It’s common to see reading fiction as frivolous, especially when compared to reading nonfiction. Articles, news and essays give you hard facts, real events and applicable knowledge. Fiction is, well, fiction. It’s make-believe. Entertainment.
But that doesn’t explain the post-novel insights I’m so often overcome by that leave me mulling over a story for days. The realisation of how things that seems black and white now were not always that way, after reading about Nazi Germany in The Women in the Castle, the awe of early methods of child-bearing after reading birthing scenes from The Red Tent, the understanding of how trauma can push a virtuous person to depravity in The Map of Love.
I finally realised that fiction is not an escape from reality. It is the most immersive way to truly understand reality. Read on to find out how…
We all need a little pick me up sometimes. Our self-esteem can plummet with a single word, we run out of inspiration, we tire ourselves out or get lost in the whirlwind that is life. The important thing, however, is that when life throws you down a pit, you have a harness, some rope and the courage to see the sunshine again! Here are five exercises to help you pick yourself up again and unleash potential within!
Creativity. We don't always know how it manifests in us, though deep down, it's a romantic notion that we all like to think applies to us. Most of the time the thought of actually doing anything creative can be so overwhelming that it feels content to just think about it.
The truth is YOU have immense creative potential. Your creativity can not only uncover your deepest strengths, but also help you find fulfilment everyday.
The question then arises; how do you unlock your creativity?
It's been a little while since I posted something on here. Not because I don't have ideas - no, I have a google doc full of them. There was a wall up in my mind, a marching band of distractions and excuses. A typical case of writer's block.
We all want to become happier, more positive people. But how do we do so when our brains notice the negative things five times more than it notices the positive?
Today was one of those days. How do you be productive when you're just not feeling it?
Nearly two years ago, I packed my bags and traveled to the other side of the world.
2016 was the first year of my marriage. It was the year I moved away from everyone and everything I knew and started over in another country.