What I’m Writing in 2020

I'm still the writer who hasn't quite yet carved out her niche, you know? And with that comes the freedom of experimenting different genres, exploring a range of styles, tones and audiences through my writing. My old blog was full of content for the aspiring writer, tips on planning blogs and ideas for content. I stepped away from writing about writing because at the time I was studying writing too, and all of that combined just sucked the joy out of it all for me. I've thoroughly enjoyed sharing casual personal essays, if you could call it that, and…

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Cast Aside the Bullshit

The worry of your authenticity being rejected by people you love, please, cast that aside right now. You'll experience resistance to your boundaries and backlash to your truth, but I urge you to walk your path anyway. Every year I wonder if there's anything left to learn about my journey, and then every year delivers a powerful lesson. 2019 brought me disappointment in the form of people I once thought highly of. It wasn't one person or even one event that led to this, but multiple people and a breakdown in communication. There were people I cared about who…

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Cast Aside the Bullshit
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20 Questions for 2020

If you're walking into 2020 with expectations of success, happiness and creativity, I've got 20 questions for you. Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash I have a bit of a ritual. On New Year's Eve, I like to plot out the year ahead, set my goals and intentions, and visualise it with a vision board. I've discovered that defining your focus for the year is a good way to stay on track and not get distracted. Getting creative about your plans for a new year means you feel more connected and in alignment with your aspirations. I mean, it is different for…

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2019: A Year in Review

As I type this, I'm two weeks away from the best decade of my life. But before I dive in, I mustn't forget the lessons that this year has brought me. This is 2019: A Year in Review. The beginning of this year felt like a fresh new canvas. I'd written books, worked in my dream role and left to pursue full-time education, which meant I graduated in Sept 2018 as a mature student with a shiny degree. I'd conquered my childhood goals and every single one felt like a miracle itself. But 2019 arrived and I had something…

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The Power of Persistance

You know, every time I send out a newsletter to my mailing list, at least one person unsubscribes. I've often wondered what the last straw was, what sent them over the edge, made them roll their eyes and scream "FUCK OFF" at my name when it appeared in their inbox. I mean, it's highly unlikely anyone will have such a hostile reaction to my content, but what if they did?

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2019 – Mid Year Review

Has the first half of 2019 taken you by surprise? If you started this year with big hopes and dreams, then blinked and found yourself in July, welcome to my world. This year has gone fast, hasn't it? Or is that the very British way of saying time has flown, or whatever? All I know is that so much of 2019 so far has felt like groundwork for me, and I'm ready to start making the most of the next 6 months. But before I plough forward, I like to reflect on the year so far and think about…

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Dorothy Koomson is AWESOME (and here’s why)!

If you clicked on this blog post purely because Dorothy Koomson is in the title, you're awesome too! Me and Dorothy Koomson. Obvs. I've been a longtime fan of Dorothy's work, as a reader and as a writer. I've fallen in love with her characters, indulged in the plots and cried at the end of her books. As a writer, I appreciate the flow of her writing, the structure and her character development. She has skill and talent and a magical way of weaving words and emotions together. Her gradual progression to crime/thriller fiction has been absolutely divine and…

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Block and Delete: A Short Guide

Are you tired of wasting time and energy on people who don't respect you? Are you totally over waiting for someone to take responsibility for their actions? Are you ready to block and delete that negativity from your phone, social media and your life? I learned a long time ago that access to anyone is a privilege. In a world of instant messaging and live video chats, we're now able to communicate with most people, almost anywhere. But instant message does not equate to instant reply, my friends. No. This idea that people should drop everything to answer your…

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Shame doesn’t live here anymore

I didn't realise how much a weight I was carrying until I let go of shame and guilt. Guilt for arguing with my mum in the months before she died. Guilt for being angry at her for dying. Guilt for being manipulated into having an abortion. Guilt for having a baby two years later. Guilt for not loving my baby straight away. Guilt for loving the second one instantly. Guilt for working while they were little. Guilt for splitting up with their dad. Guilt for quitting work to study. Guilt for not being able to afford expensive Christmas presents.…

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