Writers are among the top 10 professions most prone to depression. This appears to make sense, in the light of what we know about many famous authors, and other artists. Mental illness and art seem to go hand in hand. To almost compliment one another. Some think that artists need to be a little bit insane to… Continue reading Did depression make me a better writer?
A few weeks ago Mr Arguably Honest and I went on a short holiday to Portugal. As most writers probably do, I took my writing tool (a.k.a. my laptop) with me. I mean, why wouldn't I take it. After all, I was going on holiday. I expected there would be plenty of time to write… Continue reading Writing on holiday – yay or nay?
It was December afternoon. Not late enough to be described as evening, but already dark. As it is in December. My first time visiting Oxford. It was before the days of having GoogleMaps on my phone, days before free roaming. The year was 2012. Feels like a lifetime ago now. I had a simple enough… Continue reading #StoryOfMyLife: Lost in Oxford
Writers Readers is a series which reminds writers about one of the most important sources of writing education - other writers' books. Every edition of Writers Readers brings you books I loved (or hated), with reviews you can actually learn from, and tips about how to become the writer you want to be, through reading.… Continue reading Writers Readers: Me Before You – book vs. movie
A few days ago realisation hit me - I am lucky enough to be spending 6 days a week writing. I guess that makes me a full-time writer... Ok, it doesn't, especially as only 3 of those days are paid. But across those days, I have to handle multiple writing projects, and it can be… Continue reading How to handle multiple writing projects like a pro
It's now been almost 8 months since I put the first words in an empty Word document, which I later named Jeremiah and Natasha (which is also the working title of my novel). Fast forward 8 months, and this document has grown to be 136 page, containing 74,000 words, most of which I am proud of.… Continue reading Writing a novel: pointless or fulfilling?
Writers Readers is a series which reminds writers about one of the most important sources of writing education - other writers' books. Every edition of Writers Readers brings you books I loved (or hated), with reviews you can actually learn from, and tips about how to become the writer you want to be, through reading. Today's… Continue reading Writers Readers: ‘Secret Keeping for Beginners’ by Maggie Alderson