Silja Swaby, half Jamaican, half Finnish, is a marine biologist and author. Funded by Arts Council England, she has won competitions, and been placed in prizes and awards. She is working on a series of futuristic thrillers, featuring a female biologist whose quiet academic life takes a drastic turn. Silja has taken creative writing courses at Cambridge University and more recently Yale University, USA.

Silja tutors writers, gives workshops, and provides a critique service. She is happily unmarried and lives in deepest Somerset, UK.

Silja Swaby is pronounced Sil-yah Sway-bee.

May 15, 2008

Lilies and leeches

Lilies bring happiness, light and joy. Leeches drain energy and creativity. It’s not hard to list the lilies and the leeches in your life. Lilies are supportive, even if they are not sure what or why you write. Leeches show no interest and may even resent the time you spend writing.

There is no cure all, so love your lilies and develop a thick skin around the leeches, but above all keep writing.

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