1] Blog Name
… and in case you want to ask why, it is because I like to harp about the same (although varied) subjects — and because pixie rhymes with pesky which I am. I do not fancy myself of being good or perfect. People like that die young.
2] Genre/Blog Style
No particular niche — essentially, I write for myself and I write in random fashion; in short, whatever catches my interest or attention so I write in varied subjects: travel, philosophy, spirituality, relationship, education — life, in general.
3] Blog Age
I created my WordPress blog in June 2017 — it was a learning process. I am quite a tech-dummy and so, it was difficult at first.
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?
At school age? Lol!
Let me qualify my answer to that question. If you mean, writing out of passion (and as a hobby), then I would say I started only in December 2016. My first baby blog was in Niume. However, I worked before in corporate mainstream and I got to write a lot of stuff — newsletters, press releases, training materials, manuals, company handbook of standard operating procedures, marketing plans, communications, legal contracts and I cannot remember what else.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
I worked for almost two decades in an office environment so writing comes naturally mostly out of discipline. Nonetheless, for my blog, I do not start typing unless inspiration moves me — usually, an idea in my head that won’t go away.
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
Hmmmm I never ask myself that question, to be honest. My rule of the thumb is to write when I feel like writing — when I feel I have something to share.
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
I write here in WordPress (in my own blog, in Poetry Passion and in The Ugly Writers) and I also write in Virily. But, just like any writer/blogger, anyone can find my writings in Instagram (mostly my poems), Tumbler, Twitter, Flipboard and Facebook.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
I have yet to encounter writer’s block. I have a day job so I write only during my free time. Well, I write when inspiration hits me because the day job is actually a small business we own and so, no one is supervising me and questioning me how I utilize my time.
8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]
My only talent lies in creating with words — nothing else — both essays and poetry. My photography, drawing and design skills are quite poor.
9] How do you arrive at your decision to write/create/invent about what you have chosen as a subject for the piece/s?
A picture, a song, a story, a book, a person, a travel and even the weather as well as life’s experiences could inspire me to pen a line — all in random fashion. Unplanned. I do not maintain planners or notes or prompts. When I write, I write from my heart using the information stored in my head.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
It is nice to work in quiet with some music, yes — but I can write regardless if I am alone or with some company. I have the ability to shut off unnecessary noises — pretty much the same when I am reading. I can allow myself to be oblivious with my surroundings.
11] What helps you to create your content? [people/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
The same answer to an earlier question about how I arrive at a decision on what subject to write.
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
My own journey in this life as well as the problems I noticed in the humanity, society and the world in general.
13] Are there any specific things which enable your creative juices to flow more steadily?
Weather is a big factor — I like it when it is cloudy, drizzling with a soft breeze of cool air. Or political happenings can likewise drive me to write a poem or an essay. Lol!
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
Shortest would be between 30 minutes to one hour. Now, there are topics which take me a long time to finish because I cannot quite reconcile my thoughts and feelings about the subject. In such case, I would leave it hanging and would just return to it when I feel like it.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
If I publish it, then, yes I am pleased with it for why publish something you are not happy with?
Like a compliment? I am a queer soul. If someone complimented my work, my first reaction is to laugh (you know like “Are you kidding me?”). I write as a hobby. I publish it in my blog because I want to share my thoughts to whoever would care to read it. However, despite positive feedback from fellow writers, I, up to this point, do not think I am a good writer. That is not to say that I lack confidence in my work. I know I can write and can express my thoughts well. But, being a Leo-born, I do have a high standard and, let us say that, while I am happy with the works I produced, at the same time, I think it still has room for more improvement.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
Firstly and essentially, write for yourself and write from the deepest part of your heart – bare your soul with your words, pour your soul into those pages with all the abandon of a crazed lover. Do not be afraid of criticism – constructive or otherwise. When you decide to share your musings with the world, be ready with the fact that not all people will agree with you. Keep your mind open to both learning and criticism. Remember that in this world, not a single person knows any one whole truth for there is no such thing as absolute truth. A person can only see either the front or the hind of the elephant and so what we call as “truth” is, in reality, only a piece of the whole. We cannot even see the back of our own head; then, how can we claim we know a single truth?
Hence, when someone criticizes your work, listen — take the good from the bad. Stand by your own truths, ideals and ideas — but, if good points or facts contrary to it are presented to you, have the wisdom to accept that maybe you are mistaken after all. But hey, hold your fortress for as long as you can for there is fun in fencing words with other people. That is another favourite pastime of mine — to beat the dead horse for the sake of beating it, lol!
And whether you like it or not, learn to socialize for this is a community. I am not really a social butterfly (I am, at best, a lone wolf) but socializing in the WordPress community with fellow writers and bloggers could sometimes find you unexpected friendship from like-minded or even opposite-minded people. That, I think, is enough incentive to go out there and read other people’s works. You reap what you sow, remember?
It is important to be honest with yourself. As a personal rule, I do not write with other people in mind. It sounds selfish, true. Yet, if the point of your writing is to please an audience, then you will come to a point where you will see and treat it as work and that will eventually lead you to dissatisfaction and unhappiness. Love yourself first because you cannot know how to love other people if you cannot love your own self. By that, I mean that you need to love what you do — you need to be inspired by what you do — before you can actually inspire other people.
Lastly, always give it your best shot BUT have fun and never lose your sense of humour — even in the face and in front of your critics. A humorous spirit always goes a long way.
My thanks to Marisse for taking the time to answer the Truly Inspired questionnaire. Some truly lovely points here were made, plus a couple of questionnaire observations that need correcting on my side. Everyone so far has said ‘write for yourself’ and l would add to that, that l totally agree, we are never going to please everyone, we are never going to appeal to everyone’s palette, we are never going to receive a like for everything we write, or sometimes even a viewing. But if you are writing for yourself first and foremost, this is paramount, because it matters not in so far as audience.
If people like what you write, they in part share and are able to share your experiences, in WordPress the community will follow you, and over time they will interact with you. If they like what you write they may even compliment your work – what you do with that reward of confidence is down to you personally, many are overwhelmed, many take compliments humbly or graciously, for me l am oft embarrassed. I can write and do so, because l thoroughly enjoy opening my mind up to many diversifications of life, l choose like so do many WordPressers, because it is a way of expressing my thoughts to eyes and ears that l would not see normally in a given day.
The point about criticism is true, we all have to be open to that, it’s only fair after all – if we write something and then display it, that sometimes we are going to affront someone else’s’ idea of what is right and what is not. But treat it as a learning curve, because after all, that is all our life is.
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.