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Inspiration strikes again #AtoZChallenge – Peculiar ‘Pen fellows’ – Quirks only a writer can understand

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IInspiration strikes again

I talked about writer’s block a few days ago, and what happens when inspiration dries up. Today, we’re at the other end of the spectrum. The occasions when ideas come so thick and fast, if we succumb to the mania we’d have twelve different projects on the go!

Then there are the times when inspiration strikes at the most inopportune moments; the shower, the car, at work, in the middle of the night, whilst operating heavy machinery…basically anytime that you can’t grab a pad and pen or access a keyboard.

It’s not surprising that some people consider us an odd bunch, what with scribbling frantically on a post-it sized napkin, pacing with a smartphone as we babble a mile a minute, or even staring into space – lost in another world.

typing really fast!

Personally, I’m grateful for my Google Home app. I can even access it in the car using the hands free feature. A few choice keywords, like ‘Hey, Google, I’m having another episode!” and voila – voice notes is activated. This followed by a reassuring, if slightly mechanical reply, “Let it out, Mel. I’ve got you covered.” Okay, so I’m overplaying the apps capabilities, but it’s not that much of a stretch.

Thanks for stopping by

Mel

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Anne Frank

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

My quote this week doesn’t really need an introduction, or an explanation. There’s a reason writing is used in therapy, and why so many of us escape into worlds of our own creation. Anne Frank says it beautifully.

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Mel

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – William Shakespeare

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

My brother and I got to talking about trust this weekend. We always turn to the subject of my fictional team at some point during our catch up sessions, and this time I had a few questions on the subject of trust within the army. Trust is a precious thing; sometimes it is given freely, and other times it has to be earned, but in either case it is so easily broken. One of my characters is struggling with a trust issue and, as as it relates to a high risk situation, I wanted my bro’s take on it.

Of course, there are different levels of trust; complicated layers which depend on a multitude of circumstances. When it comes to professional trust, you don’t necessarily have to like a person to know they won’t let you down in a particular setting. I could write an essay on the subject, but this post is about the wise words of William Shakespeare. So let’s get to the quote.

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It’s a powerful message and one we could probably philosophise about for days! What do you think to the quote? Do you have any particular views on trust?

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

My quote today is by French philosopher, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and I think it speaks for itself. I actually found the quote in Dean Koontz’s latest novel, Watchers. I love Koontz’s work, and found Watchers both thrilling and terrifying in equal measure! Having said that, the underlying theme, the message I took away from the novel is one of love – in all its guises. The quote fit perfectly, as it encompasses the very heart of the story. It also reflects that which connects us all.

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Mel

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Jared Padalecki

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

I’ve been struggling over the last couple of weeks. I haven’t made a secret of it, and I don’t hide my depression, but there are times (even for a writer) when it is difficult to put into words. It alienates me from my family, because they try so hard to understand. I hide behind a smile, as many of us do, and luckily, I have access to so much light; my daughters, my family and friends, this wonderful blogging community. I’m not blind to the gifts in my life, and even when things are bad, I am grateful for them.

I don’t know where the depression comes from. There’s little point in questioning the origins when it is simply a part of who I am. One of the hardest questions I ever had to face, was ‘What do you have to be depressed about?’ Sure I had a good job, wonderful children, a nice home, supportive family and friends. Yet the darkness surfaced at every given opportunity. It hurt because it actually made me feel selfish, or ungrateful, like I would choose to feel this way.

So when I read Jared Padalecki’s words in an interview, they resonated with me. Someone understood, and even though I know I’m not alone, this reinforcement helped me during a difficult time. The work Jared does, using his recognition to reach others, is truly inspirational. For those who don’t know, Jared plays Sam Winchester in Supernatural. He recently set up a campaign to raise money for an organisation called To Write Love on Her Arms – a non-profit supporting people through depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.

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In the words of Jared Padalecki ‘Always Keep Fighting.’

Mel

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Hope Solo

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

This week I would like to share a quote from Hope Solo. This is taken from Hope’s about page (www.hopesolo.com):

A two-time Olympic medalist and winner of the 2011 FIFA World Cup Gold Glove award, Hope Solo is widely heralded as the best goalkeeper in the world.

One thing I’ve learned through all the ups and downs is that if you’re doing things right, then you have a core group of people. Not just a core group like your homies or your buddies, but a group of people that has a good influence on you, who you respect and admire, and you know that if they’re on your side,  you’re doing something right – Hope Solo

It’s true that I’m an introvert by nature. There are times I need personal space; for reflection, for peace and quiet, to relax – various reasons. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy connecting with people. In fact, I love to collaborate and find strength in the groups I belong to. We all have people we turn to; those who meet a particular need. I’m not going to bore you with theories or start quoting Maslow, I merely wanted to share with you how grateful I am for the writing and blogging community I belong to. This community is one of my core groups; filled with individuals I respect and admire. People I go to for support, to laugh with, and to share a part of myself others rarely see. I can debate, rant, or even gush (as I am want to do) about my various passions. Even when I am at my lowest point I am grateful for that, grateful for you. So, thank you – to all my online friends.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – M. Barker-Simpson

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Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers hare the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

I’ve been thinking about community a lot recently. Those thoughts came to the forefront yesterday when I remembered what happened on the 7 July 2005 which led to thoughts of 9/11 and the courageous acts around the world when disaster happens and we step in to help our neighbours. The fact is, in times of crisis we band together. We are one, supporting one another; loving one another, and offering the hand of friendship. There have been positive changes in the world recently, like the new Supreme Court ruling regarding same sex marriages. It fills me with hope that one day we can become the worldwide community we were meant to be; embracing our differences and our similarities. Accepting that each person on this earth is unique and should be valued – treasured even.rainbow flag Then there are our smaller communities, which also hold value. One of those communities, at least for me, is the writing community, and I feel so blessed to be part of such a supportive group. So my quote today, which is actually a poem, is dedicated to my friends within the community, to the friends I have yet to meet, and the larger community we all belong to.


Banded together

we share our hopes, dreams and fears

and we find great strength


Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – E.L. Doctorow

Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

This week my quote comes from E.L. Doctorow, an American author, known for his works of historical fiction.


Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as  your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. E. L. Doctorow.


This probably relates to pantsers more than plotters, and it’s certainly something I can relate to. It got me thinking about the journey, about the approaches we take and how we get there.

Jane Graves, a romance author, has talked about how this process works for her. She has a general idea of where the story will take her, but nothing comes to life until the words are on the page. She described it like this – ‘For me, it’s kind of like remembering the words to an old song. If you ask me the words, I can’t tell you. but if the song comes on the radio and I’m in the middle of listening to it, I can tell you what comes next.’

I experience a similar thing. It isn’t until I’m midway through a novel that I begin to realise what’s going to happen – that I can see further down the road.

Similarly, Nora Roberts has said that she never knows where her story is going – she sits down at her computer to find out!

On the flip side, Katherine Anne Porter said ‘If I didn’t know the ending to a story, I wouldn’t begin. I always write my last line, my last paragraph, my last page first.’

I understand this process, and some of my friends work this way. But for me, I like to be surprised – I like to meet new characters and give them the drivers seat for a while.

How about you? Do you have the entire route mapped out? Do you enjoy to take a few detours to see where the road will lead? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by.

Mel

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Neil Gaiman

Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

My quote today is by Neil Gaiman:

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can – Neil Gaiman

I’m struggling this week, and where the words would normally pour onto the page (especially based on such an inspiring quote), those words are stuck inside. So I’ll have to rely on you, my fine readers. What does the quote say to you? Do you have a favourite Gaiman quote? I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Mel

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Joss Whedon

Writer’s Quote Wednesday is organised by Colleen from Silver Threading, and is a wonderful weekly series in which bloggers share the quotes which inspire them. I highly recommend checking them out.

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I like this quote, and to a certain extent, I write for many of the same reasons. It certainly gives me strength, and a sense of freedom; a way to understand and interpret the world around me.

I was a confident, happy child. I remember being happy, and I have photographic evidence – I always had a big, beaming smile on my face. I’m not going to lie to you, I loved being the centre of attention; loved meeting people, talking to people, entertaining people. I loved the world around me in general. Then as a teenager I was abducted by aliens and during the experimentation process I lost that side of my nature. Well, it was either aliens, or puberty – one or the other. I became an introvert overnight and withdrew into myself. It’s hard for me to remember what it was like to hear the characters in my head when I was a child, because I know that I did. I wrote poems, stories, plays, anything I could, to feed my creative side. But I didn’t shut out the world. That came later. I didn’t lose everything. I’m still quick to smile, still quick to trust and I love entertaining people, only now it’s through my words.

I find it interesting that, as an interpreter, I’m often front and centre; in a classroom, on a stage, in a meeting, and I’m extremely confident in my skills. It doesn’t phase me, but then the reason is pretty simple. It’s a role I step into. Writing on the other hand, feels like the real me. So while I can appreciate what Josh means when he talks about creating characters, those roles he gets to play if only in fiction, for me it’s also about showing who I truly am.

What about you? Why do you write? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

Mel

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