What I Learned from My 28 Day Writing Challenge

October was a great month for me professionally; I had a couple of fun editing projects, some interesting blog posts to write for clients, there was the start of my Masters in Creative Writing and I took part in Karen Marston's 28-day writing challenge. I write about Karen an inordinate amount on here—she has her own tag on my blog—but since 'meeting' her online this time last year, she has had a significant influence on my attitude to what is possible for...

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Why I am constantly learning

October has been a significant month for me when it comes to learning. Earlier in the year, I registered with The Open University (OU) for the first module that was part of an MA in Creative Writing. I decided that I want to make my life as a writer a reality. My first official day was Saturday. I have been studying with the OU on and off since 2004 and I feel intrinsically linked to them. The OU has seen...

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How I manage to write through my self-doubt

I've had enough self-doubt to fill a quarry recently. It seems to increase with the more opportunities that are offered to me. After being asked to submit a short story, I began to drown in self-doubt. What if I'm no good? Why do I think I can write things? What if they laugh at my attempt of even trying? I've mentioned my writing confidence in previous post and while I am proud to say that I am writing and submitting more,...

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5 Things I Have Learnt From My Competitors

Every four years, I become well-versed and entirely knowledgeable about sport. I know exactly why that floor routine received a score of 14.333 when another obtained 15.666. I can tell how that sprinter's technique is letting them down. I use my experience gained as a athlete at high school to become an informed judge from my sofa. Then once it's all over, I go back to having the football offside rule explained to me only to forget it five minutes...

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