For those of us in the UK, it's been a tumultuous week: even by recent standards. With this in mind, I hereby declare this newsletter a Brexit-free zone. Give yourself a break from the news and read some lovely posts instead. You've earned it.

Celebrating the wins

And talk about getting off to a positive start! Please join me in congratulating Helen on her first full year in business as a freelancer. Her post (here) is a run down of everything she's thankful for in striking out on her own. Life-affirming stuff, here.

Alice knows a think or two about wins, as well. What's more, she's sharing it with us all in her post about awards (here). As she reveals, it's not all about the glory and recognition; the process of putting your company forward for an award is a great opportunity to take stock and celebrate everything that makes your company great.

Charles has been thinking about wins, too, investigating the concept of success in podcasting (here). He's crunched the numbers and can reveal that the listener count that can be considered a success is lower than you might think (and is also pretty reassuring to certain newsletter writers).

Toyah's post about The Simpsons: Tapped Out (here) is not necessarily a post about success. In fact, it's mainly focussed on things going wrong and straying over to the wrong side of the tracks. But not only did Toyah overcome the odds, she also recently shared that she's been contacted by a developer and given a review copy of a new game off the back of her Meaningful Video Games posts for #Write52. Richly deserved and proof that writing about stuff you like every week is good for more than just your soul.

I wanna get physical

Strap on those running shoes, pour yourself into some lycra, and stock up on deep heat: these posts are going to get you moving.

We start with Susanne and her love/hate relationship with running (here). Featuring quotations from Murakami and a beautiful poem about experiencing the world and the changing seasons while running, there's something here for marathon veterans and seasoned couch potatoes alike.

Penny's been writing about work-outs too, this time telling the tale of the Aerockbics class she used to run (here). As well as a personal story told with all of her usual wit and charm, she's also shared her high energy work out/rock out playlist, and some really insightful thoughts about making a business out of the things you love.

Now, I don't know about you but I'm in need of a serious warm-down after that. Maybe somewhere on a beach, with a pack of cards and a BBQ? Well Helen has just the ticket with her tale of family glamping adventures (here). It's warm in every sense of the word, highlighting the importance of relaxing together.
I'm away from my scanner, alright?

Food, glorious food

All this exercise and travel has made me hungry. Luckily, the #ThatTranslatorCanCook gang are here again with some sumptuous recipes from around the world.

Emily is cooking up pipiranna andaluza (here): a delightful Spanish salad which poses no end of translation puzzles to figure out. How do you translate the name of a dish that is, essentially, nonsense? Well read on to find out how she tackled it.

Hannah has faced some translation challenges too, contending with regional salts, wheat that isn't wheat, and the proper names for spoons, all in order to whisk up some buckwheat gallettes (here). Both of these posts offer so much wisdom about the translation process and how many different things there are to think about when transferring writing from one language to another. Translators, we salute you.

...And the rest

Some weeks, the categories for this newsletter just seem to fall into my lap, fully formed. Other weeks, I get two or three categories locked in and then all of the remaining posts are just totally unrelated.

Or are they? Reader, I issue you a challenge: find the hidden theme that links these posts and win... errrr... something. TBD.

First up is Mani, covering the scourge that is people recording live events on their phones (here). If you've been to a gig in the last five or so years, then there's a good chance that you saw most of the action through the grubby thumbprints on the cracked screen of someone in front of you, painstakingly committing every second of the concert to a video that they will never watch again, rather than actually experiencing the event itself. If that sounds familiar, then there's something for you here.

Maybe the common thread is music? I've been thinking about cover songs this week in a post that is at least partially about Karl Blau's Introducing (here). What makes a cover good? Or, even better, what makes a cover bad? Read on to find out.

Perhaps the connection is calling out negative behaviour? In her wonderfully titled piece "Anatomy of a ClapBack" (here), Kat takes a particularly ill-informed and prejudiced article about Barbados to task. This is really important writing about some truly damaging attitudes, so read and share widely.

Ooh, I know! It's travel, right? Well, maybe... that certainly comes up in Ellen's  short but sweet out of office post (here). She's taking a break from her war on plastic to spend some quality time with the family before her husband jets off to Japan to cover the Rugby World Cup. Click this and look at the family photo. Awww.

Maybe, after all that, it's talking like a human being that really counts. Rose's post on conversational copy (here) has a shed load of practical tips on how to bring a personal touch to your writing, and is a recommended read for professional writers and people with real jobs alike (sorry everyone). Seriously, read this. It's a cracker.

Words to live by

"I have found a great group of people that give me inspiration daily on LinkedIn, Twitter and a lovely network in our #write52 crew. When working from home in the back bedroom they are often your only sense of company and interaction in a day so it is good to get involved and enjoy the camaraderie. And they are there to offer advice and support whenever you need, and sometime before you vent valise you needed it.

The best ones are those that realise not all conversations have to be about work. Gotta love a network where you discuss your favourite biscuits on a weekly basis."

Helen Hill  A Year Of Me. Just Me.
And that's it for another week! Where does the time go?

For once I don't have anything to plug or any corrections/apologies to issue, so I guess you're free to go.

That said, watch this space next week for some exciting news. You won't want to miss it.

Adios, amigos.
The Write52 Newsletter is compiled by Ed Callow.

I'm a copywriter, editor and screenwriter, and I started the Write52 challenge by mistake. Luckily, a load of talented writers signed up and saved my bacon.

You can find me at or @EdCallowWrites on Twitter, if the mood takes you.
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