Author Archives: Elise

Meeting Expectations

You know, it never occurred to me when I was unpublished that being published in itself would constitute an enormous amount of pressure. Not in terms of keeping my career going – although I’m sure I’ll struggle with that at … Continue reading

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Hating your own work.

I’ll be honest; my process involves a lot of time spent hating what I’ve written. A lot. I convince myself that reading my own work will be like hearing my own voice (DO NOT WANT), and I spend ages wrestling … Continue reading

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Happy birthday to me!

I’m 30 today. Actually, I’m still 29, by the skin of my teeth, as I write this. But when you read it, I’ll be 30. A lot of people I know like to make a list of goals for their … Continue reading

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Expectations.

Writing is scary. Right? And it’s scary to send your stories off and face possible rejection. But you know what else is scary? This completely blindsided me, but… Having people who enjoyed your work is scary as hell. Because you’re … Continue reading

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Working with other writers.

I’m not massively experienced in working with other writers. When Richard (Salter) informed me that I’d be part of World’s Collider (which, months later, I’m still excited about), my only concern was that I’d be really bad at it – … Continue reading

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The importance of networking.

I’ve always written, to some extent. Not always in English (I was raised in Dutch and actually learned French before I learned English), but always in some capacity or another. Even when I’m not physically writing, I’m thinking up crazy … Continue reading

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Happy New Year, everybody!

Early on in 2011, I turned to my husband. “Honey,” I said, “I’m going to be a professional writer.” He looked up from the food he was preparing and looked at me. For a moment there was silence, while he … Continue reading

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