1] Blog Name
2] Genre/Blog Style
Primarily, all things regarding mental health awareness & creative writing [which was always my first love].
3] Blog Age
September 2, 2016
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
At age 9, I received my first diary for Christmas and that was all it took. From there, I dreamed of becoming a writer. However, it wasn’t until I was diagnosed with mental illness/disorders, did I realize, I wanted to assist others through my journey and experiences. I had to be completely honest with my readers and myself in order to be credible. I never wanted another soul to feel as lost as I did for most of my adult life.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
I tend to write daily. Whether it’s about mental illnesses/disorders, poetry, short stories, haiku, and for “The Perfectly Imperfect Bunch”, I am very dedicated to writing daily.
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
I believe that I exercise my craft daily to improve my style. There are times when I am writing something very serious, I still want the reader to feel comfortable, and at ease. Not clinical and cold, yet, maintain the informative side.
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
Only WordPress. I dabble a bit in a couple of other sites, but I found WordPress to be more fulfilling and more community-based.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
Knock on wood… Only once since I started my blog.
8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]
Writing, poems, poetry, haiku, short stories, and most importantly, mental health awareness.
9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?
Generally speaking, it depends on the mood of the day. Through writing and/or ranting, I find a medium in the midst. Most of the mental health-related topics are based on true to life experiences. Whereas, my creative side is based on the same, and/or sometimes an occasional wish or dream. LOL!
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
This is a big time “YES!”
My setting is always the same every morning/afternoon/evening. Because of my OCD, everything has a place on my desk. I must have my essential oils, my soundscapes music set, candles lit, plants have to be rotated every morning in order to have equal amounts of sunlight, my research and journals are all prepared the night before, and notes are equally important throughout my journal on color-coded post-its. I need to maintain a very zen-like feeling around me in order to write freely and be myself.
11] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
All of the above, minus magazines. 🙂
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
It’s driven by my story and journey.
13] Are there any specific things which enable your creative juices to flow more steadily?
Minus drinking and smoking, all of the above contributes to my writing.
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
It truly depends on the content. Mental Health Awareness is usually broken out into segments/series. I don’t want to lose the interest of the readers. All other content depends on my subject matter, whether it be a prompt, haiku, poetry, short stories, and/or poems. That really depends on my mood.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
Most writers are their own worst critics and I’m no different. First, I am writing for myself, I have to make myself happy. However, I do appreciate positive feedback, but then again… who doesn’t? I want the reader to be honest with what I write, and be part of the experience by answering questions I submit in my mental health series.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
Lastly… Be yourself. Be honest. Have fun with whatever you may be writing creatively. Unless given permission by family/friends, don’t use real names.
My genuine thanks to Beckie for taking the time to answer the Truly Inspired questionnaire, but more so for sharing her story in part to use here. A leaf out of Beckies’ book and ideal for writers that l know l apply to in some part is preparation – things can change but if l have a rough idea of what l am doing and have some footnotes, l do find the writing is easier – now if l could just find some more time …
If any would like to participate in the Truly Inspired series – please drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and l will gladly write you up and share your visions. I would genuinely love to hear from more of you, so don’t be shy, come on, step forward – have a try.