The Value of Personal Archives

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash  Most recordings and accounts of our lives are now being distributed online. 'Science and culture in the 21st century are born digital; today’s Einsteins, Rembrandts, and Bachs create and record their works on digital devices.' (1) We are archiving our lives in real-time, probably without even realising it. Everything … Continue reading The Value of Personal Archives

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5 Things To Do Immediately About Creative Self-Doubt

Doubt comes in many forms, and it can arise from a number of different situations, whether you are aware of it or not. Sometimes, when you doubt yourself for too long, you end up losing a lot of your confidence, which can harm you and cripple your creative mind. The following points are some things I've … Continue reading 5 Things To Do Immediately About Creative Self-Doubt

Coffee and Literature Have a Lot More in Common Than You Think

Over the years, coffee has proven itself as one of the most reliable companions to fiction. This has been documented in many instances. There is a brilliant poem by Richard Brautigan from Revenge of the Lawn. It starts as follows: 'Sometimes life is merely a matter of coffee and whatever intimacy a cup of coffee affords.' I … Continue reading Coffee and Literature Have a Lot More in Common Than You Think

Hitting the Writing ‘Reset’

This storm in a cup has been brewing a long time. It's time I hit 'Reset' on my writing life and enjoy a cup of decaf instead. There comes a point in most writers' lives when they feel self-doubt creeping in. As with most other things, this is a perfectly normal response to the act of … Continue reading Hitting the Writing ‘Reset’