1] Blog Name
3] Blog Age
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
I’ve had journals over the years in which I’ve written about certain times in my life. My most detailed and consistent prior to my blog was my pregnancy journal in which I wrote daily.
I was 46 when I started writing for Family Furore however. My primary motivation was to use it as an outlet to help me deal with life. Secondly, I wanted to record our struggles and successes and share our embattled lives living with mental illness, with anyone who was interested in reading about it. I hoped that it may give even one person some comfort in knowing they’re not alone. I also wanted to share some tools that have worked for us along the way.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
For the most part writing came freely and easily. I had so much to write about and I found it to be such a therapeutic outlet. Lately though I’m finding it quite difficult to put together much at all – when I do it’s taking me forever! I think it’s a combination of things: – I have another outlet volunteering, supporting parents on a public forum; I’m busy with studies; and I don’t get the solitude I need to write unless I’m up until the early hours of the morning, which isn’t practical.
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
That can really vary as it wavers with my creativity I think. Some months I’ve only written one article for my blog, and that number goes up to seven. I certainly couldn’t say I’m consistent or routine in my blogging!
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
In addition to WordPress, I share my articles to my Google profile, Facebook page and Twitter account.
I’ve also written articles for:
• Mamamia about ReachOut.com Australia’s parent coaching,
• Mindfump, reviewing my brain, and
• Consumer Health Digest about my physical illnesses.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
Yes, I’m suffering from it now! I’ve had an article on the go for a couple of weeks and have only written 2 paragraphs!! To be honest I’m not sure how to overcome it. I’ll be interested to read how others overcome their creative blocks. Hopefully I’ll learn some techniques.
8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]
I used to love writing poetry and song lyrics when I was younger, but these days I only write articles for my blog.
9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?
Usually I decide to write about a current situation that I’m feeling strongly about and either want to share or just get off my chest. Some though are written because of a conversation that I’ve had that’s sparked an interest that topic. I’m quite an emotional person and I need to be moved by something to be able to write about it.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
I need uninterrupted quiet and solitude. I get into a zone and if that’s disrupted I can lose my story.
11] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
Life experiences, lessons and observations really give me the content I put to paper. They are a variation of the good, the bad and the ugly, which pretty much covers life!
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
My blog is very much driven by the journeys of both myself and my daughter.
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 think just being relaxed and having peace and quiet are the best things for my writing. There’s nothing more specific (that I’ve realised) as yet.
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
On a good day it could take me an hour, finding the artwork and all. On a bad day I can sit for hours and write two words.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
I’m usually happy with what I’ve published. It’s really reassuring to receive positive feedback and supportive comments. It does make me feel like I’ve achieved something worthwhile I will admit.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
I think the most important thing is to be yourself and write from the heart. Keep your work authentic and don’t lose focus of why you started writing or creating.
My special thanks to Family Furore for sharing her insights into what truly inspires her to create today.