You might prefer Nelson Mandela, Taylor Swift, Tim Ferriss or Oprah. Choose your celebrity guide. And borrow their courage.

Madonna in the 1985 film, Desperately Seeking Susan

In the 1980s, Madonna was my mentor.

How I stopped polishing, and started publishing.

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My name is Sheryl, and I’m a perfectionist.

But don’t let it stop you. Let it motivate you.

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Very few people talk about the gap.

Because creative isn’t a noun. It’s what we do.

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I am talking to a writer client.

She is stuck.

As creatives, we sometimes forget this.

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Money, money, money

For creatives, it’s security in a changing world. Every trickle helps!

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We live in a time of rapid change and disruption.

I made all of the mistakes. So that you don’t have to.

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1. Save for taxes

Journalist, podcaster, non-fiction author and now best-selling novelist. How does she do it all?

Writer Daisy Buchanan, photographed by Grace Plant

I first met Daisy Buchanan at a literary festival.

Sometimes, the best thing to do is nothing at all. Even in lockdown.

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It’s snowing here on the UK coast.

There’s nothing unique about my tiredness, of course.

Then I realised that I’m not walking my talk.

Gratitude can be a superpower — but only if you mean it.

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#1 of 100 days of gratitude.

Sheryl Garratt

Writer; editor; coach, supporting creatives to step up and do their best work — and get paid for it! Find me at

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