• Life,  Work in progress

    Why we write: self-expression

    In my last blog, I talked about writing for significance, one of many reasons that people write. Self-expression is probably one of the first reasons that people start to write. And for many writers, the need to write is a compulsion or a way to offload, some feeling wound up if they can’t get back to this form of creating (it may be similar for other art forms). Have you ever gone through adversity or struggled to come to terms with something but found it too hard to verbalise it to anyone? This is a very common experience. Writing it down can be the bridge between the writer, and a…

  • Telling Your Story,  Work in progress

    Writing for Spoken Word

    Last week I had fun at a workshop facilitated by spoken word poet, Krystle Herdy, at the Society of Women Writers Victoria. I have written a poem or two in my life but it isn’t my preference. That doen’t mean that I don’t appreciate it. In fact I encourage writers of prose to dabble in poetry of some form because it will add a lyrical quality to their work. It’s also a lot of fun to play with words. At first the group was a little shy about getting up to read their work but they soon found their way and were belting out poems within an hour. Once they…