Writing and Mental Health – What I learned at #UnbrokenFest

Mental health and writing, like alcoholism, have always gone hand in hand. One need only consult the life of Hunter S Thompson or Charles Bukowksi to understand it is the same thing. I wanted to discover though – outside of these glamorous, fictional representations of transgressions of the mind, how creativity and mental health fit; and sometimes work together, in …

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The Attention Deficit: A Writer’s Nightmare

Inside and outside the workplace, a writer – ever the introverted, quiet type – must deal with the difficult matter of attention and its two methods of delivery: giving and receiving. “Attention: the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important.” https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/attention Attention then, clearly, is ever sought after, not just by writers but by all members of the …

Instagram for Writers and the difficult ask for reviews

It can be done. I know it can be done because I have seen it done. If it can be done, I can do it. I will do it. Will I succeed? Probably not, but I’ll have a bloody good go.   Writers like Robert M Drake have used the power of Instagram to become bestsellers, win publishing contracts, and …

3 vital conversation hacks for the writer journalist

I used to HATE describing myself as a journalist – ever since one of my first freelance clients, an independent music producer, described me as one – but I’ve since learned the hard way nobody knows what a copywriter is, and everyone is a little bit of a journalist; they just aren’t very good at it. When my new(ish) employers …

2017: The novel, the album, more failure

  I am one of those idiots. Hurtling into a future of my own making that I like to pretend was down to someone else. The fact is, if I don’t do it, nobody else is going to do it for me. So why blame others when things go wrong, instead of myself when they don’t go right? My writer …

Anti-Social Social Selling: How I’m Failing

If there’s one thing I’m not good at, it’s selling books.  I don’t carry a business card, I don’t tell anyone about it, I don’t even have Instagram. But I do believe in “social selling”, because it is a real thing. Social, online or off, sells. I probably shouldn’t publish my records to show it, but when I’ve been out …

The Impact Formula – Visibility, Credibility, Authority

I learned a lot of valuable business lessons from one of my first managers – a Cranfield University MBA graduate – that helped shape my career as both a marketer and a writer. Since then (it was over three years ago), I have thought a lot about his wisdom and teaching, applying my own experience and intuition to create what …

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Being a “busy” writer in 2016

We’ve all heard it before: someone you know or work with is “too busy”. “Busy” has become the desired outcome – a trump card. We’ve forgotten the very negative connotations of its actual definition: engaged in, involved in, employed in, working at, labouring at, toiling at, slaving at, hard at work (on), wrapped up (in/with) Despite not living or working in Japanese culture – where employees often …

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‘The Dark Arm’ – The Story behind the Story

The Dark Arm: A British Ghost Story is now available on Amazon! I couldn’t be happier with how this – the third of my four Ebooks – has turned out.  This story is an important part of my experimental media project, in that it steps away from the anthology format, and towards longer, self-contained stories. Also, it addresses the feedback …

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A Writing Schedule for the busy professional

Due to an unfortunate series of events, I have found myself without employment this new year and intend to use my newfound time productively. Not only am I hoping to learn how to be more efficient with my writing, but I want to create a schedule I can use when I am back in work too. Unfortunately, Ebook 3 ‘The …