1] Blog Name
2] Genre/Blog Style
My Blog is a receptacle of all my short stories, poems and other miscellany. I have been writing ‘stuff’ for years but it was only this year I started a creative writing course, and this inspired me to share my writings with others and seek feedback.
3] Blog Age
I started my Blog on the 7th of March 2018, so I have only been at it for 2 and a half months.
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
I have been telling stories for years. I remember for my 5th birthday my Uncle bought me a tape recorder and I used to record myself telling stories. My mum used to find it very funny. I remember one story ended “And the naughty old king was dead!”
When I got older I started drawing maps of imaginary countries then writing stories about them.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
I can’t help writing. What always takes me by surprise is when I look back at the stuff I am writing, it actually makes sense!
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
Since starting my creative writing course I have written something every day. I don’t know where it all comes from.
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
I do have a few unpublished works stored on my computer, and everything I publish on WordPress is linked to my facebook page too.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
I find the best thing to do is to take a break and do something else, like gardening for a day or two. Then I often get inspiration in a dream and then I am back to writing again. I think if you just sit there staring at the screen or a blank page, it will just drive you mad. You’ve got to go and do something else.
8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]
I love stories, so writing prose is my favourite, but I do like writing poetry now and then when the urge grabs me. I do take photographs too, but that is just seasoning in the stew, with Short stories as the meat and poems the veg.
9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?
I seem to get inspiration from all around me. Obviously, on my creative writing course, they set homework pieces, “Write a dialogue piece” or more recently, “Write in the style of your favourite author” which is why I wrote a tribute to Agatha Christie. I also try to do the word prompt that is posted on WordPress daily. I have also been set challenges by friends. My friend Michelle asked me to write a Cat story, which I did. Then one of our fellow bloggers, Bitchin’ in the Kitchen, asked me to write a Witchy story, which I am currently doing.
I just sit down with an idea buzzing around in my head and start typing and hope for the best. Usually it turns out OK.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
I can’t have any distractions from people or loud music at all. Sometimes I will put some music on low. I find classical music helps me think whereas any other type of music just makes me want to dance or sing a long, so not constructive really.
11] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
What I do isn’t a carefully considered, planned process. I really just get into the zone and let the creative juices flow. I often find the story takes me off in a direction I hadn’t intended. I hope my finished stories don’t come across as completely unplanned, but they are. I only ever really have a rough concept. I think that is really my nature. I am quite spontaneous. I think creativity can be stifled by too much planning. At least my creativity is.
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
No, I don’t like to weave too much of myself into the stories. I wrote a poem about one of my Uncles, who I felt was more like a grandfather figure to me. He died about ten years ago. I cried my eyes out writing that poem. I have written some very dark stories about murderers, suicide and psychopathy but none of those affected me emotionally as writing about my Uncle. I prefer to stick to complete fiction and not base things too much on things that have happened to me or people I know.
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 Drink a lot of strong tea. Tea is my mind opening drug of choice.
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete
I find it takes me about an hour to write a short story of between 600 and 1000 words. Then I usually quickly edit and post before I change my mind.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
Because I write in an instinctive way as opposed to planning everything in detail, when I finish what I have written, it often doesn’t feel like I have written it at all. It is almost as fresh to me as it would be if I was reading someone else’s work. This means that I enjoy reading them. I am just pleased to be able to write something that makes sense. I am always over the moon when I get some positive feedback. I hope I never lose that. It means so much to me that something I have written appeals to someone else too. I also appreciate constructive criticism about what doesn’t work for people. I need that feedback to grow and continue to improve.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
The most important thing is just to put fingers to the keys, or pen to the page and write. Every day.
Always write like no one else will ever read it.
Then when you write something you like, post it somewhere to share it with others. Don’t think too long about It because then your brain will start thinking of all the reasons why you shouldn’t do it. Ignore those warning signals, they will hold you back. Just write and post.
My thanks to Kristian for taking the time to participate in the Truly Inspired series and sharing his thoughts on how he approaches his blog with his instinctive gut feeling style.
Kristian is a ‘story teller’ who loves to create and initiate from a host of different subjects and genres and of course this can make for highly entertaining reading, and it does, it works, l know, l read his writings as often as l can and enjoy them.
So, if you are not familiar with Tales from the Mind of Kristian, don’t you owe it you yourself to pop along and have a looksee, you won’t be disappointed, l’ m not. My sincere thanks to Kristian for taking the time out to contribute to the series.
Don’t forget to stop by and say hello … he doesn’t bite, well not on your first reading!
WordPress is filled to brim with highly talented and entertaining writers and bloggers and every single one of them, which also includes you too, yes you, the one reading right now, has something to say. What made you start writing, what inspired you to decide to start blogging about your story? Tell me about it, l would love to know.
Tales from the Mind of Kristian is our 32nd Interview … are you going to be number 33? Am l going to have to drop in to your blog and invite you over …. ?
Please drop me an email at ….
…. and l will gladly write you up and share who you are.
It is simple – email me at the above Addy or drop me a line in my contact box and l will email you the questionnaire. Fill it in, send it back , and include images that you feel may support what you write, or about your blog, and l will write it up as a post and insert it into this series here.
Come on, what’s holding you back?
No seriously what?