Through the Newsprint Fray

Blogging/Writing Tips, Inspiration

One band I love for their continuous ability to make me love their music is REM. Recently I have been listening to Daysleeper; which by the way, has a wonderfully creative music video you can see >here<. This song has always resonated with me for its deep relatability. Although I am not technically a ‘day-sleeper’, sometimes I do feel the day is just a moment between the nights I get to create. If not quite a day-sleeper, I am most certainly a day dreamer!

 

In particular, this line tends to stick with me: I see today with a newsprint fray.

 

And the more I think about it, the more I realise this would be a great opening to a post about writing.

No matter what is reported, it seems journalists are always breaching some sort of “reader’s morale” – whether it’s badgering, picking the wrong stories, not having the facts (or any facts!). But perhaps, we can take a leaf from their books after all:

 

As a day-sleeper, the narrative of seeing today with a newsprint fray suggests the narrator only knows what he reads. That, in my opinion, would be a rather successful approach to take with fictional descriptions. Although you may know endless details about the world you have created, your reader does not, and your aim as a writer is to make them believe what they cannot see: Just as a newspaper article would do for a day-sleeper.

 

Of course, I am not suggesting anyone completely runs away with the idea and describes every little detail of everything the reader could see. It takes practice to adjust a good balance between stopping to take in the view and making it to the top of the mountain before dark. As I am reading back through my fictional writing, I am realising there is too much the reader won’t see and ultimately be confused by. But as long as I go in with fresh eyes (not assuming the reader knows everything I do), it becomes easier to work out.

 

Writers, you won’t want to hear this, but letting someone else read your work before publishing will also help to identify those last few kinks. I’ll stop prodding your repressed angst there…

 

If you need a little break from the heavy writing, may I suggest a little more REM? They truly are and excellent band.

 

Hope I’ve helped you to some degree my friends. Now get back to the project you’re procrastinating from!

Happy writing,

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Spring Thoughts

Diary, Inspiration, Philosophy

As the temperature is rising and the Summer is approaching, I thought it would be nice just to reflect on the Spring we have had. Tomorrow I will be heading to Brighton which I feel marks the beginning of my Summer adventures – of course this will be featured in my May chapter (stay tuned!). For now, here is some *artsy* photos I took this month containing quotes to sum up my Spring:

I will also just drop this here for your viewing pleasure – and a little bit more insight!

Until the last day of May, take care everyone

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Mental Health Awareness

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Philosophy

As you will probably know by now, this week was mental health awareness week. I’m sure there has been many posts uploaded on this topic this week, let alone by all the people campaigning all year for better mental health. Light Writes began as a way for me to share my fictional writing with you all. I’m not too sure if anyone will have noticed the theme of mental health that runs through these pieces, as well as my consistency to have some sort of philosophical meaning to each post I create. (But if they have helped you in any way, I’m glad!)

In the Warm Dark of Night

Inspiration, Poems, Storybook

At the end of this blog post is a link to an open creativity blogging challenge – any support is appreciated!

It’s been a while since I uploaded something creative from myself. The following is a small poem I thought of perhaps a couple of weeks ago now, when I was struggling to sleep. I realised I was just trying to make time go slower before I had to work in the morning and was filled with stress. However, you should never sacrifice sleep (I’m so sorry my beautiful bed)! It’s definitely one of the most peaceful things to do. 

Life is like a cup of coffee

Blogging/Writing Tips, Diary, Inspiration, Philosophy

For the first time in a while I have sat at my blog just to write about something I love. No planning necessary and no pressure to be witty or wise. If you consider me either of these things anyway! Tonight all I wanted was a coffee. It’s not been a bad day or anything like that – I just wanted it real bad.

Tonight I decided to leave my laptop closed and take a creative break. I hoped it would be a sort of ‘recharge’. Unfortunately I didn’t plan, write or schedule a blog post first! Instead, I will leave you all with a quote to match my evening:

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer 

William S. Burroughs

Have a good night guys 💫💕

A recharge of creativity

Diary, Inspiration, Philosophy

Dreamer Interior

Diary, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Most people would probably describe me as a dreamer. But what I think distinguishes myself from other dreamers, is that what I dream I do. As you may know, I would love to be an author and rather than just confining those dreams to my head, I am also using my hands to write. Take this blog for example! Another dream I look forward to is owning my own house and having all the control over decorating. Of course this is a little further in the future and the most I am doing now is to count my pennies. Nevertheless I cannot refuse a trip to any furniture or décor shop and often drive myself a little crazy with my love for… well… everything! At the beginning of April I took my camera and mooched around Dunelms for a couple hours. Honestly all the pictures I took are too pretty to not share, so here they are!

Blog Lovin’ I Love You

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Reviews

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

As well as writing a blog, I also love to read blogs and finally (although most likely very behind) I have discovered a platform that makes it easy to do so. Blog Lovin’. It allows me to follow blogs that don’t use WordPress  – I simply get a notification from the app every time a blog I follow has uploaded. AMAZING. The app also recommends blogs it thinks you may enjoy reading, leaving lots of opportunities to find new reads. Of course, I love it so much I also wanted to create an account for Light Writes…

Hope to see you there!

My Friend Karma

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Philosophy

My “battle” with philosophy and trying to be a better person often led me to having a misconception, I think many people will also share.

Karma. Ask anyone what this means and they will say something along the following:

Do good and good things will happen. Do bad and bad things will happen.

Or, to summarise with a more westernised saying, You get what you give.

But it’s not that simple. Karma is not a trophy, a prize or a shortcut to enlightenment. Karma, is merely a friendly reminder – a force to work in harmony with. Because the mistake, I believe most people make, is treating karma as a target to be achieved. Naturally the frustration of tight control over our actions leads us to think we are doing well, yet we see no result. We are left wondering, if I am trying so hard, where is the result I am pursuing? What more could I do?

In the nurturing of certain characteristics that are synonymous with positivity, we miss the corresponding growing characteristics of negativity. These are the greed and selfishness of chasing karma, and she does not take kindly to it. That is why you see no good come from your actions.

While writing I have been reminded of another saying I am quite fond of:

An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.

Perhaps this perfectly sums why many people don’t receive the karma they expect. What I have learned is karma does not want to be hunted. She wants to be used. She is a friend to harmonise with. Think of your friends. True friends have nothing to gain from your relationship. You don’t pick them for money, or religion, or power. Both people work together to bring more love to the world.

Therefore my advice to those, who don’t feel karma trying to befriend them: Walk forth with good karma in your heart and she will be there. Remember, all the world is balanced. Good, as much as bad, resides naturally within you. Have faith that you understand it.