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I thought I’d do this post a day later than planned too, just to keep a little gap between posts 🙂

As writers, we know the importance of getting the timing right – the perfect moment for a reveal, or the point in a poem where we change or enhance the rhythm.

So when I saw this picture, I thought I’d be writing about picking that moment in work, and how I make decisions.

Timing

 

But you know what?  That isn’t what this picture makes me want to write about at all.

Instead, to me it’s a reminder that each moment is fleeting, that every crash of a wave on the sand is unique, never to be repeated.

It’s a reminder that we need to experience life if we want to record it with any authenticity.

So take a moment, or two.  Don’t think about the technicalities of writing, the form or style you want to create in your work.  Just look at the picture, and think about something you’d love to do.  It might be a hobby you’ve always fancied, or learning a new skill.  It might be getting a makeover or booking a holiday.  Whatever it is, try to seize the moment and make it a reality.

It’s amazing how a change of scenery, or meeting a new group of people, can open you eyes as a writer.  It’s pretty good for opening your eyes as a person, too.

Happy writing,

EJ

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After yesterday’s internet failure this blog is a little behind and I’ve forgotten some of the things I was going to discuss, so I’ll work my way backwards and hopefully cover most of it…

Yesterday I spent much of the day in London, celebrating a birthday (not mine!).  There is a definite vibe to the city that engages my senses – the juxtaposition of crowded streets and tree-lined parks, of overwhelming traffic and tame squirrels, that really reminds me how important it is to look beyond the surface of a place for the underlying stories.  I see and hear people from all over the world who are experiencing the same sights and sounds as me, but in an entirely personal and unique way.  I always knew this was the case but only since I’ve been writing have I thought about it so clearly.

I’ve also been working on the poetry for the wedding.  I have to write it all up and spend the next few weeks fixing it all because it’s very rough and ready at the moment – but I hope it’ll be a bit of fun for people at the event as they go round from table to table and see all the different verses set out!

The notebook has been a great help with this, not just because I have it with me all the time so I can quickly grab it and write down my thoughts, but also because it engenders a sense of routine about writing which I need when I have so little time to do it!  Plus if I see or hear anything that I think will spur a few ideas along the way I can refer back to it whenever I like – as long as I write it down!

And finally – We’re up to book 52 on the list – Lolly Willowes, by Sylvia Townsend Warner.  It’s a new one to me but sounds like a book I’d enjoy reading so  I may see if I can find it somewhere!

A short one this week, but I have been, and continue to be, so busy I can hardly think straight; this is the only way to keep any semblance of focus to the post!

Happy writing,

EJ

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Most people have a time when they are more mentally aware, more awake, more in tune with the world. We’re night owls or early birds, and I am most definitely more comfortable as a night owl!

Night is when you can really see how we fit into the cosmos, and I wonder if my love of all things space comes from my many late nights looking out the windows and seeing the stars come to life.

This is a picture my partner took of the moon at the weekend, as I promised I’d post.  It’s a reminder to me that whatever else is going on, I still have a universe to explore, dreams to dream – and fulfil, an eternity of possibilities to write about.

Moonrise

 

I look at this picture and I know that inspiration will always be with me.

Not a bad thing to remember, hey?

Happy writing,

EJ

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I’ve been talking about going with the flow a lot recently, and it’s one way I have of coping with the limited time I have to spend on everything right now: just let everything float by, and catch what I can of it.

I guess that’s like writing anyway – sometimes it’s great, sometimes it’s slow, sometimes the tide beats you back.  Sometimes you have to just take it as it comes.

 

 

The flow

 

The joy of writing is that every day you can add to your store of ideas and possibilities; you can create new worlds within your imagination.

So going with the flow might be a good technique, at least for a little while – I’m updating my metal stockpile of ideas and inspiration. In fact, if I think about it like that, my lack of work is actually work!

Allow yourself time to rebuild your imagination sometimes; trust that the tide will take you where you need to go – whether you know it or not.

Happy writing,

EJ

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….tell me more, tell me more (and here ends my tribute to Grease!).

Summer nights

I love going out on summer nights, when the days are as long as they get, night creeps over slowly and you have enough warmth left at the end of the day to spend the evening outside.

I was particularly glad of the good weather this week when I went to a late night open air screening of Mamma Mia with friends – it’s not quite Greece but it did feel pretty lovely.

We take a lot of things for granted, and we don’t appreciate things as much as we should sometimes, so this week I’m just revelling in spending quality time with people I love, and enjoying the moment. Time passes so fast and we’ll never have it back if we waste it, so it’s really good to make the most of each moment.

Enjoy those summer nights when they come, and make each one a night to treasure.

Happy writing,
EJ
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I’m not sure if I’ve used this picture before but if I have it’s long enough ago for everyone to have forgotten, I hope!

Passion

 

For those of you who don’t recognise this, it’s a passion flower.

This particular plant is a tenacious little thing. I had it in a pot, it got ripped out by small children and left like a handful of twigs on the edge of my garden – and from that scrubby bit of half-dead birds-nest material a bushy climber began colonising a corner of my house.

I have had to cut it back many times but it returns, year after year, to take back its place.  Even when I’ve cut it back, the coils of its tendrils still hang on to wires and other plants.  Its glossy leaves and inside-out flowers are beautiful and I wish I could let it grow as vast and luxurious as it would like.

That plant behaves exactly like I should behave.  It never gave up, it strove for a place in the world.  It absorbed whatever material it could to make a difference and improve its lot.  It held on even when it seemed hopeless.  And it bloomed: no matter how many obstacles were put in its way it found a way to succeed.

I need to be a force of nature.  I need to write with determination, to fight for my place in the writing world, and hold on to whatever gives me strength so I can build on that position.

I need passion for writing – and I have it.  If you want to make writing a key part of your life, you need to have it too.

Happy writing,

EJ

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I’ve said that I love space enough times that to share another photo of something cosmic won’t be too much of a surprise!

 

hs-2014-18-a-webThis picture is from the Hubblesite website (always worth a visit) and shows an area of space where stars are being born. What is now a gassy, dusty nebula will one day be gone, the materials used to form those stars – and possibly companion planets.  In this mass, perhaps there’s a new Earth waiting to be shaped.

For me, this image is all about scope – the vast possibilities, the innumerable ideas, the expanse of our imaginations.

I remember being told that  there’s really only a handful of stories ever told, but what writers do is find new ways to tell them.  I’m not sure if  I agree there’s only a handful but I certainly think we as writers should find new ways of exploring life, humanity, the nature of existence.

That doesn’t have to be a heavy burden though.  In the picture you can see the darkness and the light, and it’s the same in writing. You can write about horror, or you can write about hope.  You can write about love, or hate.

Most writers fall somewhere on the spectrum, because most of life is somewhere on the spectrum.  But even with this you can vary the surroundings; for example you can create an alternative world, or move back or forward in time.

That’s the joy and fun of writing, for me – however many stories there may be, we’ll never run out of ways to tell them.

Happy writing,

EJ

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