1] Blog Name
Mixed subjects, diversity in poetry, rhyme, quote, post and series.
3] Blog Age
September 2017 – 4 months
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
My Mother taught me to read at around two and a half years of age, and l started to first write a year later. By eight l was writing short stories for school, by ten to eleven l was in a writing club at school, but by twelve l was starting to submit short stories of horror to pulp magazines around in the 70’s. By my mid teens l was a regular contributor and editor to my school magazine, and used to write letters into my local paper.
My first real break came through in my mid twenties when l started to submit monthly to an ‘erotic magazine’ short stories of ‘wildness’ l think we shall leave it at that.
Overall, l have been writing for a good many years in one format or another and covered many subjects from already mentioned to political husbandry, conservation, gaming, fashion, merchandising, animals, dogs and the list is endless.
My motivation simply came from the fact that l fell in love with the written language and words, and l loved to experiment with different topics and styles.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
To a certain degree yes it does, l like many have had my stumbling blocks, but l can draw and have a passion for photography. But because l can write on a wide range of subjects, and as such my diversity is broad l am able to step into another shoe if one is not fitting properly. Sometimes l can take a photograph like the one above and simply create something from that.
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
I try and produce a minimum of 3000 words a day across all formats, so my philosophy is to keep writing so as to not allow my brain to stagnate. As an example, sitting in the toilet and l have no reading material l will grab anything and make up words from the letters [Say Deodorant] – just to keep words flowing. I read on average 45 books a year across many topics and on some years this can exceed to 75 so my mind is always filled with ideas.
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
I used to write under various pen names for my business in mostly forums, and industrial publications, and have been on occasion guest writer to a couple of blogs from gaming to reptiles and primates. I initially submitted half-heartedly my poetry to Scrbd but lost interest, now most of my writing’s are found only in WP
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
Not often thankfully, but that is NOT saying it doesn’t happen – as to combating it, l start gaming to blank out, or if l have to get something done, l will listen to really loud music. My biggest problem is at times finding the right image to sit with some of the poetry. If l haven’t got it, this process alone can take 2 hours!
8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]
Writing, rhyme, and photography.
9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?
Mostly l go with the flow on the day, unless l have a burning obligation mentally to complete a specific title or subject matter. I don’t work to a daily rota of what l shall write.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
To actually think l have to have loud rave or house music playing, but to write it has to be deathly quiet.
11] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
Luckily for me l have a pretty good if not on occasion wild imagination, but l have no shortage of working content to play with usually. When writing a post to sit with some of The Tee Shirt Blogger, l usually have a design to work with that needs displaying with different content. I pull from all sources and life experiences.
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
In Guy Called Bloke – yes it is my story describing my journey.
13] Are there any specific things which enable your creative juices to flow more steadily? [overtired/insomnia/mental health/eating/drinking/smoking/surrounded by colour/abstract thoughts and thinking]
I suffer terribly with insomnia and have done for nearly 40 years, sometimes this is the greatest component for allowing me to delve deep into the recess of the dark vaults of my mind. Colour does help enormously also, l see things in colour that some people don’t – l see words with colour and l see numbers with music which make up words. On occasion when younger l would smoke a joint and this would allow me to travel to some really surreal places to create the instinct to write. Writing is reflective on a whole range of environmental and organic thoughts.
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
Sometimes some pieces can literally take minutes, but other times a wordy post l would expect 2-3 hours minimum.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
If l am not pleased, l don’t publish, but l have an annoying quirk, sometimes l might finish a piece but there might be twenty edits to it. as to how l feel when someone says something or comments – really humbled sometimes, but always grateful. I never think my stuff is really that good, so for someone to say ‘HEY! awesome!!” Is embarrassing but l do smile – it’s a great feeling to know someone is not just reading it and absorbing, but feels the desire to answer – it means that l have reached out to a reader and they have held the hand of the writer. Cool feeling.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
Do what you do because it is not just a question of loving it, but because you cannot think of a day without doing the thing you love – but above all – do everything for you alone, if someone else loves or likes it, then consider that a huge compliment!. Today we live in a world where we are entombed in so many platforms to exercise our ability to display our imaginative creativity to the beholder – find the media that works best for you and chase it!
Guy or Bloke, Your Choice