Social Media for Writers: LinkedIn Edition

Sophie Byrne shares her LinkedIn skills, explaining the 'how to's' of social media for writers.

Do I Need an ABN? Surviving Taxes for Freelancers

Today on the Bloc, we talk ABNs and making the best of taxes for freelancers.

It's Time to Write: A Q&A with Write and Shine’s Gemma Seltzer

On finding the time to write and smashing creative goals, with Write and Shine's Gemma Seltzer.


Gemma Seltzer is made of fairy dust. She must be magical, I hypothesise, after reading her credentials. It’s a long list filled with collaborations, residencies, a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship and the publication of her heartwarming book, Speak to Strangers.

Finding Space To Write When You’re On The Go

Claire Rosslyn Wilson on how travel doesn't have to mean abandoning your writing routine


Getting Over Imposter Syndrome While You’re Writing

Katerina Bryant on the origins of 'imposter syndrome' and how to believe in your words.

How to Become a Writer

Building Blocs Feature Editor Katerina Bryant on greyhounds, great writing, and writing wrongs


When I think of my life, I can’t help but think of that niggling list of regrets. Buying a guitar on a sweeping gust of ambition only to realise I sucked; throwing out every screwdriver in the tool box because ‘how often will I need that’ (the answer was, and still is, pretty regularly); those bitter mistakes I made when I started my writing career.

Freelance Jobs And International Travel

Claire Rosslyn Wilson shares some strategies for living between places and developing international networks as a creative freelancer. 


Make Professional Editing Work for You

This is a Building Blocs post from Allison K Williams, an experienced professional editor. 


Professional editing offers some choice lines of copy. In a recent manuscript I found this pearler. 

“He left the theatre, contemplating his own intensity.”

The Anxiety of Influence

Is your writing original? Probably not. But that’s no reason to get stressed about it. Raphaelle Race dives into the sea of neurosis that is the creative process.


The ‘anxiety of influence’ was first coined by one of America’s most beloved pomposities (also Professor of Humanities at Yale University), Harold Bloom. He used the term to talk about the fact that writers are constantly battling against every word they’ve ever read – especially the people they admire most – when the try to create original work.

The Art of Romance

Justin Heazlewood, on the art of balancing a relationship and a creative career. 


When it comes to a choice of partner, there are two schools of thought. Some will be stimulated by those involved in the arts, while others will welcome an outside perspective. In comedy, it’s common for neurotic stand-ups to marry their grounded publicists or managers, while many visual artists I know form romantic collaborations with fellow practitioners.

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