"Subject your senses – all five of them – to a wide range of different experiences. Challenge your preferences and dare to be uncomfortable. I think that if we always stay inside a narrow comfort zone, this weakens our ability to perceive and understand the world around us. Make your brain work!"
For anyone who has ever struggled with their mental health - or who knows some who has - Walking On Custard is an absolute must-read. In a recent Q&A with the author himself, we discussed this stunning book and what he's up to next.
I've been talking to the lovely Virginia MacGregor, author of What Milo Saw and The Astonishing Return of Norah Wells, and debut writer Francesca Dorricot about how making time for your passion is essential if you really believe in the writer's dream.
Oscar Wilde said: If at first you don't succeed, redefine success. When you think hard enough about it, this is all literature is about. Reinvention, imagination and just a little bit of gumption.