A lot of people say to me, when they find out that I’m a writer, how they want to write themselves, but can’t find time to do it. My ethos is that a writer doesn’t find time, but rather makes time. I have a full time day job, which luckily for me, fits in with my writing – I get to lead a creative writing group for young writers. But even if I had to do a non-writing related job, I’ve come to believe there’s something to be gained from everything. Life experience = character development. In between working with teenagers, I make time to write, or read on my lunch break. Fair enough, I don’t read as much as should, since I prioritise writing, but I take little bits of information from everything I can – the Metro on the way to work, conversations on the bus, pamphlets at a doctor’s office and so on. Picking up on other styles of writing/ interesting topics/ mistakes in a printed article also helps me to hone my editing skills and improve my writing. Editing is the toughest part of being a writer for me!

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is a novelist and poet. Her debut novel, Gods of Avalon Road was published by Blossom Spring Publishing in October 2019 and her second novel, The Buddha's Bone is forthcoming in October 2021. Leilanie has also published three poetry collections: The Redundancy of Tautology (Cyberwit, 2021); Chemotherapy for the Soul (Fowlpox Press, 2017); A Model Archaeologist (Eyewear Publishing, 2015) and two self-published pamphlets: Toebirds and Woodlice (Meandi Books, 2012); Metamorphosis of Woman (Meandi Books, 2012), satirical novella Zombie Reflux (Meandi Books, 2014) and surreal novelette, Til Death do us Boneapart (Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, 2017). Leilanie is also Editor in Chief of Bindweed Magazine, a poetry and fiction online magazine that also publishes a quarterly print anthology. She currently lives in Belfast with her writer and poet husband, Joseph Robert and their lively literary tot, a voracious reader of educational books. Literary blog: https://leilaniestewart.com/ Meandi Books: http://meandibooks.bigcartel.com/ Bindweed Magazine: https://bindweedmagazine.wordpress.com/

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