“You’ll never be good enough”

It is eight in the morning and you stare at a blank page. The words just won’t come; and on top of that, your inner critic is telling you that you will never be worthy.

Sounds familiar? I know the feeling. In fact, most writers — whether beginners or experts struggle with self-doubt at some stage or another.

So how do you get past this stage to you know…actually writing? Here are some tips to use -

1. Create a daily writing routine –

The best thing to get over the fear is to ‘do’. Write something, even if it is as…

5 Tips on How to Read More this year

One of the most common New Year’s Resolutions I have come across is “Read more”. A lot of us would read a lot more, if only we had the time, or if only we did not have to do ‘x y z’.

I get it.

Until a few years back, this was me. Until I discovered that, I was letting go of many pockets of time. There was time, so much of it — if only I paid attention.

Time spent stuck in traffic on a commute, time on long lunch breaks at the workplace, time spent on useless social…

I wish I could run away! Have you ever felt the overwhelming urge to be somewhere else? To hide away or escape? To get away from a boring daily routine? I know I have.

The feeling is stronger than ever now. No vacation time, overload of work, limited interaction with friends all contribute to it.

Running away, while a great fantasy, is neither possible nor a solution in most cases. So how can you handle the feeling? What can you do instead?

Understand the why -

First, it is important to understand what you want to escape. Is it homesickness, boredom, bad relationships? The…

2020 was a tough year in many ways. The travel restrictions and social isolation sucked. However, in terms of reading, it gave us rich, fabulous novels that made it easy to escape reality.

If you are still in lockdown and looking to indulge in some escapism, here are some reads I recommend -

1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia -

A gothic fantasy set in 1950s Mexico, this novel provides the perfect world into which you can escape. It centres on Noemí Taboada, a 22-year old socialite, who goes to meet her cousin Catalina in High Place, a remote mansion in the mountains. …

Experts have called the growing mental health concerns during COVID-19 ‘depression isolation’. With our work from home routines and the lack of variety in the endless weeks, is it any wonder that we feel stuck and unmotivated most days?

Since March of 2020, I have faced this — and the struggle is something I work with, daily. Getting myself going is important, as is the need to maintain sanity in the face of these uncertain days.

Although I am not a mental health professional, I can share what has worked for me these past months.

So…how can you get unstuck…

“It’s an impromptu meeting of 30 people. You can manage it!”

“You need to develop a thicker skin to feedback”

“Don’t overthink it.”

As an introvert who has worked at startups with chaotic work environments, I have heard all these and more. Introverts tend to be quiet, thoughtful people who can do very well at the workplace — given the right environment.

However, there are days where the fast pace and the constant pressure gets too much.

If you are an introvert like me, chasing deadlines, last-minute meetings, revisions, managing an ever-increasing workload of tasks and handling teams — can…

A reading slump can start without warning. One day, you are curled up with a novel you love — the next, you regret finishing it and find yourself unable to start a new one.

Depending on how you feel — the slump (a state of indecision where you are unable to read or focus on any single book) can be either a short or long one.

I have been the victim of this no man’s land several times. Short or long, this can make you antsy.

Stephen King once said — “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t…

Do you want to be a writer, but just can’t bring yourself to sit down to write? I’ve been there. It can be difficult to begin, especially if you do not know how to start.

Writing, like many other activities/hobbies — is something you become better at, with practice. This is why a daily writing practice is so important.

Famous writers such as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, JK Rowling and David Sedaris all stress the importance of writing daily. So how can you begin? Here are some tips that can help -

  1. Break down what is holding you back –


Self-care has come to represent a host of things. ‘Treat yourself’ is an often-repeated slogan thrown at us from advertisements and billboards around the globe, selling us self-care.

These campaigns suggest everything from body lotions and bath bombs to expensive clothing and luxury watches, all with the promise of making us feel better about ourselves.

However, buying these material items cannot help if you are unhappy inside. At best, it can give you fleeting pleasure, but it will not deliver long-lasting happiness.

So if this is not the definition of ‘self-care’, what exactly is it?

I would argue that self-care…

A smiling old lady

Ageing is a natural part of life. However, we tend to have a constant fear of ageing, and all the ailments we believe it will bring.

Growing old really does seem to be a trick of fate. There are stories of people who live full fruitful lives well into their nineties. On the other hand, we have people who have not done so well while ageing.

So what determines who ages well and who does not? Are we left on the mercy of our genetics?

I picked up Daniel Levitin’s book — ‘The Changing Mind: A Neuroscientist’s Guide to Ageing…


Writer, author-in-progress and marketer. I write about books, writing and mental health. Find more of my work at: https://thisgirlissomewhereelse.wordpress.com/

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