Writer Questions: Robin Ratcliff

Did you always want to be a writer or did you kind of fall into it? Tell us the story of how you came to identify yourself as a writer.

I never really thought of myself as an author, but I have always loved to put my thoughts down on paper. Over the years, books have given me so much help by learning from other people, so I thought, why not! I should share some of the things I have learned with others also.

As a writer, are you a reader? What genres do you read and do you read more frequently in the genre you write in, or avoid it completely?

​I love any kinds of self help books, I love learning from others, I try to read about 30 positive or business books a year However, when I’m on holidays and only when I am on holiday,I love a good “girlie love story or some other kind of fiction book that I don’t normally read.

Tell us about your first writing experience. How does that compare to where you are now?

Procrastination is the word that comes to mind! It took me years of thinking about it until I finally started, and realised that by chunking it down, it is a really easy thing to do.

We all know the ‘just write’ memes if you are following any writers page, so apart from that, what’s the best advice you can give to someone new?

Don’t look at the “big project” break it down into chapters, give each chapter a name or a topic, and just do 1 at a time, so my best advice is, small chunks

What’s your biggest obstacle to writing and how do you overcome it? Most of us know that it is time, so try and let us know when you are best at your writing, and why that doesn’t work, and what you do to counter or overcome that problem.

I think having all of your chapters worked out and just doing 1 at a time makes it easier. Also schedule the time in your diary, what is scheduled gets done. Treat it like any other appointment in your diary, even if it is only 1 hour a week, and each chapter may take you 3-6 hours, so you can plan and set your goals easier.

Self-published or traditionally published? Tell us why that works for you?

Self Published – I feel that I have more control and it is much more cost effective.

Here is your chance to plug a book. Tell us about it and why we need to read it?

Time Mastery – The Secrets to having more time for the fun things in life

Doesn’t everyone want more time in their life for the things that they love?

Next project? Where are you in your writing journey and where to next for you?

I am working on my next project now. “Happy Trim & Healthy’ I am a type 2 diabetic, I lost 30kgs and stabalised my diabetes and my health and I want to help others do the same.

What’s your favourite genre? Tell us about one book from that genre that changed your life or outlook in life?

Tony Robbins – Awaken the Giant Within

The most personal question of all, what does writing give you? Why do you do it, what’s the point, and what does it provide in your life that you can’t fulfil by any other means?

I love the “me” time, just me and my thoughts, once I start writing, things that I don’t consciously think about may just appear on the paper. Writing makes me stop everything else and be me. I guess it’s like mindfulness, which is a great place to be.

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