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A personal message

Imagine my surprise on reading the editor’s letter (WM, Jan) to fi nd he was speaking to me!

Okay, forgive my little delusion there; however the message regarding waiting for the right time could not be more pertinent to me. I have been waiting for the ‘right time’ to start writing for the last few years, for a time when life would be more settled and I could sequester myself for hours at a time in my lonely garret.

While I was waiting, life has only become busier and even more stressful due a family member succumbing to dementia. It felt as if I would never get there. However, something strange has happened. Having set aside a room to write in that’s just for me, I now fi nd myself writing every day as escapism, and consequently having more creative ideas than ever. As a result my stress levels have lowered and I am less anxious about the future. So, my advice to other readers who are waiting for the right time is don’t – just do it! You may discover some unexpected benefi ts.

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