⌗IWSG, Wednesday 3rd June 2020


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Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

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June 3rd Question

Writers have secrets. What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work ?

My secret is that I have no secrets. I am an open book: my dual nationality, my extensive travels, reading, film watching, music sampling; all come across clearly and unambiguously in my blogging articles, short stories and poems. My political and religious views are splayed out for all to see, honesty, integrity.

‘ The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog ‘

Janet Frame’s magical sentence, which uses all twenty-six letters of the alphabet, she typed over and over again, when starting her first novel, as a daily ritual.

I have used this sentence repeatedly as a freewrite exercise to get into my writing, and as a tribute to the famous New Zealander poet.

I first discovered Janet Frame through Jane Campion’s film An Angel at my Table, which I first saw    in a cinema in Paris, Beaubourg quarter.

I cried buckets and was struck by one episode in particular : she is about 9 or 10 and she is writing a poem about clouds for school, using unusual imagery. Her eldest sister reads over her shoulder and says, ‘ You can’t say that, it breaks the rules of poetry.’ Janet looks up at her sister and replies, ‘ Oh, but that’s how I see them. ‘

It took her a further twenty years to feel confident with her voice and publish her first novel. This scene was , for me, a revelation, the spur I needed to persevere in my writing career.

And that is my secret.

Tell me yours, now.

Wishing you an inspiring June.

Finally free to roam the streets of Toulouse .

Place Victor Hugo

Square Wilson

Visit Elie du Bois, in the Dordogne

bathe in the river

at the lake

write outside in the meadow

Thank you for stopping by. Please feel free to comment, discuss, like or dislike and I will be sure to reply. After the heat, thunderstorms here, in Toulouse. Today beautiful sunny spells, bouncy clouds rushing across the blue with a welcome Easterly breeze.

4 thoughts on “⌗IWSG, Wednesday 3rd June 2020

  1. Thank you Susan. This was lovely. As a writer I believe in no rules though I’ve often been told that there has to be a method. You are early..My post goes up in the morning.
    How have you been lately?

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    1. Thank you Sonia for stopping by. Hoping you are well also. Finally got out to wander around Toulouse and travel to the Dordogne where we could bathe, write, spring clean the house and mow the meadow …. Poetry collection coming along nicely, editing 2 nd batch of thirty poems … Writing my entry for the Anthology also … busy bee. Eldest daughter still stuck in London, probably won’t be seeing her before October, now …😢 Take care, stay safe.

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      1. I’m glad you’re all good Susan. India’s seeing a terrible rise in cases, which was expected anyway. I know how you take your writing so I’m sure you’re investing your time there. Good luck. I’m waiting eagerly. Take care!

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