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  • Posted by angela-watt on 4 February 2020 at 22:07

    Hi everyone,

    I’m excited about being part of this community. It looks full of interesting discussion. 

    I’m in the process of writing my first novel and finding it a challenge. I’m interested to read about how people find time to write on top of the day job and how to keep going when things get tough. From a quick browse around the site, I’m sure there will also be lots of other topics to get involved in too. 

    I’ve had a little publication success in the magazine field. I’ve regularly contributed to Breathe magazine on topics such as mindfulness and wellbeing and it’s been great to see my articles in print on the shelves of local magazine stores and supermarkets.

    Looking forward to connecting with you and reading your posts and stories.

    Angela

    Jimmy Webb replied 3 years, 12 months ago 6 Members · 11 Replies
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  • dannyboyd

    Member
    5 February 2020 at 11:25

    Welcome Angela I hope you find this place useful and inspiring!!

    • angela-watt

      Member
      7 February 2020 at 19:45

      Thanks Danny. I’m hoping it will be 🙂

  • Holly Jericho

    Member
    5 February 2020 at 13:38

    Welcome to the community, Angela! I really hope you enjoy spending time here and find it useful. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me either by messenger on here or via holly@jerichowriters.com 

    • angela-watt

      Member
      7 February 2020 at 19:46

      Thanks Holly. I appreciate it. 

  • peter-miles

    Member
    6 February 2020 at 11:52

    Welcome Angela. I’m also new to the group and writing what will be my first published novel.

    Unfortunately its always hard to find time to write. It’s as difficult now that I am retired as when I was working a sixty-hour week. Fortunately much of the important work of writing can occur in the odd free moments that we have. If you are always working on your plot and characters in you head, then you will find that your sub-conscious starts working away on your behalf as well. Then when you find time to write the ideas are there.

    Peter

    • angela-watt

      Member
      7 February 2020 at 19:47

      Thanks Peter. Good point. I always feel like I have to have at least a good couple of hours ahead of me to settle into it. Look forward to hearing more about your novel. 

  • cameron859

    Member
    10 February 2020 at 03:30

    Welcome Angela and Peter!

    Finding the time to write can be tough. Over the past few years I’ve learnt just as much about how to write as I have about actually getting it done. 

    On that note, you will be pleased to know I am in the process of compiling my best tips for writing productivity and hope to share these with you all soon. 

    Cameron

  • angela-watt

    Member
    10 February 2020 at 08:04

    Sounds interesting Cameron and thanks for the welcome. 

  • Jimmy Webb

    Member
    20 February 2020 at 12:50

    Hi angela.  Welcome to the community. I hope youv’e found it useful. I certainly have.

    You raise a very valid topic.  One that is a constant struggle for me.  A long-houred full time job and a family can easily inhibit writing time, or at least stem the flow.

    My writing gets done away from home and family life because peace is rarely available at home, and I like to class the writing as work so I do it in work time. ie. On the train, in my head walking to and from the station, during breaks etc.

    Well done for nailing the magazine route.  How did you get into it?  I’ve recently pondered with the idea of pursuing that route to share my short stories with the world. (or whoever wishes to read them.)

    Good luck with the novel.  I’m also currently editing my first.  Constantly learning along the way

    • angela-watt

      Member
      24 February 2020 at 17:02

      Thanks for your message and well done for keeping going with work and family commitments eating into your time too. In terms of the magazine, I write features on the topics of mindfulness, coaching, wellbeing etc.  I’m a qualified coach and so apply the techniques I know to different areas. These are therefore all non-fiction articles.  In terms of sharing stories with the world, I do toy with setting up some sort of author website/platform but I’ve not quite made it to this yet.  

      Good luck with your writing and the current edit. It must be exciting to be at that stage 😊 

      • Jimmy Webb

        Member
        25 February 2020 at 08:47

        Thanks.  Yeah it’s certainly the most enjoyable stage of the project, although at times frustrating.

        I commend you for the mesage you spread.  I think it’s very important, and highly overlooked.  I’ve been practicing the Wim Hof method of breathing for a while now which I find useful.  

        Also, my cousin teaches transformational breathing. http://www.breathworks.co  Have a little nose if it interests you.