It is always exciting to get a new subscriber to Post-40 Bloggers, especially bloggers who have writing at their core and, thus, understand the exhilarating and deeply frustrating episodes that can make up the writing process. I was particularly drawn to Paul’s eloquent honesty in this post (‘Anxious About Writing’) about his life anxieties and how that translates into his writing – or not writing. Enjoy. Ed

I have been experiencing a great deal of anxiety these last few months. I won’t bore you with the details. Suffice to say that in common with most people, a sudden and large injection of cash would make things a lot easier. What it feels like, is a tension in my belly. And when it gets really bad, that tension travels to my chest. I have learned over the years that when I feel something in my chest, things have gone a bit too far.

If I was really struggling, if I couldn’t pay my mortgage or for food, then I would embrace that tightness in my chest as entirely natural. How else should one feel such fear? But I’m not in that situation. What I have been thinking is irrational and even obsessional. What I have been feeling is the result of that irrationality.

Read on | Dat Beardy Man