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.

July 09, 2009

Plant your own garden

Other people’s snide comments or (seemingly humourous) jibes can undermine your confidence. When this happens go back to something you’ve written that makes you say ‘Hey, this is good stuff!’ or even,’ This isn’t bad at all.’ Plant your own garden. Don’t wait for others to give you flowers!

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