Most people who knew me when I was a rock journalist in the 80s would probably agree that I stood out. There weren’t that many women working for the music papers at that time – and certainly not women who wore bespoke black and red latex dresses accessorised with six-inch stilettos. But despite my maverick beginnings, as I gained experience as a journalist I gradually became more sensible and … [Read more...] about How to stop fitting in and start doing your own thing
I’m on a roll now, playing with metaphors like a kid in a candy store. Except “kid in a candy store” is such a cliched metaphor I can’t believe I just wrote it. Today’s game is one you can play at home. What is your metaphor for life? Here are some examples: Life’s a bitch. Life’s a ball. Life is what you make it. Life is an adventure. Life is an uphill struggle. Life is a … [Read more...] about What’s your metaphor for life?
I have been a professional writer for 30 years now. There have been periods during that time when I have churned out the words; at others I have been too busy editing other people’s words to write my own; and on bad days I would wake up and realise I was a writer who wasn’t writing. Writer’s block. We’ve all suffered from it at some point in our lives, whether or not we’re wordsmiths. I … [Read more...] about What to do on blank page days…
I’ve been putting off writing this post today. Mostly because I’m on the road, but also because I can be a brilliant procrastinator. However, I have fought my urge to defer it until tomorrow or occupy myself with other tasks. So why do we procrastinate? It’s not always down to laziness or distraction, as quite often we put off the very tasks or projects that are most meaningful to … [Read more...] about Battling creativity’s evil twin
The Dalai Lama certainly thinks so - he’s said as much. This is not an insult to Eastern women; just an acknowledgment that affluent, self-realised Western women have a much better chance of rescuing the planet than less affluent Eastern women who may still be in survival mode. Up until now we have had a massive imbalance between masculine and feminine power. Certainly in the past 100 years, we … [Read more...] about Will Western women save the world?
As it’s the weekend, I thought it would be a good time to talk about creativity. Hopefully you’ve been able to stay in bed a while longer this morning. Hopefully your mind is not crammed with to-do lists. Hopefully you don’t have any major commitments or obligations to fulfil. If that’s the case, then put down your iPhone, iPad or MacBook. Leave Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr … [Read more...] about Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream