Sunday 12th March 2017

Today I properly sat down and mapped out the development of my book. I think I have a good idea, but who knows. It doesn’t matter anyway – I’m not writing it for anyone else, I’m writing it for me.

Ok, that’s a lie. Every writer dreams that one day they will write a book and people will love it. Partly it is a need for validation thing and partly it is just that it feels so good to give other people joy, or entertainment.

But the most interesting thing I have learned has nothing to do with the book itself, it has to do with the act of writing it. This week, I worked on development of the two lead characters. I haven’t written fiction since I was about 11 years old. It doesn’t come as naturally to me as non-fiction. I don’t even read a lot of fiction! Yet, sitting down and really thinking about who these characters are, down to the details, like the music they listen to, had a strange effect on me. Working on a book gives me a feeling I haven’t felt before – a mix of excitement and calm.

Interestingly, I used to ask the future gods to bring me this mix of excitement and calm in my life. I thought I was naive to imagine it was possible – the two seem to juxtapose.

As it turns out, all I had to do was begin the journey of writing a book. The finished project is not the objective. It is the planning and the writing that has made me feel more free than I have felt in a very long time.

Much love, Katie xxx


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Hi, I’m Katie. I am a kiwi neuroscientist with a love for consuming and creating content. This site is where I share my personal thoughts and the thoughts of incredible minds from around the world. PhD in Neuroscience, University of Otago.

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