Tag: mental health

  • 3 Lessons from a Year of Not Writing

    3 Lessons from a Year of Not Writing

    The gauzy illumination of fairy lights reveals the coloured spines stacked along every shelf and bedside drawer. There, a poetry book preordered the minute the writer announced it. Here, an anthology produced from a previous commission. And just there, a thoughtfully-selected collection gifted from a friend, with the tiny cursive note forever inked onto the […]

  • The Power of ‘No’ for Writers

    The Power of ‘No’ for Writers

    As a writer, we must always seek the word ‘yes’. We want editors to say ‘yes’ to those painstakingly-polished submissions. We want a ‘yes’ from the grant application for that great project idea. We want readers to say ‘yes’ when making the decision to buy our books or read our work. Likewise, we have learned […]

  • How Can Writing Help Your Mental Health?

    How Can Writing Help Your Mental Health?

    A girl snaps on the bedside light and squints against its raw artificial glow. It is two o’clock in the morning. Already she’s dreading the next day at school: the laughter shuddering on a plume of cigarette smoke outside the gates; the laughter as she lurches clumsily onto the schoolyard and feels the deliberate thud […]

  • Kindness in Crisis: You Matter Too

    Kindness in Crisis: You Matter Too

    As I write this, I am overwhelmed. Completely and utterly overwhelmed. And this feels like such a selfish thing to admit. Bizarre, isn’t it? I’m overwhelmed with wanting to help so many people, but feel selfish for admitting I feel bad. Help Harder As we head towards another week of lockdown, for many of us, […]

  • Creativity in Crisis: Why It’s Okay Not To Make Art Right Now

    Creativity in Crisis: Why It’s Okay Not To Make Art Right Now

    The dry rustle of hands shoved into coat pockets is an act of protection, hugs are replaced by nervous nods, and to step out into the crisp sunshine more than once is to break the law. Social media is a flickering buzz of news articles, virus-related memes, and screenshots of Zoom meetings, a glass of […]

  • Can We Talk Frankly About Anxiety and Rejection in Writing?

    Can We Talk Frankly About Anxiety and Rejection in Writing?

    This is a frank, honest one because there’s enough pretence in this era of social media and highlight reels. Recently, rejections have felt unusually hard. I call it the ‘spiders under the skin’ feeling that crawls tirelessly; a feeling all too many of us are familiar with, but which we have to hide. At times […]