Musings

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 […]

3 Things I COULD Do to Increase Profits (But Don’t and Never Will, Thank You Very Fucking Much)

Back in November I wrote a post about 9 bits of business advice I gleefully ignore. Not long after I published it, I realised I’d missed out one of the worst offenders: POP-UPS. I’d intended to write a whole post devoted solely to tearing them down, but then a couple of other things I’d missed came to my attention. So fuck it, I am writing a new post featuring three […]

5 Lessons from a Group Writing Challenge

Last week I shared my own lessons from the 28-day writing challenge. But I am just one person! An awesome person, admittedly, but still only one. So I thought it’d be fun to share some of the insights from everyone else who took the challenge alongside me. Here’s what this beautiful burgeoning community had to say: Accountability Works One of the main reasons I started this challenge was to help […]

How to Change Your Life When It’s Really Not That Bad

How many awesome things do you want to do with your life? Do you have a bucket list? Or a few secret dreams locked away in your brain? And how many of them are you delaying, waiting for the right time to do them? Here’s something I’ve realised lately: it’s easy to change your life when you cannot stand the way things are any more. It’s also easy to change […]

How to Not Instantly Forget All the Shit You Learn

Do you ever feel like there is just TOO MUCH TO LEARN? Which sucks, because you want to be smarter and, you know, intelligible in conversations over dinner. And so you try to devour everything as quickly as you can to make time for it all. Or, at least, you feel like you should devour as much as you can as quickly as you can. Well, I’m sorry to tell […]

How I’m Handling This Brexit Bullshit

A week ago today, citizens across the UK flooded to polling stations to decide the fate of our country: to remain in the EU or to leave it. The polls closed at 10pm that night. Cue ten solid hours of me flicking back and forth between the results being announced live on the BBC and people responding to it on Twitter. Honest to god, you guys, at one point it […]

Losing Motivation to Follow Your Dream? Try This.

Do you constantly scour the web looking for the next inspiring article to encourage you to go after your dreams, chase your passions, do what you love – and then promptly flip the kettle on, grab the cookies, and hunt down the next inspirational article? Yeah. You need to stop that. The occasional dose of inspiration is fine, sure. If you’ve hit a low point and need a kick up […]

How to Write Quickly: My Writing Process

I finished reading Still Writing by Dani Shapiro a little while back. I learned a lot from that book and, as I was reading it, I got the impression that Dani and I are very different types of writer (and, for that matter, different types of people). Here’s something Dani had to say about writing that just did not click with me: Let’s face it: most of us are perfectionists. […]

6 Lessons from Still Writing by Dani Shapiro

Still Writing is part memoir and part writing/creative living manual, and it is just full of gems. Obviously there’s enough wisdom in there to, well – to fill a book. So I’m going to share the stuff that resonated with me the most. Here are my favourite lessons from the book: The Story Starts When the Change Occurs There is the pattern, and then there is the dropped stitch that […]