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'Nothing changes, if nothing changes'

Write your story!



Just like that another year bites the dust.

Just like that we welcome in another new day, another new month and an another new year. Just like that we get the opportunity to turn over a new leaf

Just like that we could stop procrastinating and start writing

Just like that we could share our story

Just like that it really is that simple


What do you have planned for the New Year?

Are you going to spend some time journaling/reading/writing?

Is 2023 going to be your year to write the book you've been meaning to write?



This New Year I have decided to take a 'go slow' approach, to step gently into the 1st day of January, to embrace the simple things in life and not feel pressured to follow the crowd. I shall dedicate some time each day to morning pages, journaling and writing the book I've been meaning to write (it is a slow burn but I'm thoroughly enjoying the process).


If you have struggled with your writing this year, here are my top 5 books about the writing practice that I have throughly enjoyed and been guided by...



Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg,

Things I Don't Want To Know / The Cost Of Living / Real Estate by Deborah Levy,

Write It All Down by Cathy Rentzenbrink

The Way Of The Fearless Writer by Beth Kempton

Ten Things About Writing by Joanne Harris


A book for 2023 that delivers a wonderful balance of firm and inspiring writing advice, which I am super excited about, is Write For Life by the truly talented Julia Cameron.


I dearly hope you wake up to a calm and peaceful New Years Day, enjoy the slowness, embrace the need to still want to hibernate and indulge in more reading, writing and resting. After all, January should be the beginning of anything you want, you just need to believe in YOU more. If you'd like to learn how to write a memoir or try creative non-fiction, keep following the latest news about our 2023 Writing & Wellness Retreats over on Instagram @easeretreats



Until the next time, here's to new beginnings

Take care and stay safe

Tan xx


"There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story.

You never know where they'll take you"

Beatrix Potter

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