E for Exploration

One of the things I love most about being a writer is the endless possibilities it presents – not only to explore our inner selves but also the opportunity it gives us to explore the unknown, the fantastical, the magical, the untouchable.

All writers have heard the old saying ‘write what you know’, and while I think this is good advice to newer writers, I also think it can be taken too literally. I mean, we all know what it is to yearn for something – a person, a job, a toy. Most of  us have experienced love, shame, anger, we’re all human (at least I assume you are if you’re reading this – hello to any super intelligent animals and alien beings!). We can extend that range of human emotions to imagine ourselves in almost any position; and this is what it means to me to write what I know.

Because, quite frankly, I’m far more interested in writing about places and happenings that I don’t know, than ones that I do. Putting all those human emotions to the test in situations I’ll never encounter really appeals.

Part of the beauty of writing speculative fiction is that you can ask any question, broach any topic and explore any world you could possibly imagine – and the flipside is that there are writers who can imagine worlds you can’t, and you then get to explore those in your reading. Pretty awesome, if you ask me.

Exploration and escapism go hand in hand for me, both as a writer and a reader. Always has, always will.


E is For…

The lovely Amy Rose Davis had a letter post over on her  blog the other day, and I thought I’d join in. So, here we go!

How to Play: Comment to this entry and I’ll give you a letter. List ten things that you love that begin with that letter and then post that list on your journal.

My List: Ten Things I Love That Begin With The Letter E

E. I am sure there are plenty of trickier letters, but this isn’t going to be easy.

1. Earth – I love our planet, but I also love sinking my hands into the dirt and connecting with the earth through gardening.
2. Eating! Who doesn’t love this?? So many wonderful foods in the world to explore.
3. Emotions – not always convenient, but amazing anyway.
4. Etsy – that website can devour so much time, but it’s SO inspiring and I love shopping for handmade things.
5. Effervescence – I love watching things bubble up, so relaxing
6. Ears – now if only I could convince my kids that they are good for listening with.
7. Eclipses – self explanatory, really
8. Echoes – I love making and listening to echoes, but I also love the way you can use them in story when an event in a characters life has had an impact on them. Emotional/memory echoes.
9. Editing – as painful as it can be at times, I LOVE editing. I love making something as good as it can be, tweaking, cutting, pushing and manipulating things until they are just right.
10. Exploration – there is curiosity in me and I just love to explore, whether that’s in stories, in the outdoors, in the library, whatever. The universe is an exciting place, and there is so much to learn, see and do.

Whew! I made it to ten!!

If you want to give this a go yourself, let me know in the comments 🙂