Writing Fundamentals

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 Causes of Procrastination – and the Cures

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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The End of Self-Sabotage

You know how it is. You want to write but you can’t seem to get down to it. Perhaps you are suffering from writers’ block. Or perhaps you can’t even get to your desk. After all, there is always something more pressing to do. Look after your family. Do that thing for work. Water the plants. Clean the windows. Watch a film. You know how it is. And all the time, something is nagging away at you. The voice that says “You’re still not writing your book”. Welcome to the end of self-sabotage. We are two professional writers who have…

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