Embracing the Creative Journey: A Writer’s Perspective

Hey there, fellow creatives! Today, I want to dive into the stimulating and sometimes challenging world of the arts and creativity, with a particular focus on the craft of writing. As an author, I have experienced the ups and downs of navigating through the creative process, and I’d love to share some insights and tips…

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How to Become an Author?

So you want to write a book? Then this post is for you!  FORGET YOUR WRITING SKILLS FOR A MOMENT In the early stages of becoming an Author, it’s easy to suffer from ‘imposter syndrome’.  Should I really be doing this? Am I good enough? Is my writing worth reading? The answer is yes! Above…

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Why Directing a Show is like Writing a Book

There are many crossovers in the arts, especially during the creative process. This came to light recently whilst editing and putting the finishing touches to my upcoming book The Hoax at the same time as my husband was directing Evita.  A show that I am proud to be involved with.  I am in the chorus of Evita whilst being…

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Does Criticism Imply Judgement?

 There are many types of criticism, but for the purpose of this post, I will  deal with the two main types – constructive criticism and negative criticism. But what separates criticism from judgement? Being a writer, I’m paying particular attention to the criticism or judgement we receive when publishing our work. Difference between criticism and…

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Growing Around Grief

Part of the struggle when we experience loss, or the death of a loved one, is not being able to imagine finding our way through the grief that follows. We can switch between feelings of despair and hopelessness and not picturing a way forwards, to taking action to spring clean, start a new project and…

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Healing from a Dysfunctional Childhood

Following on from last week’s posts on narcissist parents and dysfunctional families, here are the tips I promised to help with healing 1. Educate yourself Study narcissism, read articles/books on the mental health disorders you know, or suspect are in your family. It can bring a lightbulb moment, and clarity is the first step to…

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Can We Recover from Mental Illness?

There is much debate over the causes of mental illness, but equally so when looking at whether it is something that is curable. Science says that it is not curable. However, we can, supposedly, recover from mental health illness, something which cannot be denied since it is the individuals experience that defines this. (Cure =…

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Why You Need More Friends

I was walking my dogs early this morning when my phone battery died. I took this as a sign to think about this week’s blog post, since I couldn’t listen to my usual audible book app.   My mind drifted to the people in my life, acquaintances, and friends. I’ve always been a little hung…

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Why Do You Read a Blog Post?

So, I drew a blank with what to write about this week; mental health stigma, something about my recovery from a spinal cord injury, or any other ‘general stuff’.  Why did I draw a blank? Perhaps because it’s fathers day and I feel a little low. But I started to think, why do people want…

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How to Take Criticism

I feel I have a good grasp on what can be considered ‘constructive feedback’ having recently studied the role of Evaluator with my Toastmaster’s group.  I gave my first evaluation last week for someone’s ‘icebreaker’ speech and was careful to abide by the sandwich technique, giving lots of praise, followed by a few constructive comments on how to…

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