This page lists every article in the “personal” category.
This year, I finally started therapy.
On reminding myself that the tools are less important than what you do with them.
On having children.
On attending the latest Mark Knopfler gig, but for the first time not sitting with my brother.
Why I drink decaf coffee.
A recollection from childhood.
On the cover of my first novel, twenty-five years ago.
On the place I'm always drawn to in bookshops.
On the power that names hold.
On growing up surrounded by belief in the supernatural.
On the one morning each year when our living room door led to another place.
Sometimes, I can almost remember how.
There's nothing shameful about feeling.
On the natural fear we feel when allowing others to read what we're written.
On the season that heralds change, and reminds us of the work we've yet to do.
On the spark of fresh inspiration, as both the ally and nemesis of creative output.
If you have praise to give, don't wait until it's too late.
The other voices inside us, and the one I turn to in times of trouble.
On science fiction, and how it embodies hope.
My shifting relationship with money, during the major changes in my life.
On the points in life when we make decisions that define our future.
We show versions of ourselves to others, to help us hide.
There's no finer substance than single malt whisky.
On death, and its true face.
The power that smoke has to evoke my memories.
On the nature of depression, and suicidal thoughts.
Chasing the Northern Lights, and finding wonder in our world.
I wasn't always called Matt Gemmell.
My dark dreams as the year draws to a close.
Sultans of Swing has accompanied me through my life.
An anthology of my personal essays, on the Kindle Store.
Lessons I've learned about pain.
I am one possible version of myself.
It's easy to disdain wishes until you have something to wish for.
My experience with anxiety and panic attacks.
Our nostalgia traps us.
My compulsion to leave something behind, and be remembered.
Reading (and writing) horror fiction controls the fears we already have.
Rediscovering the short stories I wrote as a teenager.