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Update 9 September 2014: This week a wonderful new linky What I’m Writing starts and I really wanted to join in. Revisiting this post, that kicked off The Prompt, seemed appropriate. It describes why I love to write, and now entering Week 34 of The Prompt I can honestly say that it has been amazing! I have loved the challenge and I have been so inspired by all the wonderful writers who join in each week. When The Prompt started I wrote ‘A piece of writing can convey information, knowledge, emotion; it can take us to places we’ve never been and change our world view. It can make us cry or it can make us laugh. It can challenge our perceptions, our misconceptions. It can teach us.’ and every week I see this to be true. I feel very lucky to have discovered blogging and more than lucky that I am finally, actually, writing.
There are two things that I have become passionate about since starting my blog: photographs and writing.
Passion for pictures
I take a ridiculous number of photographs, but I am very keen to improve my photography. I tend to default to using my iPhone, and although I have captured some fantastic images (in fact, to date virtually all the photographs on my blog have been taken with my phone) I want to start using the ‘proper’ camera more. To that end, this year I am doing Project 365; a photo a day. I will be posting weekly round-ups, and I hope that over the year I will be inspired and challenged, learn and improve.
Wonder of words
I have always enjoyed writing. I have never been a ‘creative’ writer, but I have always written; whether that be diaries, reports or presentations. Coming from a technical background I am interested in how writing and images can convey an idea or thoughts, facts or opinion. Over the course of my career I have spent a lot of time presenting technical concepts, often to lay audiences, where the use of language becomes crucial to understanding. I have written many a bid document, where language is used to convey information, sell an idea, instil confidence; win!
Now, I write about my family; about activities and events, days out and baking; about motherhood and identity. I love to write to a title, a quote, an idea, a headline: something that inspires. Some of my favourite posts have been inspired by a quote or a word.
In fact, I find that the posts I get the most pleasure from writing (aside from the photograph heavy ones!) are those that make me think. Those that discuss my views; my feelings and thoughts; concepts and ideas. But, these are the posts that I write least often. As I keep up with my on-line diary (and with the various linkys I enjoy) I run out of time to just write.
I read some wonderful blogs, with truly talented writers. This is not a group a count myself among, but I do like to think that my writing has improved over the last year and that I have developed a style, a voice. I want to develop this during 2014.
I want to challenge myself, push beyond my comfort zone. So, each week I am going to set myself a challenge: a prompt. This does not mean I will write fewer narrative tales; recording our days and our adventures; because these are the core of my blog – they are why I started. But, I will spend more time writing for me.
I often read tweets from others suffering writers block, or looking for ideas for posts. I know I find myself in that situation, often because these is simply too much that I could write about and I don’t know where to start. It made me wonder if perhaps others would welcome the challenge, to flex their writing muscles a little :)
To take a title and write something: a few lines, a few paragraphs, an anecdote, a story, a poem, a cartoon; anything! For me it’s all about communicating and enjoying the power, inspiration, humour and wonder of words.
So, I am thinking of opening this up as a linky… *laughs nervously, wonders if anyone would join in*
I will publish The Prompt (a title, topic, quote, headline, word…) on a Sunday and the resulting post the following Friday. I will post my first prompt next Sunday, 12 January…
I would love to know if you’d like to join in?!
[Update: After a lovely, positive response (thank you all), I’m going to bite the bullet, nothing ventured and all that, and I will be launching this linky on Sunday…]