How to write a book when you’re crazy busy with kids

How to write a book when you’re crazy busy with kids

First of all: you don’t have to. Writers beat themselves up all the time about not writing enough, not being prolific enough or not living the kind of life we all imagine writers live. This article isn’t one more stick to beat yourself with. There are times in life when writing fades into the background – and that’s okay. But, equally, maybe you’re super-busy raising a family – with no end in sight – and you’re craving the opportunity to…

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How to create in the chaos of life

How to create in the chaos of life

Do you want to write, paint, act, make music, create..? But does life keep getting in the way? It’s hard to say this without sounding harsh, but I’m going to say it how it is, right at the beginning, just in case nobody else ever has. It’s not life that’s getting in the way. It’s you. We get in the way of creating by making excuses, blaming others, feeling sorry for ourselves and creating seemingly unsolvable problems. We live by…

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Lots of creative ideas? What about the follow through??

Lots of creative ideas? What about the follow through??

Creativity is beautiful in its simplicity – ‘bringing something new into being’ is an aspect of our humanness as natural as taking a breath. If we’re a ‘creative person’ then we need to create. Perhaps this is why creativity has been found to promote good mental health: it gives us a sense of flow, purpose, meaning. But sometimes our creativity can drive us crazy too. There are all sorts of reasons for this, but one of them is that the…

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Cosy up to Contradiction – how to be a better writer

Cosy up to Contradiction – how to be a better writer

We love certainty. We look for it in everything: our religion, philosophies, morality, politics, how to guides. We want things that will work. We want tried and tested. We want to be sure. This works, that doesn’t. This is worthwhile, brilliant, the perfect solution. While that, on the other hand, is not to be trusted. These things represent who I am; I live accordingly. I’ve surfed many a tide of compelling new truth in the hope of making sense of…

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