Imposter Syndrome 🫣

The first time I encountered the term “imposter syndrome” was when I became a Royal Literary Fund Fellow. As I started in the role, I wondered whether there had been some kind of mistake. Over the decades I’d taught myself to write. This was through a combination of writing a lot, reading a lot, and… Continue reading Imposter Syndrome 🫣

Doing too much

When will I take notice? Image courtesy of the author The above note appeared in my morning pages today. It's something that crops up a lot. I don't know how many times I have to tell myself this before I take notice, or fully acknowledge the level to which I overload myself. Possible reasons: There… Continue reading Doing too much

Writing to Focus the Lens – a TFW Ping 🔔

If it’s not written down it doesn’t exist You may have a manifesto, a plan or a strategy. There may be things you want to do. You might have a great idea for something that could change your life — or other people’s lives. Perhaps you have strong feelings about something. Or someone. Or maybe… Continue reading Writing to Focus the Lens – a TFW Ping 🔔

Journaling for an Evening Check-in

A useful companion to morning pages This TFW is about the evening check-in. Click above for the YouTube video, or read the text below. As soon as we wake up in the morning, we pick up our phone and start scrolling through social media, the news, twitter, immediately filling our mind with other people’s thoughts.… Continue reading Journaling for an Evening Check-in

Less, but better – a TFW ping 🔔

There’s so much I want to do. I need to focus on fewer things. Do less but better. I want quality but I need to work quickly. Maybe I need to be less fussy. Maybe I need more discipline. My problem is I have too many creative ideas and don’t know how to prioritise them… Continue reading Less, but better – a TFW ping 🔔

The Evening Check-in ✍🏻 Reflecting on the Day

A valuable companion to morning pages Image courtesy of the author We rush through life: wake up, check the phone, walk the dog, dash to work, grab a coffee, lunch at the desk, trawl through emails, go home, have a quick dinner, watch a bit of telly, then sleep for a few hours until we… Continue reading The Evening Check-in ✍🏻 Reflecting on the Day

The Writer as Outsider 📄

It's OK to be you As writers, we observe and analyse, document and comment, our own feelings and opinions thinly veiled behind the exploits of allegedly fictional characters. A certain level of detachment is essential if we're to be at all effective in our craft. As writers are typically introverts, this tends to come easily.… Continue reading The Writer as Outsider 📄

A Letter to My Younger Self 📄

But which one? Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash A letter to my younger self. I admit that I thought this would an easy little exercise. But then I sat down to write... To what age me should I address this letter? Which of the many people I've been? On considering the options, a certain song by Frank… Continue reading A Letter to My Younger Self 📄