Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com In the last few months, we've all been affected by the global pandemic. Not one of us has escaped. Some have lost jobs or loved ones, some have faced the stress of exposure to the virus at work, and others are dealing with disrupted routines and the nightmare juggle … Continue reading The importance of kindness in the #WritingCommunity
Photo by Immortal shots on Pexels.com The business of being a writer is inherently disappointing if your mark of success is achieving traditional publication or winning prizes. Although many of us harbour these desires, these glittering goals, the reality is that few writers, even successful ones, end up collecting a pile of accolades. Or sales. … Continue reading Small acts of validation: the importance of connecting with readers
Photo by Gratisography on Pexels.com After years of taking writing seriously, of small successes and countless not-so-near misses, two upcoming events have triggered my fear of failure. Big time. I usually try to ignore the fear and press on, but this time I feel the need to address it. It’s time to talk about the … Continue reading Hello imposter syndrome, my old ‘friend’.
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com This has been a big rejection year for me. In fact, since December I've received nothing else. To be fair, I've been concentrating on a large project, so it hasn't been a big submission year either. The odds haven't been in my favour. Most of the time polite form rejections … Continue reading Why all writing competitions should publish their longlists
When you decide to take writing seriously—to work towards making it a career rather than a hobby—the self-applied pressure can be enormous. Advice flows freely from successful writers: write every day, publish or perish, engage on social media, rejections are fuel. When you come to writing later in life it can feel like you've started … Continue reading Avoiding burnout as a writer
In keeping with the tradition I started last year, rather than compiling a best-of-2018 reading list, I've put together a list of five books that have surprised me, have taught me something valuable at the right time, or were memorable for some other reason. Here they are, in no particular order. Bird by Bird, Anne … Continue reading Top five memorable reads of 2018
Yesterday I went shopping with my mum. This was a rare mother-daughter day that we had both been looking forward to. I was on the hunt for a special outfit. I wanted something special, but not too special. And predictably nothing was quite right. Every dress was too formal, too informal, too young, too old, … Continue reading How to find your authentic voice
Social media feeds display a carefully curated view of other people’s lives. It’s easy to become bogged down in the extraordinary achievements of Twitter friends, and feel that you’re floundering. Left behind on the slush pile while others forge ahead with their brilliant literary careers. In view of that feeling, and a few recent rejections … Continue reading Taking stock: the importance of reflecting on the writing journey