Breathe – Issue 9

With a free 'Notes for my Novel' notebook


Breathe issue 9 is on sale now!

‘Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.’

The Breathe team have been swapping famous first lines as we ponder what many (including us) see as a life goal – writing a novel. But that’s as far as we’ve got. None of us has a manuscript waiting to get the green light from a brave publisher.

As for most people, lack of time, confidence and impetus all come into play, but there’s a bigger stumbling block: where do you start? Help has finally arrived as published authors share their stories, tips and inspiration, while Christine Boggis’ free Notes for My Novel booklet is full of inventive ideas to get the creative side of the brain whirring.

Yes, finding time to write may still be a problem, but perhaps it’s better to be spontaneous and just do it – to go where the whim takes you and do whatever feels best, be that starting a book, taking a new route to work, going for a run or attending an event where you don’t know anyone. This can be difficult, especially for life’s worriers, but living for the moment can bring new friends, wonderfully unexpected experiences and a wider knowledge of the world around you.

It’s quite possible, of course, that ditching your duties and acting on the spur of the moment might sometimes land you in an awkward position. The thing is, it won’t be the end of the world. And if anyone criticises you for your joie de vivre, suggest they at least first read Anne Guillot’s tips for giving feedback in a constructive and positive fashion, before pointing out (politely) that on this occasion their concerns are misplaced.

For our part, the Breathe team are always open to wise words, especially if they will help us achieve our dream of one day penning an opening line as compelling and brilliant as Daphne du Maurier’s in Rebecca.

Responses (8)

  1. Pilar Molinos
    January 3, 2018 at 9:26 pm · Reply

    Hi!! My make is Pilar Molinos and I live in Spain! I have a subscription from a friend as a gift and I have just received number 10 but not number 9. Could u send it back to me please?.
    Thanks a lot,

    • Josh
      January 4, 2018 at 10:26 am · Reply

      Hello Pilar, thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the error. Our customer services team will be in touch with you directly soon to get this resolved. Thanks and best wishes, Josh.

  2. Natalia
    January 12, 2018 at 3:10 pm · Reply

    Hi, is there a way to see examples of contents pages from past issues to decide if I’d like to subscribe? Thanks.

    • Josh
      January 18, 2018 at 2:54 pm · Reply

      Hi Natalia, I’m afraid we don’t have any contents pages available for viewing, but many of the articles on our website are originally from the magazine so hopefully will give you a taste. You can also read about each issue here:

  3. Terra
    August 15, 2018 at 2:48 am · Reply

    Hi there,

    I ran across your magazine and loved every single page! I am wondering if I can purchase the first issue in print?

  4. Maria
    September 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm · Reply

    Hi, I absolutely loved the cover of Issue 9 and was wondering if there is anywhere to purchase a physical copy of this? Or if any stockists will still have back issues.

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