Ten years ago, I started writing fiction as an “adult.” Sure, I’d been scribbling stories since I was a kid, but none of it was serious. I was filled with confidence (first mistake) that my new English Literature degree meant I had a leg up on every other writer on the planet.
I think you know where this is going.
To me, typing “The End” meant that I was on a crash course into bestseller stardom. Jonny Depp was slated to play one of my main characters, and obviously Tim Burton would direct. …
Here’s the 5 things I’m doing to nurture my creativity
One year. Can you believe it?
I’m at this strange point where I’ve forgotten what it’s like to nip over to a cafe to meet a friend, or grab a bus to the nearest mall for an afternoon shopping spree. Last night, I had a Covid-related mental breakdown in a dream. It had something to do with not getting to go to an all-you-can-eat island buffet, because pandemic.
Things are getting weird.
To add to it all, an article in the Guardian has been going around about Writer’s Blockdown. I…
Okay, so let’s not talk about the first trimester. That was pretty much a sleep-fest, though I do like to blame lockdown for at least some of my laziness.
But now that I’ve been enjoying my second trimester for a solid two months, I can confirm that my creativity has spiked in ways I’d never have imagined.
I’d always been nervous about how having kids would affect my writing. After creating life, would building fictional worlds still hold the same appeal it once did? Would I still feel a need to write at all? …
Copywriting. I don’t know about you, but the word tastes unpoetic. Bland. Corporate.
Truth is, there’s a lot more to copywriting than suits, swivel chairs and sushi lunches. (Alliteration is the true mark of a creative writer). (No, it isn’t).
I didn’t consciously decide to get into copywriting. It just sort of… happened. And since I didn’t do much research into the field beforehand, I had no idea what I was falling into.
That said, these are the seven things I wish I’d known when I first started:
Okay, if you look hard enough, I’m sure you’ll find a school…
Gaming Can Inspire Your Writing More Than You Think
You’re probably suspicious about this article being one big excuse to procrastinate, and you’re not entirely wrong. But really, there’s compelling evidence that playing the Sims, and other games, can kickstart your creativity.
Obviously, but hear me out. After hours of sitting in front of a computer screen, beating yourself up for not finding the perfect adjective to describe your antagonist’s nose hair, you probably need a break.
Taking some time to clear my head is the only way that I’ve been able to write eight different manuscripts over…
Honestly, I don’t like taking new supplements. You can blame my health anxiety. I just don’t trust introducing foreign substances into my system, despite the fact that I know most of these are already part of my diet, and, in some cases, my body.
But I’ve been hearing about magnesium’s “magical” qualities for years, and I’ve been curious about whether it would actually help me.
For the most part, my anxiety has been completely manageable, but since moving across the planet and becoming pregnant, everything — and I mean everything — has blown out of proportion. I’ve been desperate to…
I’d been looking forward to a nearby bakery’s social distancing-friendly reopening for almost a week. As a pregnant lady in the U.K., classed in the “vulnerable” group, it had been months since I’d left the house for anything other than a walk around my neighborhood and the occasional trip to the doctor.
If you aren’t currently pregnant, take a minute to think about what that might feel like during a pandemic. Specifically, imagine the cravings.
Mine was for all, and I mean all, of the baked goods.
I dreamt of double chocolate chip muffins, scones, and clotted cream, and every…
It’s an unpopular opinion, but admit it: you want the excuse.
I’m all about finding silver linings, so in theory, productivity during self-isolation sounds great. We finally have time to write a book, or deep-clean the house, or go through our tax deductibles with a fine-tooth comb. Fun stuff.
But I’ve noticed a heightened pressure to be productive, and it isn’t just coming from the anxious type-A voice inside my head. No, this pressure is all over the internet: