Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Mel, devoted word nerd and recovering perfectionist. I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil and telling stories since I was old enough to talk.
At the age of 3, I dreamed up tall tales about green monsters living in the woods behind our house.
At the age of 9, I scribbled stories in spiral notebooks when I was supposed to be doing homework. I arrived early to school to get my hands on the latest library books. (Harry Potter and A Series of Unfortunate Events were my jam!)
At the age of 12, I wrote my first novel in Wordpad. (Yes, Wordpad. I’m that old.) I deleted all 18 chapters after reading them once. You might say my inner critic started young.
Fast forward 15 years, and I’m now an established freelance writer and editor with 2 writing degrees, 25+ happy clients, and dozens of bylines under my belt. Neat!
Don’t worry — I won’t bore you with my whole writing life story. I just wanted you to get a sense of how fervently I love what I do.
But despite my lifelong passion for the craft and my qualifications and experience in writing, I struggle with consistency and imposter syndrome on the daily.
Opening up about those struggles and challenging harmful beliefs about how “productive” writers should behave is one of my main goals with my blog and my work in general.
For this neurodivergent writer who lives with borderline personality disorder, writing is often a one-step-forward, two-steps-back process.
That’s also a big reason why I have zero tolerance for hustle culture bullshit. I’m all about being patient with yourself and giving yourself as much grace as you need to.
Sometimes, I update my blog twice a week. Other times, I go months without posting at all. I’m trying to be better, but you know what? It’s okay!
It’s okay to get stuck.
It’s okay to write at your own pace.
It’s okay to feel overwhelmed sometimes.
Your output does not determine your worth as a person.
That’s the core of my writing philosophy and every post I write.
So, that just about covers everything you need to know about me. Now it’s your turn! Head over to the contact page and drop me a line, or scroll down a bit to connect with me on the socials.