1] Blog Name ~
2] Genre/Blog Style ~
Poetry: Traveling on road trips around Australia. Indigenous culture. Dreams. Musicians or people I admire. Numerology. Writing about writing. Meditation. Grief. Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and all about the ‘things that people don’t say’
3] Blog Age ~
Two and half years.
3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so? ~
As far back as I can remember. I find writing therapeutic, like ‘defragging’ a computer. I’ve always had a love and passion for English, wordplay intrigues me. In the words of my hero ~ David Bowie
“Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.”
I enjoyed writing at school and my teachers were surprised when I would hand in a 3-page assignment when they had only asked me for one page. I was told back then, that I should write a book, because they loved my stories.
4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?
I have a mild form of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. One of the personality traits of my condition is Hypergraphia (Hypergraphia is a trait characterized by the intense desire to write or draw) Think Edward Leer, CS Lewis.
Writing comes naturally for me. I generally write at least one poem a day, just after waking up, when the words just seem to flow easily.
This began as a morning journal; following the concepts of Julia Cameron, The Artists Way book. Then my pages developed into poetry. I write word for word what comes to mind and very rarely edit my poems. If I try to rearrange the verses, then I spoil the messages.
Sometimes I may write 2 poems a day.
I try to turn off my ‘thinking’ mind and I write more fluently with pen and paper.
Writing is like breathing to me, I couldn’t live without it.
5] How prolific are you in your craft?
I am proud of my writing. It brings me a sense of happiness and achievement.
I have over 25 years advertising and promotional experience. I used to work for the money, now I enjoy working for love.
6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?
WordPress. Twitter. Numerology Daily Matters and personal Facebook pages.
7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?
Not very often, as Benjamin Franklyn said:
‘Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.’
On the rare occasion if I am lost for ideas, I take time out in our wonderful land of Oz, then I cannot stop writing.
8] What is your preferred creative form? [writing/photography/poetry/artistry/illustration/design]
Poetry. Photography. Artistry. Creating posters. Wordplay. Puns.
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 have never made a decision on a particular theme, the ideas come to me, it seems.
It begins with an urge, or a prompt of perhaps two sentences and then I sit with a pen and paper. Sometimes I cannot write fast enough to keep up with the poem, as the words just flow.
10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?
I look for beautiful images or motivational quotes. I prefer being alone, in a silent environment. To me, writing is my meditation time, it is calming, relaxing and helps me to focus in the moment. The great outdoors is my favourite place. Sitting on a beach watching hubby fishing.
11] What helps you to create your content?
[People/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]
All of the above; and when I feel a passion for a topic, writing comes as a natural flow. I never plan what to write, that wouldn’t work for me.
12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?
I am driven by all of the above and the desire to share my experiences, to help others, even if it is only one person who benefits that makes me happy.
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
When I wake up in the morning or even at 3am. I will feel a compulsion to write. Travelling to remote areas of Australia. This heightens all of my senses.
14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?
Around 15 minutes per page, each poem.
15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?
Yes, I am always pleased with the poems I publish on WordPress.
If my poems make ‘me’ happy, I don’t need praise. Although, it is encouraging to know that others like your writing and I find that when people give me praise, I have had more confidence to continue.
Finally, what advice would you award writers or creators looking to express themselves and to then display their works to the world?
To always be true to yourself, don’t write for other people to give you praise, write to make yourself happy. Find your own natural style. Be different, be daring, don’t follow the crowds.
We are all unique, the same as everyone else.
“This describes me pretty well.” Victoria Healing
My thanks to Victoria, for taking the time to tell us a little about what inspires her to ‘pen to paper’, about how creativity flows on a continued basis allowing her to express herself beautifully in her written works. I loved this as it sits within my own heart and quite possibly yours too ..
“We are all unique, the same as everyone else.”
It pays for you to remember that l feel, that your views on life are going to be ‘younique’ to you, equally as much as another person’s views are unique to them too.
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 inspirations. I would genuinely love to hear from more of you, so don’t be shy.