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Southendian freelance writer and caffeine enthusiast, author of a few books you’ve never heard of

One of the most frustrating things about my career change was how mysterious the entire process had felt, even after the change actually happened.

When people asked how I’d managed to shift from safe, stable HR management to unstable, self-employed freelance writing, I struggled to give them a clear explanation.

The library taught me how to grow up.

It was the place I went to (an actual physical place, since the World Wide Web was in nappies then) whenever I had a question about the strange business of being a teenage girl.

Authors like Judy Blume guided me through the…

When you start out in business, you tend to hear a lot about failure.

I was reminded of this when I Googled “what happens after five years in business?” only to find a wealth of sombre statistics explaining why most businesses don’t make it past the five-year mark at all…

I do.

Even though they aren’t my own honeyed words, sharing someone else’s praise about my work feels like I’m bragging by proxy.

That ‘icky’ feeling is why I generally choose to let people talk about me behind my back, instead. The vast majority of my customers get in touch…

In my five years as a freelance writer, I have so far avoided the thing that most people told me I’d eventually have to do, which is to carve out a niche for my writing.

This isn’t (just) because I’m naturally bloody-minded; that irritating person who wants to do the opposite of everything they’re told. It’s because I get bored far too easily. …

Apparently, Benjamin Franklin once quipped, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”

I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that if Benjamin Franklin had ever been a child-free, middle-aged woman (which as far as I know, he wasn’t) he might have added a third certainty…

The first time I felt honest-to-God-glamorous was when I bought my first designer lipstick, from Debenhams’ beauty counter in Southend High Street.

I was a teenage girl who wasn’t good at make-up. I didn’t understand it. …

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Though I didn’t realise it at the time, I blogged my way out of a career I hated.

Five years ago, I went from HR into freelance writing. At the time, if anyone asked me how I did it, I’d say I listened to my instincts and went from there…

If a person you like ever decides to send you a draft of their novel, along with a polite request for your “honest thoughts”, know one thing.

No matter what you say or do, you are going to disappoint them.

Even if you gush uncontrollably about how great the story…

Nina Jervis

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