Bipolar Barb – Truly Inspired #22


Truly Inspired Series

1] Blog Name

Bipolar Barb

2] Genre

Mental Health

3] Blog Age

6 months

3] At what age did you start to write and what was your motivation for doing so?

I began writing at age 11 in order to express my emotions in a way I couldn’t otherwise.

4] Does writing/creativity come naturally to you or do you struggle to invent something inspirational each day/week/month?

Writing comes naturally, but I sometimes struggle with finding a topic!

5] How prolific are you in your craft?

I blog and write/revise fiction daily.

6] Are your writings displayed elsewhere or just WordPress? If so where?

Both on WordPress and elsewhere: HERE

7] Do you ever suffer from writers/creators block? How do you combat it?

Yes, absolutely! I look for writing prompts or writing prompt generators online lol.

8] What is your preferred creative expressive form?


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 use prompts both for blogging and fiction writing. For fiction, I also observe the people around me — coffee shops are a good place for that — and write their “stories.”

10] Do you need an ambience to work with, such as music, quiet, scented candles, yoga, exercise, reading, film or something else?

Nope. I like writing both at my desk and at coffee shops with my husband (he’s a fiction writer, too). The latter tend to play music, but I’m able to tune it out. At home, I’m occasionally interrupted by the dog barking — that’s more difficult to tune out lol.

11] What helps you to create your content? [People/conversation/family/health/magazines/newspapers/controversy/funny moments/life experiences]

All of the above except for controversy, unless it’s specifically about mental health though not, for example whether a mass murderer is mentally ill. I tend to keep my blog free of politics, current events, and religion.

12] Is your content driven by your journey or your story, or by the journeys and stories of others?

By my own journey living with bipolar depression and anxiety, though I sometimes blog about topics other than mental health — like about my dog and 2 cat, for example.

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]

Not really, no.

14] How long from start to finish would/can your content take you to complete?

A blog post usually takes me 2 to 2-1/2 hours to write, revise, edit, and proofread.

With my short stories, it could take years.

15] Are you pleased with your finished pieces? How do you feel when you receive acknowledgement from another?

I’m mostly pleased with my blog posts. There are a few that I feel don’t contain my best writing or isn’t about the best topic, but I try. I challenge myself by using the Daily Post blog’s one-word daily prompt. Acknowledgement from other people are validating both about my writing and my topics.

My thanks to Barb, for participating in the Truly Inspired series and sharing with us what makes her tick tock for her writing and her honesty concerning ‘writer’s block’, the bane of most writers l feel. An interesting point which l feel expresses most of us here is the inclusion of … “in order to express my emotions in a way I couldn’t otherwise.”

Certainly very true, l have never kept a diary and yet l have always written down my inner most thoughts, in fact much of those appear in this blog in one way or another. I think most of us find it easier to write and pen to a stranger than we do admitting things to ourselves or those close to us at times.

Thanks Barb for the share ๐Ÿ™‚


If any would like to participate in the Truly Inspired series โ€“ please drop me an email at and l will gladly write you up and share your inspirations. I would genuinely love to hear from more of you, so donโ€™t be shyโ€ฆย 

11 thoughts on “Bipolar Barb – Truly Inspired #22

  1. Glad it’s ok for you – hell that sounds drab .. mm, glad you like it? Mm, nope not yet. Don’t want to use my usual , it’s a pleasure Barb, or My pleasure Barb or, or, l know – it was a great read Barb and thanks for participating, and Scrappy wants to know if you have checked your email yet, have you, have you, have you – you know what dawgs are like, she said if you can answer these questions like this, just imagine what a superior K9 could achieve … l know what can l say Barb?

    Pleased you liked it ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks again, Guy. Please tell Scrappy that I will check my e-mail as soon as I can. Rudy is at daycare today, so he wouldn’t be able to answer the questions, anyway lol!

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