Olivia Petris

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A very short, British girl trying to wriggle herself into the writing world.

Hello Medium Reader! My name’s Olivia (or Liv for short, if we’re being friendly), and I’m a part time writer, part time Computer Scientist. This my first plunge into the online writing world and — in true Olivia fashion — I’m both terrified and elated.

My Story

I grew up in a…


What can ancient work teach modern writers?

Four thousand years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, a high priestess of Sumer sat down to write the first piece of authored work in history. Enheduanna’s poetry was the first spark in a writing revolution that developed writing into the art form we know today, pulling it away from its practical…


What is ‘Fuck-it ‘ writing, and how it will keep you sane?

This week, I’ve read so many articles about “How to Make it on Medium” that I’ve teetered on the edge of insanity. If I see one more headline that reads “Make x amount of dollars writing this month!” …


Jobs are a crucial part of everybody’s lives: they’re responsible for people’s wealth, happiness, and health. But, less than 50% of US citizens actually enjoy their job — meaning the rest of the population find their jobs mediocre at best, according to a study reported by Forbes.

What does this…


Are all writers doomed to suffer?

“I write best when I am either falling in love, or falling apart.” — Rudy Francisco

The first time I found myself inspired to write, I was about thirteen and staring at a picture of Oscar Wilde in English class. It was a faded photo of him reclined in a…


What can your dog teach you about positivity?

As I sit here at my desk today, ready to grind out another two thousand words of material, a small, black, fluffy Cockapoo is snoring on the bed behind me. It’s a proper snore, not a quiet one — he’s lying in the sunlight, on his back, with his neck…


Why writers should stop mistaking high statistics for happiness.

After listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s viral TED Talk yesterday, I realised two things about myself. Firstly, I want nothing more than for my writing to be successful. Secondly, I fear nothing more than my writing becoming successful.

It sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? But look beyond the dream of ‘going viral’…


When self-improvement turns into a superiority complex

In this age of revolution, there are political landmines hidden in every conversation you have. You have to be careful with where you step — or rather, with what you say. …


The key to getting regular engagement from followers who care about what you write.

Creativity comes with responsibility — especially when it comes to writing. There’s an expectation that readers who come across your work should finish it knowing more than they did before, and that they should feel fulfilled by your writing. As a writer, this is a hard expectation to fulfil consistently…


An exploration into sexism and the beginning of eating disorders.

The first time I remember noticing my weight was when I was four. It was the first day of school, and me being me, I was eager to make new friends: I’d been playing with another new boy in my class. …

Olivia Petris

Novelist, computer scientist and cockapoo owner. When I'm not on the computer, you will find me in the back of a bookshop that nobody's heard of.

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