On creativity and letting me be
- Keep the pen moving
- Capture first thoughts
- Don’t be afraid to write junk
In writing, this means you keep going and you don’t look back. You write ahead of yourself. You don’t play nasty critic at the end of each line. You let your true voice out and only then do you go back, with your pen, and make some changes. Be very gentle at first until you can take your own criticism and that of others.
- Yes, I want to take afternoon naps a lot, so what?
- So, I am happier and more productive when my boyfriend is around than when I’m alone in this cute flat – that’s ok too. I was alone all my adult life before I met him. I have done my Alone Time, thank you very much.
- No matter how many years of talking and analysis I have done, there are some wounds from my childhood which open easily. And I harbour grudges like millstones. It’s exhausting. But at least I know that and I can try to change it. Nobody is perfect.
- Sometimes I am the life and soul of the party and other times I don’t want to talk to anyone. Well, variety is interesting, isn’t it?
- The idea of being on medication for the rest of my life doesn’t fill me with pride. But it’s a shame that medication should be taboo. Maybe in time I will find another answer, but for now, it’s turned my life around.
- I’m messy and find housework tedious to the point of tearfulness - I know some people secretly love ironing, but there really aren’t that many Stepford Wives out there.
- My life must look very cushy from the outside and here I am, complaining. I would want to punch this person if I met them. But we all know human beings are more complicated than a set of Circumstances. Perhaps I could practice empathy for someone else next time instead of immediately envying them.
- And I can’t get myself back into exercise – yes, but I have before and I felt wonderful doing it.