• Telling Your Story

    The Magic of Christmas

    I’ll say this straight up. I don’t believe in God. And I think that religion has a lot to answer for, especially when it comes to the treatment of women. BUT. Humans thrive on ritual and rituals are important to our community spirit and to help us deal with many of the ups and downs of life, like births, deaths and marriages. So if I don’t believe in God isn’t it hypocritical to celebrate Christmas? I don’t go to church unless it’s for a wedding, funeral or christening/baptism. I shouldn’t be celebrating the birth of someone that I don’t believe in. BUT. I do believe in a higher entity. I…

  • Telling Your Story

    The Value of Feedback

    You can appraise this drawing instantly. A writer lives so much in his or her head and, unlike other art forms, writing is harder to share and get feedback. Because you are living in your head, engrossed in your story, you are effectively inside a bubble. You are living and breathing a story that may or may not be good but you don’t have the distance from it to be able to appraise it yourself. Writers can exist in a place that is either filled with anxiety or bursting with their own genius. The solution? Get feedback. Feedback isn’t about feeding your ego (although for some it may be). It’s about gauging…