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.

January 12, 2012


Taking five minute to meditate at the beginning of a writing session will quiet the 'chatter' and give your mind a chance to access your creativity. I set a timer, close my eyes and when the negative thoughts come I tell myself, 'Let it go. It's got nothing to do with you.' Yes, my mind wanders, but the discipline helps me ditch the rubbish and enter my 'writing head'.

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