Writing as a Tool for Living Through Crisis
Fiona Thomas
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1w ago
“How’s your apocalypse going?” That’s something I heard Phoebe Bridgers say during the early months of the pandemic and it’s continued to ring in my ears ever since. Because greeting each other with humour during trying times is a coping mechanism I simply refuse to give up. When you’re exhausted and life seems hopeless, allowing yourself to laugh seems wrong… but sometimes it’s all you have. via GIPHY I don’t want to talk about humour today, but I do want to talk about writing as a tool during a crisis. And I use that word because our world is in a crisis. State of affairs Here in the UK, w ..read more
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3 Ways to Fit Writing Around Your Full-Time Job
Fiona Thomas
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1M ago
When you’re working a full-time job, following your creative passions almost always take a backseat. You’re probably looking at me, a published author, and thinking – what does she know? She writes for a living! But hear me out. First off – I didn’t start following my creative passions until I was in my late-twenties. Like most young adults, I put all my energy into my career which, at the time, was in hospitality management. I worked 12-hour shifts on my feet, serving customers, smiling through gritted teeth, lugging boxes and scrubbing floors. When I eventually made it home just before mid ..read more
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Why Chaotic First Drafts are the Secret Sauce
Fiona Thomas
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2M ago
Have I rewritten this headline twenty times? Of course I have. And did I end up going back to the one I wrote the very first time? Hell yes. This is perfectionism and it’s what we do – because we’re writers. But let me share with you a secret that took me years to learn: your first drafts don’t have to be perfect. In fact, they really shouldn‘t be. When I started writing my memoir, waaaay back in 2018, I spent a long time on the first three chapters. Instead of pouring all my stories onto the page, I was laser-focused on finding the exact right words and sentence structure that jumped off th ..read more
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How to Prioritise Writing & Reclaim Your Festive Season
Fiona Thomas
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3M ago
Sleigh bells are ringing and it’s driving me crazy. This time of year is SO heavy for me and I know plenty of you feel the same too. The enforced fun. The hectic social life. It feels like you give a lot and rarely make time to do things that you actually want to do. But instead of resigning myself to a sad season, I’ve decided to refram it as an opportunity to dedicate more time to writing. Accepting the sadness Sadness during the festive season is natural, and acknowledging it is something that I think everyone needs to get better at doing. When it gets closer to Christmas Day, I’m haunted ..read more
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I’ve Been Posting Poetry on a Secret Instagram Account
Fiona Thomas
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4M ago
I’ve been publishing poetry on a secret Instagram account for a while now.   Partly because I’m embarrassed about how new I am to this art form, partly because I feel like an imposter, but mostly, because the idea of showing you my poems is like showing you my innards and asking you to tell me I am beautiful.   I’ve published books about my personal life, and written about being depressed and anxious for national publications. I’ve been honest about not wanting kids, about my tarot obsession and coming out later in life.   But something about turning my thoughts into lyrical c ..read more
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Breaking Out of Your Writing Niche: A Creative Call to Change Lanes
Fiona Thomas
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4M ago
When I started sharing my writing on the internet back in 2012, it wasn’t because I’d written anything I was proud of. It was because I had hit rock bottom and had nowhere else to go.   I was too depressed to go to work and too anxious to socialise. My ‘professional working woman’ outer shell, the one I’d spent years creating, had all but disintegrated and I was…. confused.   Writing online was my way of figuring that out and a few years later it turned out rather well. I published two books and was paid to write for magazines. I began to host online writing courses for others, findi ..read more
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Why I Started and Closed my Patreon (even though it made me money)
Fiona Thomas
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6M ago
Since January 2022, I’ve been using spirituality as an antidote to the pathologizing of the female queer experience. In a moment of reflection during Christmas break, while sitting in my parents’ house, I allowed myself to confront the truth about my sexual identity. It was a realisation that would ultimately explain the depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and sexual issues that had plagued me for years. Coming Out & Navigating the Initial Pain The path to self-discovery was not without its challenges, especially when it came to the initial pain of coming out as a lesbian. While the full st ..read more
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Working with the Moon Cycles as a Creative ?
Fiona Thomas
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6M ago
I’ve been experimenting with following the moon cycles this year and although I’m no expert, I’ve found it interesting to work with these dates instead of a typical calendar month, especially when it comes to journaling and intention setting around my creative practice. So I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of how the cycles work and how you can integrate actions around the new and full moon to build a life you love. Find out the exact dates and times of the 2023 moon cycles here. Each full cycle lasts around a month. Moonology by Yasmin Boland is a great book. New Moon This is the time ..read more
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Self-Sabotage & Seeking Financial Independence as Divorced Woman.
Fiona Thomas
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6M ago
I’ve always been terrified of getting into debt. Since my teenage years, my parents instilled in me the importance of seeking their support before resorting to credit cards or loans. On one hand, it demonstrated their generosity and love. However, now in my mid-thirties, I’ve come to realise that this well-intentioned protection inadvertently gave me a complex relationship with money. Let me go back a bit, to the pivotal moment that shook my sense of self over the past two years. In January 2022, I came to terms with my true identity as a lesbian and made the decision to come out and end my m ..read more
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Why Capitalism is Making You Tired
Fiona Thomas
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7M ago
I used AI to come up with a structure for this blog post and I am not sorry. My brain is fried from the overwhelming pressure that we are all under at the moment. Rent is at an unprecedented high, the hope of getting a mortgage is fading quickly, the cost of everything is increasing, I’m working more than I want to and I’m tired. So yeah, if I can get a little support from Chat GPT think that’s OK. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how hard it is to rest within the clutches of capitalism. The profit-driven nature of privatised consumerism means that prices are increasing which means I ne ..read more
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