Problematic Attitudes

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 Perfect Place to Write

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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Jealousy of Other Writers and How it Sabotages Your Success

Jealousy of Other Writers and How it Sabotages Your Success

In her writer’s blog, The View from the Shed, Sally Quilford recently bemoaned the resentment of unpublished writers towards published ones.  The post received many comments, including one from a writer who had received unpleasant messages on Facebook and Twitter when she made a competition shortlist, from those who hadn’t. Author of A Secret Alchemy, Emma Darwin, contributed another article on the same subject. The fact is that jealousy between writers is rife – and it isn’t just the jealousy of unpublished writers towards published ones; any writer (published or not) can suffer jealousy of any other writer they perceive…

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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 It’s not just new or unpublished writers who feel or think like this, ALL writers can sit in this category including those with several books under their name:  journalists who wish they could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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