Sorry for the hiatus! After the excitement of my bike and the arrival of the new year, getting back into writing has proved to be quite a challenge – until I just sat down and started writing again. Then it wasn’t so bad. I had built up this invisible wall between wanting to write and actually doing it, and realised that the only way through Writer’s Block is to power through it. Otherwise, it becomes like quicksand. The more you struggle, the deeper you sink. Start off with baby steps, and get back into a writing routine, even if it’s 5 minutes a day. I wonder how many other writers out there are still recovering from the end of year holidays, and slowly getting back into a solid writing routine!
I really enjoyed this post by Ollin Morales – 10 Tricks To Motivate Yourself To Write – Right NOW
Check it out! And I think I’m going to print it off and stick it on my wall 🙂
On a cycling note, I’m happy to report that my bike and I have been enjoying some fun trips to the local shops. After cycling to the shops, I’ve realised how much more fun it is to cycle there instead of walking. Going downhill is super fun, and it’s relaxing to coast along. I need to get saddle-bag for my bike though, or a basket, so I can put the groceries in 🙂 My backpack can only fit so much!
Published by Raidah Shah Idil
Raidah Shah Idil is a student counsellor, poet, writer, and creative instructor with a passion for YA (young adult), fantasy, sci-fi and detective fiction. She was born in Singapore and moved to Australia at the age of 12. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English) and Bachelor of Science (Psychology) from the University of New South Wales in 2005.
After working as a marketing copywriter and studying the Islamic Sciences in Amman, Jordan for nearly two years, she returned to Sydney, got married, then moved to Malaysia. While working as a part-time tutor at Axiom Learning, she works as an online counsellor for Seekershub Global. She has completed her Diploma of Counselling through the Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors. Her full-time job is raising her baby daughter. Everything else is squeezed in between. Literally. Her writing has been published in The Feminist Wire, SISTERS magazine, Daily Life, Lip Mag and Venture Beat. Raidah’s poetry was recently published in the ‘Armed With Only Our Souls’ online DDFS chapbook by New York poet Caits Meissner. Her debut double-featured novel, “Finding Jamilah and the Story of Yusuf” was published by MyLegacy publications in early 2014.
In her spare time (ha), she reads, listens to audiobooks, goes on walks, and is always on the lookout for tasty noodle soup. She currently lives in a green, leafy suburb in Kuala Lumpur with her husband, three small children and mother-in-law.
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