Great Get Together Goes Global #MoreInCommon

Guest and Reblogs!

Just popping in to share this post, as it follows so nicely from ‘The Forgiving Woman’. This is a very thoughtful way of bringing the blogging community together, and it’s such a beautiful piece of writing – how could I resist? I’m sure Rowena would appreciate you leaving your comments on her blog and sharing this with your own communities too. Enjoy everyone ❤

PS. I left my answers in the comments on Rowena’s blog if you’d like to see mine!

beyondtheflow

Lately, I’ve been feeling quite overwhelmed by the latest terror attacks in the UK, which as we all know too well, are simply the latest chapters in a much longer story. Despite believing in the power of the pen to overcome the sword and in the power of the individual to change the world, or at least influence the world around them, I am starting to doubt. These attacks are so random and unpredictable and the victims ordinary people…it’s all becoming quite impossible to fathom.

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For those of you who have been following my blog for some time, you’ll know that I’ve been part of a global blogging group 1000 Voices for Compassion, which started up after the attacks on Paris. However, I’d already been speaking out against terrorism  following the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in the Ukraine and the Lindt Cafe Siege in Sydney. Journalists covering…

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Finding your writing voice

Blogging/Writing Tips

It’s been a while since I offered everyone some writing advice; but I think if you have been following for some time you will have realised my creativity is CRAZY. Even though I vow to play on every thought that comes to me – they’re like bullet trains. If I don’t catch them in a heartbeat they will have been replaced. Really, it’s a very tiring process.

Today, I thought I would *try to* provide some inspiration into creating your own unique style of writing.

Writing – and especially blogging – is a very personal experience. Regardless of this, a lot of people appreciate the fine art which forces us to write in a particular form. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because reading becomes much easier when it’s uniform – everyone is *reading from the same page*. BUT it can make us monotonous. Therefore, writing is about finding balance: using everything you know about English, and forgetting everything you know about English (or whichever language!).

 

My three tips to write uniquely?

  • Write how you would speak – if your writing doesn’t sound right when said out loud, it won’t sound right at all!
  • Leave editing until the end – if you edit as you go along, you’ll lose the structure and coherency of what you’re trying to say. Instead of a flowing piece of speech, the writing becomes a list of facts.
  • Don’t be afraid to make your writing appeal to more than just the listening sense – when I write on my blog, I like to use random edits such as making words bold, underlined and italic and more. Even though this helps emphasise the first point, I also think it’s visually appealing (to me anyway!). Especially with blogging, you can also use your design to play on other senses, if you write in a specific genre.

I hope you found these quick bullets useful. What other advice would you give to someone looking to find their own writing voice? Add your say (or link your post if you have written about a similar topic) in the comments.

 Until next time,

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Outfit of the days

Diary, Lifestyle

At the beginning of this year I decided I wouldn’t be buying any more clothes – but turns out that wasn’t really working for me! About three months ago I had what I’m calling my ‘clothes crisis’. Although I had a very large wardrobe, my clothes just weren’t giving me any satisfaction. I felt that I looked childish, unprofessional and in some cases a bit messy. For a while I’ve been reading a blog called A Small Wardrobe, which is all about minimising your lifestyle. Whereas I don’t think my wardrobe would completely count as minimalist, I have managed to cut down a lot of my clothes and decided to just keep pieces I really love and wear all the time. (I have a bad habit of getting attached to clothes and just wearing the same few things!)

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.

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!

A Long Aprils Day

Diary, Lifestyle

I have very mistakenly expected the weather to be a bit warmer after last weekend brought glorious sunshine to the UK. Nevertheless I am preparing to showcase my Spring/summer outfits and am very excited about it too. I’ve been feeling very creative – Just looking for the perfect moment to create something worth sharing! Today has been one of those days that makes you really believe blogging is a perfectly suitable lifestyle.

Lyrics to Live By

Lifestyle

Isn’t music just one of those wonderful things, you daren’t think what you’d do without it? I think it’s fair to say music has helped everyone through some part of their life – there’s no exception for me. As I have been rather sleepless recently, I have been reacquainted with a lot of songs I used to listen to regularly and some new ones too. My favourites are always the ones were I can relate to or find some meaning in the lyrics. So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite lines and the artist / songs they are taken from: