9 Ways You’re Fucking Up Your Personal Brand’s Reputation

Having a personal-branded business doesn’t mean you can just do whatever the hell you want with it. I mean, you can, since it’s your business and whatever. But if you want to, you know, make money, you shouldn’t. Here are some things you should most def avoid: 1. Flaunting Your Lack of Confidence Wait, what? Unconfident people don’t flaunt anything, do they? Well, sure, maybe not overtly. But that doesn’t […]

Feeling Lost and Directionless? I Was Too.

I went to my dad’s funeral in 2011. There, I met David. I’d never met or even heard of him before. He was one of my dad’s old friends. They used to go to the pub together. A smart, academic-type guy, we got chatting about what the hell I was going to do now. I’d just returned from backpacking, which was what I’d planned to keep doing for the foreseeable […]

Your Specialist Niche Isn’t Enough: How to Become the ONLY Choice

If you’ve done any research into building a business at all, you’ll know all about the importance of – *shudder* – niching down. In this progressively tighter-packed sardine tin we like to call the internet, everyone screams about the importance of ‘niching down’ and ‘standing out’ and ‘being different’. And this is true to an extent. Those things are important. But they are not ALL you need. You could have […]

What I Read in March 2017

‘This month will be better,’ I said. Hahahaha. Can you believe I only read one book in March as well? Over the past two months, I have only read two books? Christ. By this time last year, I had read 32 books. This year? I’m up to, um… six. God. Okay, THIS month really will be better. And I know this because I am already on track to finish two […]

Get $1700’s Worth of Writers’ Goodies for $99

I’ve been umming and ahhing about this post all day. Should I write up a blog post about the importance of investing in yourself as a writer, and then pitch the sale at the end? Or should I point out what I love about one of the people whose product’s included? Or… should I go trademark Karen and just tell it like it is? Yeah, that last one. That sounds […]

My 2017 Goals: A Quarterly Check-In

I decided to do things differently this year. Rather than slinging together a list of resolutions – random things it’d be kinda cool to achieve by the end of the year – I chose to focus instead on building up three simple daily practices. The three practices are: writing, reading and exercising. I purposely chose to make them easily doable: Write 400 words a day, no matter what. Paper journalling […]

On Writing: How Much Description is TOO Much?

When I left for Portugal back in October, I took one book with me. And the countless ones on my Kindle, of course. But my Kindle barely got a look in. I was determined to finish this paper book before I moved out of my Lisbon apartment, you see. That never happened. So then I became determined to finish it before I left Porto, before I flew back to Edinburgh […]

In Defence of Social Media (and How It Can Be Awesome for Business)

I hate it when people are like holy shit, you need to spend less time on social media. It’s such a waste of time, man. Get out there into the real world. I mean seriously, what the fuck? You just know the people who say that are the type of douchenozzles who ‘streamline their processes’ and ‘optimise their days’ and ‘hack their lives’ and ‘make me want to stab myself […]

Phase 5: What’s New at Untamed Writing

Phew. I have been glued to my desk since I returned to Edinburgh, completely overhauling the content on Untamed Writing. I’m talking 12+ hours days, every single day for almost two weeks. I like to do this once a year – go through my entire site and make sure everything aligns with the work I want to do and the way I feel about my business and brand. I think […]

What I Read in February 2017

Wow. It’s kind of embarrassing how much I did not read during February. I finished a grand total of one book, which is bad by my standards (though, er, not unheard of). I credit this abysmal reading month largely to the fact that I spent most of it in Seville, staying in an apartment with literally nowhere comfortable to sit and read. Although lying on the bed is one of […]