Inspiration, Writing

10 Books

I like taking writing inspiration from prompts. This challenge is to write a list addressing what I like or what I’ve learned.  I think this list, of books which have stayed with me over many years, covers both. ‘Jane Eyre’, Charlotte Bronte This book was one of the first adult novels I read as a […]

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Inspiration, Writing

Why I Write

A writing prompt – “I write because…” “I write because…” seems a daunting way to begin a blog post.  It’s too definitive and I’ve always been more reflective – skipping between thoughts or compulsions.  Trying to pin down something specific often makes it disappear, so I tend to sneak up on the idea I want to capture.  Confronting it head-on […]

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Inspiration, Photography, Writing

The Shifting Shadow

A shadow is misshapen reality. Elongated or shortened by the angle of the sun, familiar objects appear distorted, muted, hidden. As the sun shifts, so does the shadow, and we see the world anew. Perhaps the colours are brighter than we remember or, lit from a different angle, we see the cracks that had escaped our attention. […]

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Reflections

Conceptualising the Self – Part 2, A Selfie without “Me”

Faced with the task of submitting three photographs representing myself for a unit of study, I began with photographs of my face.  However, we are being encouraged to explore ways of representing the self without showing our faces, or by showing parts of our face or body. Much of my creative inspiration comes from nature […]

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Journaling, Writing

Pen and Paper: The Sensuality of Journaling

Moving house in 2012, I realised just how many journals I had collected over the years. Many of them have only a few handwritten pages – the rest being blank. Very few are almost full. I don’t think I can boast a single completed journal. Yet each time I enter a stationers, or a good […]

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Essay, Photography

Photography: Finding My Style

Over the last eighteen months, I’ve made a subtle shift from Writer to Writer and Photographer.   In my writing, I’ve always enjoyed rich imagery and metaphor.  Much of my poetry is sparked from images that intrigue me and in prose, I try to make moments ‘visible’ to the reader.

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Essay, Writing

On Creative Writing Courses

Every so often I happen across a discussion of creative writing courses, and whether or not they are useful. The crux of these discussions seems to be whether or not it is possible to teach a person the creative skills they need to be truly innovative and original, or if this is an innate talent […]

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