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.

September 04, 2008

Don’t give up

Louise Doughty believes there comes a point in every novel when you just don’t know any more. You’ve been immersed in it for months, possibly years. You are plagued with self-doubt yet know there is something there and are not ready to give up on it. Personal coach, Rachel Brushfield, has a long list of what ‘doesn’t happen’ because of self-doubt. One of which is – books don’t get written.

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