Wharton’s Words

anna wharton
Sharing what I know about writing and reading fiction, memoir, and general life musings
Created 03 Sep 2021
  • If I’m Lying, Come Sue Me
    16 Nov 2021 • 17 min read • 40 87
    Whenever I caught my husband flirting, messaging other women, or cheating, he would say to me: “You knew what my job was when you met me.” By way of explanation, his job then, and now, is the lead sin...
  • “It Kills Me To Think of Fuller’s Hands on my Mum in the Mortuary”
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    * I ghosted my friend’s story for The Telegraph. Warning, this piece contains disturbing detail * Subscribe now When the police knocked on my door back in October, it had been eight years since my mot...
  • Guest Author Takeover Lesson
    04 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 3 0
    As a subscriber to Anna’s Substack, I’m very much interested in her writing process. I am slightly obsessed by every writer’s process, to be honest. Including my own. Truth is, we all get there in the...
  • Women Cannot Even Rest In Peace
    01 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    Women are not safe. It doesn’t matter how many times you say it, the message still doesn’t get through. Lately women are being told that their fear of men is largely in their minds, that their experie...
  • Lesson Nine: Getting Back on the Horse
    01 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    Six weeks after our wedding party, my ex-husband was in bed with another woman he’d met a few days previously. I remember the remark of my divorce lawyer when I told her: ‘Wow, he didn’t even stop to ...
  • Rachel
    28 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    WARNING: Those of a sensitive disposition may find this story disturbing, but … well, it is Halloween. The first kid was definitely an accident, I mean, there was no other way to explain it. That kind...
  • Lesson Eight: The Importence of Spelling
    28 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    My nine-year-old daughter didn’t get picked for art club this term and she was a little disappointed. With great entrepreneurial spirit, she and her fellow rejects set up a lunchtime art club of their...
  • Apply Now for Free Writing Mentoring
    25 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 1 0
    Today, a takeover on my substack from the mentees I have been working with for the month of October. Regular readers will know that in September, I announced I was offering free mentoring for working ...
  • Lesson Seven: Rest days
    21 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    I am sitting by a pool as I write this. I swim most days and I don’t feel guilty that I am not at my desk. There, I said it. It is probably because some of my best ideas come to me while I am swimming...
  • The Family Stone
    15 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 2 0
    Mummy’s cross with Daddy again. We’ve been sitting down in our circle waiting for him in the living room, like we do every night. He’s always late. Mummy says it’s because he doesn’t want to do it, th...
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