathing teenager.)

As social media took over and my online forum began to die, I knew it was time for a new website project. I already had a personal blog, but I’d never put much effort into it. I didn’t know what it wanted to be. It had posts on it about my sewing projects, my pets, and ramblings about family life. It was all over the place, and I lacked the enthusiasm to write regularly.

In the summer of 2014 my MA was drawing to a close whether I wanted it to or not. I wanted to keep writing, but I also wanted to have a way to share the things I’d learned and that I’d continue to learn throughout my writing journey. I didn’t want my journey to end just because I’d stopped paying for it.

So I decided to set up a new blog.

I spent weeks agonising over a title. What made it unique? What made me unique? Two of my biggest interests are writing and cooking, so I began to list ideas that combined the two. After all, books and poems and even blog posts have recipes just like cakes do.

So, three years later, here we are.

I’ve published my first book—and shared my journey with you—and now I’m about to publish the second. I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way, but they’ve all taught me something. They’ve all got me to here. And, as I continue to learn and grow, I’m going to share those lessons with you.

At The Writer’s Cookbook you’ll find recipes on everything from writing about mental health, how to be more organised in your writing, and how to read more.

Whatever you write, The Writer’s Cookbook has just the ingredients you need.