When it comes to writing, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. I write novels and I write poetry. I go to the Cheltenham Poetry Society workshops and if I’m feeling brave, I enter the Poetry Talent Night. I’m not as accomplished as the other poets in the group and it took a bit […]
I think every writer needs a space to call their own but maybe that space isn’t what I though it was. I am fortunate enough to have a small room that I use as a writing room, although I realise that not everyone is that lucky. Having had four children, who are now grown up, […]
When I was nursing I was very strict with myself about Continuing Professional Development (CPD). That is probably an understatement. It was a requirement of the Nursing and Midwives Council that a nurse undertook at least 450 hours of practice and 35 hours of learning activity, within a 3 year period. This varies for different […]
Dual Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling said that, ‘The best way to have a great idea is to have a lot of ideas,’ When you work in a muddle, as I often do, you still need to find a way to organize the ideas into something structured. I used to have lots of bits of […]
During a recent coaching session on my ‘authentic social media strategy’, with a friend, Reid, he asked me if I planned regular time out from writing to undertake professional reflection. It was a really interesting question because, when I was nursing, I took professional reflection seriously as part of my continual professional development. I would […]
One of the greatest obstacles that we face as writers, or in any other sphere of life for that matter, is fear. We fear failure, fear success, fear change, fear rejection and countless other things.
I’m not the most patient person in the world, but I’m well aware that patience, when I exercise it, helps my writing. The principle applies to my patience with the work, with myself and with those in the writing industry.
It seems to me that one of the most important things to do with any written work, is to allow it to be scrutinized by others. We often have a wrong view of our own work and are a little precious about it. A couple of years back, I was talking with Pete Wyer of […]
We all have friends, family or people who we see regularly, from whom we would like to hide when we see them coming. I have a few good friends who always encourage me and want to know about my writing life and I am blessed with family members who support me in my writing and […]
I asked myself today, is failure a necessary part of success in the same way that we say ‘no pain, no gain’? If I look at the example of top footballers, for instance, easy success seems to lead to a kind of self-delusion. Some of them imagine that any behaviour is acceptable and that they […]