Who are you?

  Three questions: Write your answers in the comments below, or email me at aleekwrites@gmail.com – and I will reward you*. 1. How long/much have you been reading this blog? Do you want to subscribe? (Why?) 2. Who are you? What do you do? 3. The classic: What do you think is…

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Content and Communications: My case

My case, answering a few questions about my abilities for a content and communications role at a charity…   – Specialist and/or technical subject: At B2B magazines Pensions Age/European Pensions I developed passion for well-researched, specialist, sharp writing on complex subjects and was self-motivated in my learning of investments and finance from scratch…

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Aim

If you’re scared to aim too high & work for no guarantee,why don’t you stay in bed and see if that works instead? #notetoself The trajectory, the progress and the bigger picture matter more. I’d rather be where I am because I’m there. I’d rather go where I’m going because…

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Scribblings of success

What can you do well in front of hostile strangers? What do you keep doing even when there is no room for you in that world? There is no drive when it is easy. And it is easy to find fault with your work, but it’s not easy to stand…

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Defining success

I was reading for entire days. Like I needed to read about it for it to be real. In a moment of desperation, I Googled: ‘What do writers want?’ and ‘What do readers want?’ It was enlightening. It’s difficult to place a price on your ephemeral love and need to…

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A small shift in my mind

The runner’s wall. The writer’s block. The compound rejections starting a career in an imploding industry. Living to fight another day when you’re hit in more ways than one. Beyond the pain there is so much that is worth it. If the same methods don’t work then why not do…

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How to be alone

I hear the clock tick with no panic and I reach the end of the day with no self-judgement. At least, that is what I hope for, in life. What you do when you find yourself alone affects everything. To simply feel what you need, to know yourself, and to…

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Do you hire talent? Or develop it?

In the creative world, talent (rather than effort) is emphasised constantly. It’s that certain style, aesthetic, effortless brilliance, and you’ve either got it… or you haven’t. Right? Is there such a thing as talent? Or just people along the learning curve? And, as an employer/mentor, you’re either in a position…

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Creator-critic dog-fight. With added unemployment!

SCENE: ABOUT TO WRITE A POST VOICES PIPE UP IN MY HEAD. Critic:                     Oh, hey dawg. What you up to? Creator:               Writing. Critic:                     You’re what? Writing what, exactly? Creator:               Some things for my blog. Not sure yet, my thoughts and that. Critic:                     So, let me get this straight. You’re…

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