My mantra: ‘Trust the process’

Imagine this: You’re writing a book. You care about this book. You want to finish the book. But you’re plagued by: These characters are stupid. This story is stupid. This writing style sucks. This book is no good. I’m a rubbish writer. I’ll never finish this chapter/this part/this book. Writing is exhausting. Writing is taking over my

Write with blood

In his 19th-century book Thus Spoke Zarathustra, German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: Of all that is written I love only what a man has written with his blood. Write with blood, and you will experience that blood is spirit. For many years, I did not write in blood. I wrote what I was paid to write for

The ‘Not Writing’ Blues

Much has been written about the challenges of writing: teaching slugs to tap-dance would be easier. But what about ‘not writing’? For me, my ‘not writing’ phases are immeasurably harder than my writing phases. When I don’t write, I feel out of sorts. Restless. I do some work. I think about writing. I play with my kids. I