Design For Life

Have I made the right decision to become a full-time writer?

Dr Michael Keane advises a reader who has left their job after signing a book deal, but now finds their ability to write hampered by self-criticism

To get around writer’s block, we need to get the 'thinking brain’ back online

Dear Expert,

Recently I left my job, having been there for the guts of ten years, because I signed a book deal which for me is the dream of a lifetime. It's something I've always wanted and worked towards. My deal was given to me on the basis of three chapters plus a summary that I had provided. The advance isn’t that large, but as I would like to make my career as an author, ...