When Your Dreams Become A Burden

September 14, 2011
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When Your Dreams Become A Burden

* Did you dream of being a famous and successful writer, when you were little? * By the time you reached the age you are now, how famous and successful did you imagine yourself being? * And when you really think about that last question, does it provoke an emotional or physical reaction? Tension in your body,  a sick feeling, a tightness in your throat, tears? Early talent – and the praise and encouragement that comes with it – can be a double-edged sword. At eight or nine years old, even as a teenager, it is easy for a gifted…

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The Revolution Will Be Emotional

July 15, 2011
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The Revolution Will Be Emotional

I’ve touched on gender issues in writing before but here’s a slightly different take on the same subject.  What if the gender imbalance at the top of the literary tree – the higher proportions of men in the high-kudos publications and on the prize shortlists – is because women are more emotional? A prickly subject. Even as I type it I can envisage women across this glorious web of electrons getting ready to beat me down with a rolling pin (and I use the domestic imagery not to bait anyone further, but in an attempt to soften the ground with…

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Explanation for Absence

June 27, 2011
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Explanation for Absence

No, we don’t have a sick note from our mothers.  But in case you were enjoying what we were up do, and hoping for a little more, a brief note about the silence. The immediate aftermath of my much-desired book deal – coupled not long after with the awarding of my doctorate – has been to take my foot off the gas.  I’ve been working long and relentless hours for four years now, and it was time to take stock, re-orient myself, and award myself a little time off for good behaviour. Kate, while usefully keeping us breathing through our…

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EFT for Writers

March 29, 2011
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EFT for Writers

So what exactly is EFT?  Why do we think its a brilliant tool for writers and people who want to be writers? Let’s start with the basics. EFT stands for Emotional Freedom Technique.  It’s sometimes called ‘tapping’ and is sometimes described as “acupuncture without needles”.   From a personal familiarity with acupuncture, however, I would say it is massively more powerful in its effects – and the great bonus is, no needles or trained practitioners are required.   Of course you might want to use an EFT practitioner for really sticky problems, but it’s very simple to do and anyone…

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Twitter for Writers – Friend or Foe?

March 10, 2011
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Twitter for Writers – Friend or Foe?

As writers we know how hard it can be to stay in the writing flow and not succumb to the eighth deadly sin,  procrastination. But with people now hanging out on Facebook and Twitter for up to six hours a day and the average user creating 90 pieces of content a month, it can be hard to stay in the writing zone and out of tempting hyperspace. We are repeatedly told the importance of social networking in preparation for a publishing contract. Publishers want as much free publicity as possible and having followers on your blog, Facebook profile and Twitter…

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