Sophie Deal

Advertising copywriter and cartoonist from Swansea

Sophie Deal is a cartoonist and writer from Swansea, specialising in script and comedy writing.

After graduating from a Professional Writing MA in 2012, she worked as a freelance copywriter before landing an in-house advertising role for a major global brand.

When she’s not writing, she can probably be found rock climbing, slacklining or poking fun at social conventions via her cartoon website: www.in8ways.com
I Gave Up WhatsApp - Here's What

I Gave Up WhatsApp - Here's What 'Appened

Giving up WhatsApp was refreshing, particularly to begin with, and gave me a lot more thinking space than I'd had in a while. Rather than being engaged in endless, meaningless exchanges, I was able to focus more on the real world.
24/04/2017 17:16 BST
Musicians: Stop Spewing The Same

Musicians: Stop Spewing The Same Stories

There are only seven types of story in the world. And thanks to the books we read, and the films and TV shows we watch, we've experienced them all hundreds of times...
20/10/2016 16:09 BST
Introverts: Why It's Okay To Hide In The

Introverts: Why It's Okay To Hide In The Loo

But then I watched a TED Talk by Professor Brian Little, who flung up the exciting revelation that I'm not alone, and there is in fact a reason for my seemingly loopy behaviour. And it has nothing to do with a subconscious need to be around porcelain cisterns.
26/09/2016 10:42 BST
I Gave Up Facebook for Lent - And I Liked

I Gave Up Facebook for Lent - And I Liked It

I was pretty sure I'd find the challenge difficult, but I had no idea whether it would have significant impact on my everyday life. Would I miss out on things, would it be a massive inconvenience, would I get weird withdrawal symptoms?
29/03/2016 16:35 BST
Facebook's New Breakup Tools: Do We Need

Facebook's New Breakup Tools: Do We Need Them?

I admit, when a boyfriend of four years and I broke up, I wasn't a glowing example of positive willpower. Although we made the sensible decision to delete each other from Facebook, that didn't stop me from occasionally having a peek at his limited profile and descending into a self-inflicted pit of despair.
27/11/2015 17:47 GMT
Boys: We Need to

Boys: We Need to Talk

Men's emotions have been a tetchy subject for centuries. Not since the Romantic Era have blokes had the luxury of publicly indulging in their innermost feelings. Alas, if the likes of Lord Byron and William Blake were teenagers today in a London state school, they would probably have 'Bender', 'Fag' and 'Pussy' cruelly scrawled across their lockers.
30/09/2015 18:04 BST
Why We Need Katie

Why We Need Katie Hopkins

We've all heard the "if you haven't got something nice to say, don't say it" spiel. But freedom of speech is an important human entitlement and Hopkins is right to voice her thoughts. However awful, at least they give conscientious people the opportunity to undermine her with compassionate, reasoned stances.
14/09/2015 17:42 BST
Hey Coke, Fancy Saving the

Hey Coke, Fancy Saving the World?

Coke released its first global ad in 1971. I'd Like To Buy The World A Coke featured a group of stoned-looking teenagers singing a song of peace and togetherness on a hilltop. It was one of the most successful ads in history. Buy The World A Hope aims to recreate that same feeling of unity and altruism, but this time for a real cause. Saving the planet.
06/08/2015 15:55 BST
Let Them Not Eat

Let Them Not Eat Cake!

The apparent fact is: people don't like people who don't like cake. Or chocolate. Or sweets. Or most forms of unhealthy food for that matter.
12/07/2015 20:11 BST
Why Women Don't Always Want a

Why Women Don't Always Want a Fix

Stick two people together who have different inclinations along this vast and complicated scale and tensions will naturally arise. Person A can become frustrated with what they may perceive to be a Person B's impulsive behavior. Likewise, B may see the A as cold, unsympathetic or difficult to excite.
06/05/2015 11:26 BST
Plop Me A Line - Why Toilet Phonecalls Are Not

Plop Me A Line - Why Toilet Phonecalls Are Not Okay

Allow me to share a recent experience. I was sitting minding my own business (literally) in a toilet cubicle at work. The next thing I knew, a phone started buzzing in the cubicle next to me. What happened next violently shook the unspoken rules of toilet etiquette. She answered it.
07/04/2015 22:59 BST
Swearing Isn't Ladylike... F*&K

Swearing Isn't Ladylike... F*&K That

The unapologetically profane Nicki Minaj summed it up when she asked: 'Why do people ask me to lose swear words? Do people ask Eminem to lose swear words? Do they ask Lil Wayne to lose swear words?'
29/03/2015 19:25 BST