Young adult-ness

I’ve just read Divergent – a book I actually saw the film trailer for a couple of weeks ago. I bought it for a long train journey, and quite enjoyed it; although it’s not particularly well written, it’s got some interesting ideas.

People are divided into five factions, based on their personality traits. There are those who value honesty most of all, then courage, intelligence, kindness, and selflessness. But some don’t fit into these categories so neatly, and that’s where the fun starts.

It got me thinking about which faction I would be in, if I lived in that world, and maybe even more difficult to decide, which one I think has its priorities right. Of course they’re all good traits and I aspire to have them all, but where would I actually fit?

I like to think it would be Dauntless – the faction that honours courage above all else. The one I would like to be more like is probably Amity (kindness) or Abnegation (selflessness). The book itself has an interesting perspective on this; that in many cases, selflessness and courage are nearly interchangeable. We can be at our bravest when we are thinking of others and not ourselves. Forgetting the self can help us to act, even when we are scared.

1, 2, 3, write!

A little while ago, Lift (a fantastic new app which helps people to build habits and hold themselves accountable for whatever they choose to commit to) asked me to create a writing coaching plan.

It’s a 30-day plan; sign up and you’ll get a new tip each day, based on things that have helped me get down to writing, even when I don’t particularly want to, or when I don’t know what to say. The tips are simple and (hopefully) fun – I’d love you all to have a look and tell me what you think. It’s the first time I’ve ever written anything like this, but I really enjoyed it.

You can find the plan here.

I’ve also been tweeting a bit about my plan; if you like it, please sign up and/or share it yourselves. Happy writing!