What is sisu, anyway?

Sisu is one of those words that doesn’t translate well into English. A Finnish word, sisu describes a characteristic that is considered uniquely Finnish. In English you might call it “perseverance”, “grit”, “guts”, “pluck”, “spunk”, “balls”, “backbone”, and/or “stamina”. It is used to describe a people who survive dark winters, enjoy coffee and salt licorice, swim in frozen lakes and sauna in 100C degree saunas, usually on the same day.

“Sisu is not momentary courage, but the ability to sustain that courage.”

It’s a good word for writers, too. So much of the creative process involves guts, having the courage to say it right, courage to dig deep and persevere, and keep doing it with the same reasoned resolve, despite how uncomfortable and challenging the job.

Inky Sisu is coming to Writerly Kits!

Spoiler Alert! Writerly Kit subscribers are going to get a taste of sisu in November’s subscription box.

Writerly Kits started up this June and I love the concept. A Writerly Kit is a Canadian bi-monthly subscription box; you can also pick up a one-time gift box – it’s great gift for your writerly friends. It is curated to support writers to live their creative dreams.

The goal of each kit is to provide unique techniques, tools, treasures plus access to a Writerly Kits community, that will result in more writers writing and more projects published.

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Check out the loot included:

  • Content with fun and fantastical themes.
  • An artisan crafted wooden box with your first order, perfect for storing your writing tools, notes, manuscripts.
  • A creative process technique /activity based on the original content of Novel Minds Coaching signature process.
  • An author’s story with their favourite writing and publishing tips.
  • 1 – 2 writers tools.
  • S.I.P.s – surprise inspirations to have with your coffee or tea.
  • Only the best coffee, tea, and/or treat.
  • Prize worthy challenges to encourage your creative thinking, imagination, focus, and to support  meeting your writing goals (We have a “laughably do-able” philosophy, so don’t run away when you read ‘meet your writing goals.’)
  • A self-care item (such as organic essential oil product and lotions)
  • Access to our intimate community of Writerly Kits writers, where we can share discoveries, create buddy writing events, enjoy guided visualizations created just for you, and feel connected in this sometimes isolating world of being a writer.

Fun, engaging and supportive – a writers’ community in your mailbox.

I’ve had a great time thinking about what a writer needs to know about editing and working with a professional editor.  Inky Sisu loves meeting a whole new batch of writers!


Inky Sisu has arrived!

A virtual sign-post has been hung and Inky Sisu wants to work with you! Specializing in creative and professional writing services on central Vancouver Island, Inky Sisu works with businesses and individuals to develop, create and motivate whatever creative or professional projects emerge. Take a minute to go over the services offered on this site and come back for updates on workshops coming to the Qualicum area.