The Perfect Place to Write

February 24, 2011
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The Perfect Place to Write

For as long as I can remember I’ve had a love affair with Paris. Maybe it’s the streamlined trees, the stylish waifs cycling in heels, or the crunch of a baguette topped with warm camembert…with the abundance of Parisian clichés it’s easy to romanticise the City of Light. My most significant trip to Paris was taken three years ago when I took a sabbatical from my corporate job. Paris 2008 I hadn’t taken my writing seriously since I studied English at university but it I wanted to write a book, and thought that Paris was the only place I could…

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What Stops You Getting Down To Writing?

January 20, 2011
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What Stops You Getting Down To Writing?

Fancy being a guinea pig and getting free help with your writing?     We’ve been a little quiet on the website of late, for good reason: Kate  and I are recording the modules of our new “Breakthrough Writers Block” online programme. The aim is to clear the psychological blocks that get in the way of getting down to writing: not just “staring at the blank page/screen” syndrome but numerous other issues  such as: I don’t have time to write I don’t have space to write I don’t know where to start My partner is unsupportive What if my writing…

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The Causes of Procrastination – and the Cures

December 16, 2010
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Most writers I know are, or have at some point been, Olympic-level procrastinators.  Many years ago, after University, I decided to take a year off to dedicate myself to writing. I spent many a long hour watering the plants, staring out of the windows, cleaning the windows, cutting my fringe, staring out of the windows again (clearer vision now, after the cleaning and fringe cutting) and finding it very, very difficult to write anything.  Why?  Well, the pressure. (Admittedly pressure I’d put on  myself.  No-one was waiting for a 21-year-old’s words of wisdom, that was for sure).   The fear…

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