It’s a cliché to say that writing is a solitary business … but it is. When we write, we are inside our own heads and it can be lonely in there. And when we’re there, rattling around and having a hard time finding the great ideas that we thought we had stored away for easy reference … that’s when it helps to hear about the experiences and inspirations of other writers.
My name is Janet Olearski and I am a writer and NLP practitioner based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. In this blog I hope to reach other writers like myself … in Abu Dhabi… but also in many other places where familiar themes and sources of inspiration may not reach. Writing away from home can motivate us but it can also block us as our creativity dwindles with the efforts of managing the day job, interacting with cultural distractions, and spending too long in the shopping mall. Without the support of a writers’ community, such as we might have enjoyed back home, it is not unusual for us to self-censor, lose sight of our goals and become delusional.
In this blog, with a little help from my writer friends, I aim to explore a range of writerly topics, such as the writing of short fiction and the novel, reading contemporary fiction, modeling good writing, managing time, setting goals, self-marketing, investigating the mysteries of e-publishing, and generally living the literary life.