The Re:Mark: Write On✌🏼
As a writer, I believe you also need to be a reader. The two go hand-in-hand. You can't write a good script without honing your craft with a little inspo from your fave authors, columnists and people you admire. As 2017 continues to be the Year of Mindfulness, I wonder whether reading and writing have become the new therapy...
One of the best parts of my job is networking and meeting new people, especially fellow writers. It’s always so inspiring to hear what other people are working on, who they're writing for and what they're excited about. The fashion industry is so small, networking soon becomes just like meeting a friend for coffee and sharing notes on all the latest. Inviting new writers to be guest editors for Primark.com is always fun for me: it gives me a fresh perspective and adds another layer to our editorial content.
There seems to be a real rise in influencers and journalists writing their own books just now, something that I really celebrate. Being able to write a book used to seem so unimaginable: like the project was just too hard, would take too long and unless you’d lived a well-traveled, exotic life, you wouldn’t have enough experience to bring the story alive. But it looks like that’s all changing now...
It all started with "GirlBoss" – which BTW if you haven’t already heard, is about to become a Netflix drama at the end of this month – all the more reason to write your own book, fellow writers! We followed Sophia Amoruso’s rise from Ebayer extraordinaire to Founder and Executive Chairman of her own label. She made it seem like anyone could do it as long as you put your mind to it, worked hard and became the master of your own destiny. Amen to that sista!
Then it was Elizabeth Gilbert’s "Big Magic" that grabbed everyone’s attention, followed by Lena Dunham’s autobiography "Not That Kind of Girl". All these books share life lessons and give the reader career advice, without really being too "self-help". We can finally fling that gaggy label!
I’m also a sucker for the Insta pics people post of their latest book hauls. My camera roll is full of screen grabs as I mentally add each and every recommendation onto my bookshelf.
As well as celebrating young journalists and influencers becoming authors, I’m also a bit jealous! Writing a book has been on my to-do-list for a long time. So much that at the end of last year, I took a novel-writing course. Six weeks to hone my skills, really learn the craft and practice, practice, practice! It was also a chance to meet other female writers and form our very own support network – so we always had someone to call on to read our copy, brainstorm characters, and help form our ideas and plot lines.
Not quite ready to bare your soul by putting pen to paper? Maybe stick to baring your legs, ankles and toes instead! Give writer's block the cold shoulder as Womenswear Editor Jodie shares her 5 Ways to Win Spring Style.
Not everyone likes reading, but I think it should be fun. Books don’t have to be educational or really heavy to be good or worthwhile: they can just be a blast! Think of it as escaping reality, switching off and jumping into someone else’s life for a while. Speaking of which: if you need a holiday from your own daily life, then it’s time to find your inner zen. Let Rachel to give you some top hacks. The best thing about reading and writing though (a lot like shopping at Primark) is that it’s available to everyone – but especially big with #Girlbosses!