Archive for the ‘Lifestyle’ Category

A conversation with my teenage self

April 16th, 2011 3 comments

I dislike teenagers. This is, I’m sure, incredibly unfair of me. It’s not their fault that their reasoning and awareness of others has been mangled by hormones, and there are a few who do a good approximation of human beings despite such disadvantages. But I’m not angry at teenagers really. No, the reason I would pick up most teenagers I meet by their collars and shake them (if I were not afraid of being arrested or stabbed), is that their time-wasting and ignorance of the life that lies ahead reminds me of my own teenage self. Read more…

Speed Anxiety

April 9th, 2011 9 comments

I am not a fast writer. It can takes me weeks, if not months to finish even a 10,000 word story. My plan of writing on the train and Saturday mornings has certainly got me writing again, but it has not got me churning out the hits. I am anxious. I wonder if such slow progress is even worth it. Read more…

Why Dieting is Like Writing

February 26th, 2011 No comments

Perhaps that’s not an accurate headline. What I wanted to say was, “why reaching and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is like becoming a writer”, but that just doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it. Questionable headline aside, let’s start with a brief discussion about dieting. Read more…

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Hero Worship

February 11th, 2011 No comments

In several of my previous posts, I have mentioned meeting one of my favourite authors. So how can this kind of event influence you as a writer? Let’s explore this shall we? Read more…

Time to get serious. Again.

February 5th, 2011 No comments

The launch of represented my first real attempt at taking this writing thing seriously. Despite years of study and occasional dabblings, this was the first time I decided that I couldn’t live without this, and I was going to have to make it happen for myself.

I needed a plan, and one of my own devising. Stage one was to generate some material, or even more basic than that, get into some kind of writing routine. Gather some of the tools to generate some material in other words.

And after two years, look how far I’ve come! Not very far at all. Read more…

3 Personal Writing Fears

January 22nd, 2011 No comments

It’s one of those inevitable writing topics; the tallest hurdle; the constant doubt; the one thing that most gets in your way. Fear.

But far from the grandiose oppressor, it’s often the little things that really get in the way of putting words on the page. That’s why I’m taking a more personal look at three things that stop me from writing on a day-to-day basis (or maybe from week to week). Read more…

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5 things that make a writer

November 6th, 2010 No comments

A couple of months ago, Craig wrote a post about calling himself a writer. At the time, a friend of mine tweeted a response, questioning whether you can call yourself a writer without having published anything. I fervently disagreed, but it is worth taking a few moments to think about it, because there is a distinction here that should be made. Read more…

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Being A Writer

July 24th, 2010 No comments

I sometimes find it really difficult to classify myself as a writer.  A lot of the time I guess this because I spend more of my time not writing than I do writing, but that’s got a lot more to do with my laziness and motivation issues than anything else. Read more…