Dr Seuss: The Lorax When you try to visualise your ‘ideal life’ or ‘ideal job’, does your inner critic jump in before you’ve even had a chance to get inspired or feel excited? Me too. My inner critic is marvellous at pointing out helpful things like: “You can’t do that!” “That would never work” “How… Continue reading A fun way to figure out what you REALLY want to do
Last year, my friend Julia Barnickle invited me to be part of an online community project in which she asked various writer friends to share their thoughts on the topic of, What if life were meant to be easy? My initial response was an old habitual one; to turn the invitation down (i.e. hide).… Continue reading What if life were meant to be easy?
I collect quotes. For me, they are a source of magic, power and inspiration. I firmly believe that the right quote, at the right time, can change the course of your life. (Or, at the very least, help you stay the course with extra focus, determination and fire in your belly.) Here are some of my all-time… Continue reading My favourite quotes on writing and life
I opened my notebook yesterday to take one more ridiculously small step towards creativity and this little character came out! He's a small guy but he has BIG thoughts. Quote: Wallace D. Wattles, author of The Science of Getting Rich.
A few days ago, I shared how I go 'weird' if I’m not being creative. I drew a sad monster at the top of the post. Today sad monster is looking much happier as I've discovered an unbelievably easy way to overcome my resistance! How I discovered the technique If you’ve read Oh Sugar! you’ll know I’m not a fan of strict diets. Quite… Continue reading How to kickstart your creativity without having a meltdown
If you're struggling right now. If you're wondering what the point is. If you've got so far with your novel or painting but you've stopped because you're plagued with self-doubt. And you don't have the energy to write another word or paint another stroke. Watch this.
If you love books, fairy tales and magic (and if you don’t, what’s wrong with you?!), then you’ll love this. Su Blackwell creates exquisite book-sculptures, like the one above and below. Her cut-out paper designs depict magical fairy-tale forests and houses. I’ve followed her work for a while now and it is truly stunning. Here… Continue reading Beautiful book sculptures
When I was a kid, I collected rocks. (I really did - unusual ones, fossilised ones and ones with sparkly bits in them.) Nowadays, I collect quotes. When the chips are down, people can’t always be relied on to say the right things. A quote will hit the spot every time. But you need to… Continue reading My favourite inspirational quotes
Wild Geese You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world… Continue reading “Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination…”
I spent most of today at work researching quotes about nature for a book about the great outdoors. Copyright rules state that you can only quote from a source who has been dead for 70+ years. So I found myself in the strange position of finding a great quote and then looking up the author… Continue reading What I learned today: we only get one shot at this