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.

August 07, 2008

Don’t be afraid

I came across this snippet in Louise Doughty’s book A Novel in a Year. It said, ‘Don’t be afraid of experimenting or writing very loose, first–draft material. Every small amount you write is a step forward and even if you end up editing that small amount as a later date, or axing it completely, you will have learned during the process of writing it. You will have moved forward.’

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