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 12, 2010

Life gets in the way

Don't fret if life gets in the way of writing. Everyone has those crisis moments when the writing comes to stop. It may be a laptop bereavment or something more serious. If you can, then try and use the odd moment to mull over a character or scene, but don't put yourself under pressure. Just believe you'll pick it up when the crisis is over and you will.

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