Two great losses to the cultural world this week: David Bowie and Alan Rickman. I was driving along yesterday thinking about them both – both men lived extraordinary lives are weren’t afraid to be themselves, to be brilliant. It got me wondering about the rest of us. Whilst I don’t think for one moment I’ll ever be uber famous or vastly successful as a writer, it’s still all I want to do. As I attempt to find my own voice I wonder if I’ll ever have a 100th the brilliance that those two men had. If I can shine just a teenth as much I’ll be happy. People are individuals but people like Bowie and Alan Rickman are EXTRA individual. If we can try and focus on what’s individual and special in each person, we’ll see more, see what makes each person shine. And me, if I can touch just one person with my writing, I’ll be happy. I hope I can find my own brilliance. I don’t have great aspirations to be massively famous or rich; I’d just like to be able to earn a living from my words so I can keep doing it. And the more I let myself do it, the more I find my voice, the more unafraid I am, perhaps the more unique my writing will become. I can’t be a Bowie or a Rickman, but I can be a Myatt.


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I'm a writer living in the NE of Scotland. I write short stories, flash fiction and to date, three novels as practice ones. I've won a few competitions and been published in a few places, and I've been shortlisted too... My stories have been described as easily readable, but with serious themes. I'm finding my own unique voice as a writer and it becomes clearer every day. I'm a mum of two young children and have a partner who is very supportive. I give English tuition to anyone who needs it and I drive taxis part time. In between being a keen cook and making ignoring housework a new hobby, I write. I manage a few hours a day during a good week and one day I'd LOVE to spend a week or so on a writers' retreat. Having said that, the busier I am, the more I write. I like working under pressure (hence my attendance on sites such as 'Hour of Writes' and 'Write-Invite') and it never ceases to amaze me what pops out of my head when I sit down to a blank screen. I am a member of a writer's group called Mearns Writers, a lovely bunch of (slightly bonkers and thoroughly interesting) people indeed. I'm trying to build an on line life as I believe most writers nowadays need to have a readily availble 'CV' in the form of a blog/twitter account/social media page and though I would rather spend time writing stories I suppose it's time I collated my successes and made a page that, hopefully, a publisher/agent will read one day. Happy reading!

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