How do you get things done during the pandemic? Here are three things that can help.

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We read about it, discuss it and experience it every single ground-hogging, jaw-clenching, paper-wasting day. The effect of the pandemic is in the back of our minds when we create. It is the forefront when we don’t. The love we feel in letting go and giving in to our creative self is fading. So, what can we do about it?

Here are three simple ways to get your writing mojo back.

1. Find a Cosy Nook

Create an area in the house just for you. Be it a bookshelf, a window sill or a favourite armchair. …


Exclusive with the award-winning children’s author

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Author and Onjali Rauf. Artwork by Fatima_artwork88 via Instagram

Onjali Rauf, like many of us, harbored ambitions of becoming an author. Despite dreaming of this, she thought it more likely that she’d become an astronaut or an architect. She jokes that these were more realistic ambitions to have for “someone like me.”

Onjali radiates warmth and light. In a room where she’s talking, there is nothing anybody wants to do but listen. Listen to her soothing tones, listen to her speaking of those less fortunate than us. Listen to her telling stories of those whose plight is highlighted by the plot of her books. …


Want to write, but not sure how to start? Read on!

Morning Pages can pave the way to creative success in so many ways.

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‘Morning Pages’ is a term coined by the super inspirational author, Julia Cameron. It is ‘stream of consciousness’ writing, or as I explain to the children during our creative writing lessons- ‘stream of thoughts’ writing.

This means that you write exactly what you think, with no exceptions!

You don’t go back to edit the structure, a sentence or even a word. You don’t worry about spelling, punctuation or grammar.

You let it be, and you carry on writing. Julia Cameron teaches us to write the length of three sides of a notebook each morning. …


A Day In The Life of a Freelance Writer

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Image: Fatima_artwork88 via instagram. Thanks Fatima!

Yesterday was a funny day. It began with a deep desire to go straight back to sleep. Now, I don’t know about you, but as the days get darker, the tendancy and need to sleep a lot grabs me and I can’t seem to shake it off. Last year I came across an artist’s portrayal about the human need to burrow deep down and enjoy the cozy warmth and solitude of winter. It spoke to me on so many levels. Here is the contemporary artist, Fatima Hussain’s take on it.It showed…


Many people used to think that home education was impossible. Reflecting on our experiences Lockdown 2020, is it time to change your mind?

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Now that we’ve all had a taste of home education during Lockdown 2020, maybe even you will agree that you don’t need to be a professional teacher to teach!

Unusual Circumstances

The conditions during Covid 19 were highly unusual. If you are among the group of parents now considering giving up multiple school runs, the mundane task of packing lunches every morning, and the uncertainty of deciding whether your child is fit for school that day or not, then be aware that your job is going to get easier! …


Self-belief

Begin the journey of retraining your soul to widen your perspective and to find your way back to your true purpose.

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You are a resilient soul. Use beautiful powerful tools given to you by the universe like a journal to focus on the here and now. A daily practice of written affirmations will serve as an empowering reminder of who you are and where you want to be today.

Of course, the most important place to be in this instant is the present! This presence is crucial for your growth and progression. However difficult it is to live in the present when things are far from perfect, it will help you form solutions and the answers will come from places you…


Stories around a campfire are the best of what summer is made of and we all feel the comfort when delving into a story. Maybe it’s time to tell yours.

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Do you sometimes feel burdened by your life experiences? Reflecting on life can sometimes get you down and it’s difficult to carry all that pressure on your shoulders all the time.

Have you ever wondered about the idea of freeing yourself by telling your story?

Many many people understand the virtues of storytelling. It is a tradition as natural to us as the need to eat or sleep.

We tell stories to cope with situations. We read stories to get through. We even write to let go of anxiety.

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live.

Joan Didion

How…


Do you ever wonder why you’re not progressing on your path as a writer? Here I explain how focusing on one goal at a time will lead to ultimate success.

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The last time I went to London, my brother recommended a book. It’s called ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller.

‘Oh cool’ I said, ‘can I borrow it?’

‘No, I didn’t buy it. The title says it all’. He grinned at me. ‘I mean, it’s pretty self-explanatory. Focus on one thing at a time and you’ll get there’.

I laughed and agreed that it did sound…


There are two types of people in this world. Why not choose to be of the type that decides to make the most of every minute?

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If something is in the way of you achieving your goal, the choice of whether you continue or give up is your own.

Those who succeed choose to ‘fight’, whether that’s with time, a person, or even a feeling. You decide to make things work because you don’t allow that obstacle to take over.

You who succeed choose to surpass the naysayers and the haters by simply carrying on until you reach your goals.

Denzel Washington said in his motivational speech to a group of American High School graduates that

‘dreams without goals are…


Have you ever been told to stop writing to do better? Neil Gaiman’s advice is to live life a little and then come back to tell your stories.

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Neil Gaiman once told one of his students to stop writing. His talented, bright student had the skills to enchant and entrance. But his writing wasn’t enough.

Instead, he encouraged him to travel the world, watch sunsets, make friends and fall in love. No doubt having his heart broken and things going wrong in life wouldn’t hurt either.

From the deepest wounds do writers tell a tale of sorrow. From only purest joy can you write of joy in a way that makes the reader feel something of the same.

The student in question…

Sidra Ansari

Word after word after word makes a sentence. Sentences help me to understand life (that’s the hope anyway!). I love to hear from you! Visit the7ofus.blog

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