Inside Job

The ‘Should’ Monster

Does this little monster tell you that you SHOULD be writing?

Picture this: it’s a bright July morning, and you have the day to yourself. Your perfect writing spot is waiting for pages to be filled. It’s your time. But instead of enjoying this fact, you hear a little monster tell you that you ‘should’ get to the desk, hear him growl at you over your morning coffee; chiding you for taking so long, that you ‘should’ get going; that you are wasting precious writing time. He hurries you to your desk, berating the laptop for taking its time to load up and then when the cursor is flashing, your mind…

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When Your Dreams Become A Burden

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

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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EFT for Writers

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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I’m Not a Real Writer

The belief “I’m not a real writer” is one of the biggest emotional monsters living in the writer’s psyche. It’s not just new or unpublished writers who feel or think like this, ALL writers can sit in this category including those with several books under their name:  journalists who wish they could write fiction, romance novelists who think that aren’t literary enough, writers who have hang ups about their spelling or education, have day jobs unrelated to writing, or believe that they are too normal. Do you want to change your mind? Do you really want to change the belief…

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