Overcoming envy – making friends with the green-eyed monster

Envy and professional jealousy are an occupational hazard for writers – as, indeed, for any creative. The arts are an insecure business; most creatives are wracked with self-doubt, and it can feel like you are in constant competition for a dwindling reserve of paid gigs, audience attention and market presence. You put your heart and […]

On letting loneliness be – and why we can all feel disconnected in a linked up world

I feel like I have blogged a lot about mental health this year – in no small part because the world has seemed to be making a concerted effort to make us all anxiety-ridden wrecks. But also because I hope that, in continuing to talk about it, I am helping, even in a tiny way, […]

September fresh starts and why you have always probably achieved more than you think

I don’t make New Year’s Resolutions any more. January is smack in the middle of my busiest time of year, it’s always bloody cold or raining, and everyone around me is undertaking a detox, which only makes me want to surrender myself more to Bacchanalian excess, provided such excess can be carried out from the […]

Art in the Age of Anxiety – How to keep creating in a crazy world

This year, so far, has probably been the least productive of my life. Hell, even that time I was homeless I managed to write a book, but 2017 has felt like one long anxiety attack, where any impulse to create has been buried under a deluge of apathy and stress. Some of this has been […]

Mileage May Vary – writing advice and a dash of self-care

Because, by the standards of the internet, I am old and uncool, I often find myself baffled by the wealth of abbreviations out there, wary of a David Cameron moment (who famously signed off a text about someone’s bereavement with ‘LOL’, thinking it still meant ‘lots of love’.). But recently I came across a term […]