How to persist when hope is lost

How to persist when hope is lost

All artists hope for something from their creativity. Writers, musicians, painters, sculptors. Ask a hundred artists what it is they want, and you might get a hundred different answers. Some want to entertain, whilst others hope to provoke emotion or new ways of thinking. Some might long to be centre stage, in the limelight, being adored, whilst others actively choose anonymity, fiercely protecting their identity. Some might care nothing about the opinion of their audience, whilst others clearly yearn for…

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Is busyness a badge of honour? Or something else entirely?

Is busyness a badge of honour? Or something else entirely?

  We’ve heard it all before. We wear busyness like a badge of honour and we shouldn’t. Plenty of articles tell us how detrimental it is to our health and relationships. Come on, the message goes, isn’t it time you stopped this self-destructive obsession with busyness? I’d be the first to wish for a world of balance and fulfilment where none of us feel too busy (unless we really love it). But it’s a tricky one. There are many versions…

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Embracing vulnerability. How to be a better writer.

Embracing vulnerability. How to be a better writer.

Want to be a better writer? Then be a better person. I came across this statement years ago and I’ve never forgotten it. I only wish I could remember who said it. There’s no short cut with this one, but being a better person is great advice if you want to be a better writer. But what exactly does it mean? It doesn’t really mean be a nicer person, conforming to some moral code, doing good deeds. Although, perhaps, being…

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When is the perfect time to share your writing?

When is the perfect time to share your writing?

The perfect time to share your writing is a balancing act, for sure. I don’t know exactly where the idea came from (perhaps I just created it!) but I was plagued, for years, with the notion that in order to be a proper writer I ought to be sharing my writing on a regular basis and getting out there making connections and building networks. I put pressure on myself to join a writers’ group (hated it every time I went)…

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