This week I’m reading…

It’s been a while since I’ve really read anything at all. That’s a lie. I’ve been doing lots of reading but either I keep leaving books unfinished, (which is very unlike me; normally I read, even a book I’m hating, until the bitter end), or I’ve been rereading pleasant little books that require no effort or brain power to get through. Perhaps my mind has been too preoccupied with other things to be able to connect fully with a book recently. I’m not sure. Either way, I am now finally edging my way back into the world of literature.

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This week I am reading…

Currently I am reading Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, which tells the story of the birth of the Antichrist and the end of the world. Being a huge fan of both authors, when I was given this book for Christmas, I knew immediately that it would be just my cup of tea. I’m now about half way through it and so far it has not let me down. It is a story packed full of witty observations on modern day life that leave me trying to smother a knowing smile when reading in public, or bursting out in unbridled laughter when in the privacy of my own home. Both Pratchett and Gaiman have such characteristic writing styles that, at times, I feel sure that I know which one has written which part. Pratchett, who took on the bulk of the novel, really shines through with his playful comments on life and zany sense of humor. I’m finding the book a great inspiration for my own writing, teaching me that I can really have fun with my writing, and the importance of letting my own personality and passions shine through, rather than attempting to write for someone or something else and ending up with something rather lacklustre, (which is the road I’ve been suspecting¬†my writing has been travelling down for some time now).

So far I am seriously relishing reading Good Omens. So much so that I can waste no more of my time here and must sign off now to go and immediately delve back into it!

So long!

Mia  x

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I have returned!

After nearly a year away from this blog in order to focus on my travel blog, I have finally decided to return. My relationship with writing has been a tricky one since we last spoke and so it’s been difficult for me to decide to come back and commit myself to this blog, but I feel that it is important to keep sharing my experiences.

I have been writing over the last year, but not nearly as much as I intended… not nearly half as much as I intended even. As I mentioned, I was focusing for a while on my travel blog and so did spend a lot of time writing for that, but in terms of creative writing, I had a very low out put. I think the problem is that I got bogged down in one story that I was determined to finish despite having all sorts of other ideas which I felt more drawn to. In the end the piece I was working on became a chore and eventually I stopped writing all together. I have now realised that leaving off one story because I have got more interesting ideas is no bad thing and that perhaps I should do it more. I have in no way decided to scrap the original piece, just to leave it while I explore other avenues for a while, possibly to come back to at a later date.

What I really need to focus on at the moment is improving my writing and developing my own style and so I am going to start to do much more writing practice and short pieces in order to evolve, (recommended activities welcomed!). I shall make the effort to post as much as possible of it on here – as much as my ego will allow at any rate!

It’s great to be back and I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas and experiences with you again!

Mia x