Writing relationship conflict – Darling, Is this Love?

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The violets explode inside me When I meet your eyes Then I’m spinning And I’m diving Like a cloud Of starlings Darling, Is this love? This lyric from the opening track, Starlings, of the Mercury prize winning Elbow album, The Seldom Seen Kid, is the perfect description of romantic love for me. Lyrics have always […]

Feminism and writing – are we free?

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In an attempt to organise myself and hence my blog better I have decided to have a theme for each month. The theme for January is feminism. Feminism. It’s a tricky one. The problem with feminism is that in the struggle to define itself and free women from the bondage of institutionalised inequality, it has […]

On Love…….

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It’s Christmas time and traditionally a time for relaxation and spending time with those we love. I’m interested in dialectics and because Christmas is such a focus point for relationships and all the happiness that comes with freedom to spend time with family and friends, there is inevitably another opposite pole to all the festivities. […]

Climbing a mountain……..

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Today, tonight and tomorrow mark the Winter Solstice. This is a deeply significant time for me as the shortest day and the longest night mark the peak of my year. The difficult march up the slopes of the year since last summer have been woven through with happiness and synchronicity. I asked and I was […]

It’s not all sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll….

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A popular discussion amongst writers is audience. The constant dilemma of who to write for is the subject of many a heated debate and there are two sides to this story. From a genre point of view, the type of book being written must correlate with a responsive, resonating audience. Conversely, the audience demand dictates […]

Don’t blame it on love……..

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Feminism, Feminist, Identity, Love, Narrative, Writing

Still on the subject of writing and storytelling, I (and many other writers) have realised that there is a link between storytelling and psychology. Apart from my own PhD study which I have explained in the last blog, there have been many psychologists that write who have made a strong connection between identity and storytelling. […]