Writing in a Whirlwind Year: Five-Part Newsletter Series




Scribble Ink is 11! It's been an amazing decade (and some change), and most of us, 2020 and moving into 2021 will be the making of a very complicated GCSE essay question!


It's been tough. It's been exhausting. It's been frustrating. However, 2020 has also been an opportunity for self-reflection, pivots and growth. In the lead-up to celebrating Scribble Ink's 11th birthday, I wrote a five-part newsletter series, giving an honest account of uphill personal battles and the lessons learned from 2020 which I'll be taking with me into 2021 and beyond. A huge thanks to the thousands of readers who opened, clicked and shared the series. For those in the mood for a binge-read, scoff the whole lot by clicking the links below.


Part 1: T'was the eve before lockdown. I'd settled into my onesie and slippers, safe in the knowledge I'd had a successful few weeks: I'd been offered a fantastic opportunity to work as a Creative Learning and Programme Officer at the Stratford Circus Arts Centre and the Scribble Ink Academy 12-week Creative Enterprise programme I'd been working on for the longest time was FINALLY given the green light; content was created, sessions were planned, dates were set, venues were booked, and reservations were bursting at the seams. And then...READ MORE...


Part 2: I'm delighted to inform you that since I've been living under a rock, the following has been achieved...READ MORE...


Part 3: I wrote part two to keep you informed of my progress and hopefully to offer a bit of encouragement, but don't get it twisted, there were some dark days, some 'I can't be bothered' moments, irritating circumstances and lessons to take forward...READ MORE...


Part 4: For me, 2020 will forever be known as 'the year of the pivot.' I wanted to take advantage of my time at home by exploring the best practices for working smart, not hard, for the sake of propelling Scribble Ink and my writing to new heights. As mentioned in the earlier parts of this newsletter series, lightbulb moments were had and lessons - whether new discoveries or harsh reminders - were learned. Here are some tips that I know will remain post-covid-apocalypse...READ MORE...


Part 5: So this concludes my five-part newsletter series and is also the day we celebrate Scribble Ink turning eleven! Eleven years! If she were a person, she'd be getting ready for secondary school. Our baby's all grown up! The evolution of the writers' revelation revolution is the stuff dreams are made of. Yes, there have been challenges, slow starts and a wealth of pivotal moments, but every twist and turn is a lesson learned and every lesson learned makes for excellent storytelling - nothing has been wasted. ...READ MORE...


I hope my earnest and heartfelt series has brought us closer - encouraged you, inspired you, and at the very least, reassured you that I have not been abducted by aliens!


Until next time, stay safe, stay wonderful and happy writing!

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