Creativity and Anxiety: Two sides of the same coin

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“It wasn’t Lyra’s way to brood; she was a sanguine and practical child, and besides, she wasn’t imaginative. No one with much imagination would have thought seriously that it was possible to come all this way and rescue her friend Roger; or having thought it, an imaginative child would immediately have come up with several ways in which it was impossible.” Philip Pullman, Northern Lights Last year in Bali I listened to the audio version of the Northern Lights trilogy, three of my all time favourite books (and the subject of my university dissertation), and I richly remember sitting up…

There Are Other Ways

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When I left university at 22, I thought there was only one path I could take: move to London, do some work experience, and then accept the first job that was offered to me. I knew nothing of digital nomadism, working freelance or entrepreneurship. I didn’t question whether London was the right place for me or not, or if the life I was about to start building would suit me. It was what everyone did. I just followed. I didn’t know there were other ways. I think, perhaps, things are a little different now. I was part of the first…

C&C: How to Create a Content Schedule

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I have never been a regular blogger. Erratic is probably the most suitable word to describe my posting schedule since I started my first blog almost five years ago. Yet, I now have a proper content strategy and calendar in place, and, touch wood, I am sticking to it. So what’s changed? Well, unfortunately, what everyone says is true: the best way to grow your blog, or any online platform, is with consistency. There isn’t really a way around it. Posting blogs and other content frequently and regularly is the most reliable way to bring in and keep readers and…

Lessons learnt from my first nine months as a digital nomad, and freelance writer and editor.

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When I left the UK in early January for Bali, I had just one goal: to make the digital nomad lifestyle sustainable. I knew from pretty early on last year that I did not want to return to London and conventional full-time employment once my travels were over, nor did I want to continue backpacking and living off my rapidly diminishing savings pot. I needed a sustainable and reliable income stream that would cover all my living costs, while allowing me to be wherever I wanted in the world. I’m now on my way to meeting my goal, so if…

Why you should take part in NaNoWriMo

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I have a confession to make. When I worked at a literary agency in London I hated NaNoWriMo. My Twitter timeline would be flooded with people talking about it all November, and then once the month was over, my inbox flooded with the results. It used to irk me no end, and I never understood it, or its appeal. Who were these people? What on earth made them think they could write a novel in a month? A MONTH? That’s ridiculous. Writing novels is hard work. It takes time. Years even. It’s a serious business. REAL writers don’t write novels…