The Beautiful Everyday

Poems

Including another writing opportunity for you, and my entry…

Recently I took to the sunny fields with my camera and filmed the performance of a poem I’ve had tucked away in my heart. I’m rather proud and happy of this one, so I’m excited to share it tonight!

The Beautiful Everyday was inspired by my brother. He is struggling to decide what to do with his summer, to which I despair “I wish I had the endless time back!”. And so this poem was born… Of course if I had more time I would be blogging and creating so much more – but I’m happy for this little space that makes every one of my days beautiful.

Enough gushing now. Here’s the video:

 

 

This post is also to make you aware of the Summer Playlist Project the lovely Lee at Golden Pink Journal is hosting. You can read all about it >here<. It’s an opportunity to share your summer themed posts with me and everyone reading now – TAKE IT. I can’t wait to see everyone’s entries!

Until then, have a relaxed evening everyone.

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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!

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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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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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The WORD on Brighton Dining

Diary, Lifestyle, Reviews

As mentioned in my last post, when I was in Brighton I ate a LOT of food at some really great places! It’s no secret that I lurve food, and even though this isn’t my usual genre of posting – my blog is all about my personal style (of life I guess!). If you were desperate to learn something from this post about writing; it would be to remain adventurous. Try new things! But, for those of you who just popped by to see some pictures of amazing food, please continue reading:

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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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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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. 

Closing April’s chapter

Diary, Lifestyle

I think April was a bit of an odd month for my blog. Nothing really seems to have tied down recently and it has left me wondering what kind of blogger am I anyway?! A lot has definitely changed since I started – aside from the fact I still don’t really know what I’m doing… and I think this month has really made me realise just how many blogs are out there.

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.

The Writer Personality

Blogging/Writing Tips, Diary, Reviews

*This article will contain spoilers from episode 8 of 13 Reasons Why

At the beginning of every month I sit down, take out my diary and plan my blog posts for the month. Any piece of inspiration that I’ve gathered gets organised. But sometimes, in between the lines, little thoughts pop up that can’t be ignored. As a writer I feel the need to document and as a blogger it’s nice to share myself personally. Therefore, sometimes I find myself throwing out the schedule and writing freelance – as I am now.