The Exit – Short Story

She had it sealed in an envelope in her bag. It had been finalized and printed weeks ago, but the time to deliver it hadn’t yet arrived. So, it stayed there, resting like a caterpillar that had crawled into its cocoon expecting to die but came out as a butterfly. No. It came out asContinue reading “The Exit – Short Story”

Why Perfectionism is Killing your Characters

In life I strive to be a better version of myself. ‘Better’ can look like: Happier Mentally stronger Physically leaner Great decision making Less mistakes Time efficiency Indestructible patience Financial security Prettier house Prettier Instagram feed The list goes on. In the above list I can identify flaws in my way of viewing ‘better’ andContinue reading “Why Perfectionism is Killing your Characters”

How to Overcome Scene-Paralysis

Are you stuck on how to begin writing the scene you have lingering somewhere in your mind? Have you got a ‘notion’ of what you need to write but no idea where to begin? Congratulations! You are only one step away from being a writer! All that is left is to write. But, how? ThereContinue reading “How to Overcome Scene-Paralysis”

Why you need a Writers Group

For many years, writing was a solitary process. It was a solitary passion. Whether I was sharing content on social media, my website, or Wattpad, I felt a lack of community. My readers were my family (after I annoyed them enough to read my content) and occasionally my co-workers. Despite the number of writers IContinue reading “Why you need a Writers Group”

Becoming a Minority, a memoir.

It was never my intention to make myself a minority. I always had a chip on my shoulder about my upbringing – as does any teenager who gives up their weekends for their parent’s business – but it never drove me to intentionally seek uncommon pathways…

How to create shared savings in a relationship.

Photo by Michael Longmire via Unsplash. There will be a time when you and your partner are ready to commit to a financial goal outside your daily capacity. Whether it’s a fast car, a fancy apartment, your fantasy holiday or the forever-house, saving money becomes necessary. Please note: this is not an article about howContinue reading “How to create shared savings in a relationship.”

How to be original as a writer.

As a writer, both of non-fiction and fiction works, I am often challenged with my own nagging voices of doubt. As most of my fiction writing is a collection of incoherent notes, random images in my mind, and barely-started manuscripts, it’s easy to feel isolated in my passion. Reading other works offers inspiration, but canContinue reading “How to be original as a writer.”

Qualified.

I am now a qualified Heavy Vehicle Technician, seven months earlier than my anticipated completion date, and work feels the exact same! Am I disillusioned? No. I knew it would feel like this. For the last three and a half years my identity has been ‘apprentice diesel mechanic’. I never called myself just a ‘dieselContinue reading “Qualified.”

Spoilt.

Inside, a part of me always recoils when the word ‘spoilt’ is used against me. Yes, against me. Against me as if the word is an attack – although the user wielding the word often doesn’t realise it’s a weapon. I doubt anyone is foreign to the phrase ‘you are spoilt’, I know I amContinue reading “Spoilt.”