Publishing Books is Weird

If there’s one common thread across both of my publishing experiences, it’s that the whole thing feels oddly and inappropriately anticlimatic.

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Forcing Myself to Write

I’m forcing myself to write for an hour a day without distractions, and – well, it’s hard. But I’m determined to start writing more, so here we go.

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I’m not writing much fiction right now and that’s okay.

Let me totally honest: this blog post isn’t for you. It’s for me. Well, I’m hoping that it will be useful to you, too! But the amount I’m writing is something that weighs constantly on my mind. Because, you know, if you want to be a writer then…you’ve got to write things. That’s the one […]

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I do things in isolation too much

Photo by James Fitzgerald.

We’re continuing today with a week of reflecting on my own qualities that need improvement. Today’s one is a single point, but one that pervades almost every corner of my life. And, perhaps not surprisingly, it’s this: I spend too much time doing things in isolation. This might seem an odd thing to say, given […]

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Museum Adventure #1

It’s 1pm on a windy December day. Our heroine – spoilers, that’s me – has just trekked two hours into central London. The bridge was so frigid that her hands are freezing, because for some reason she decided to take her gloves out of her handbag this morning. And, at last, she is now standing […]

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I Completed My Reading Challenge!

Over this year I’ve talked about how reading had become hard work, and how a reading challenge had fixed that for me. Well, awesome news: I completed my reading challenge for the year almost a month early! I’m actually on track to finish another book in the next week or so, too. You can see […]

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Finding Inspiration in Variety

I listen to a few different podcasts these days. One of them is Felicia Day’s podcast (still allegedly in beta – it’s really good though). In her recent episode, she mentioned something about how to get inspiration as a writer. Specifically that: to write what you know, you need to do a lot of weird […]

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Freelancing, Failure and Forward Momentum

For about as long as I’ve had this blog (and maybe a bit longer), I’ve wanted to branch out into freelancing. I’ve done some freelance writing in the past, but primarily producing copy for things like advertisements rather than writing actual blog articles. What I wanted to do this time round was write articles. There […]

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