My name is Aaron Cox. I’m a ghost writer in the financial sector in London and am an fiction writer.
I have long had a fascination with fiction writing: it is a craft I have been practicing for nearly twenty years. As a reader and writer, short stories have always provided the most wonder and nourishment. I can be dazzled by the dystopian stories of JG Ballard or dark, domestic scenes of Alice Munro in equal measure. As part of my undergraduate degree in English literature, I once wrote twenty thousand words on the narratological experiments found in Robert Coover’s short fictions. Most of my analysis focused on two stories, which together came to about a third of the length of my thesis. I’ll reserve judgement about whether my word count was a sign of the art form’s richness or a crazy obsession on my part. I have an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck College, which I completed in 2011.
I am presently working on a novel set between the financial crisis and the London Riots. It is due for completion in early 2017.
Writing is a curious art form that involves trying to put structure to the mind’s wild musings. I’ve called this blog writing smog as those early, all-important drafts often feel like I am writing in a kind of a smog that will only clear by reworking a piece until I can finally see what it’s about. As Toby Litt once said during the MA at Birkbeck, “writing is rewriting; reading is rereading”. It’s an idea that certainly seems to apply to my own working methods.
The pages on this blog contain ideas about the writing process and observations about the novels and short stories that I am reading – bits and pieces that pique my interest – and possibly the odd short story, a few pages of the novel or other bits of fiction I am working on.
I have had short stories published in Unsweetened, the University of New South Wales’s annual student anthology, and Birkbeck College’s Mechanics Institutes Review. I have also had minor recognition for stories sent to competitions:
Drought was short listed for BBC Radio 4 Opening Lines programme in 2012.
Halloween received an honorable mention from US short story journal Glimmer Train as part of its February 2015 New Writer Award.
The Occupants was a highly commended story at the London Short Story Prize 2016.
Herd and Splinter won Spread the Word’s ‘City of Stories’ competition for the London borough of Lewisham 2017