3 Words to Inspire you to Listen

Jul 9th, 2015 Inspiration, Words, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 3 min read

As writers, and as humans who want to live, to be present in the cacophony of life, the chaos, the tenderness and the melancholy, the only way to truly achieve this is to pay attention; to listen. We tend to defer to passive listening; skimming the surface of what is there, what people are trying to tell us, what is happening outside our immediate scope….

The Art of Listening.

Jun 28th, 2015 Inspiration, Sunday Morning Alison.Strachan 1 min read

If you listen to the noise of the world, what do you hear? If I’m honest, I must admit that I’m a reactive person. I react to other people’s emotions, their experiences, their situations and I do everything I can to help, usually after the storm has passed. But I often find that if I’d paid attention in the beginning, if I had really listened…

Dreaming is Essential

Jun 13th, 2015 Inspiration, Musings, Uncategorized, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

This blog was originally designed to lead my readers through the rough waters of writing, when I was wading knee deep in words that were swimming gleefully around me ready for me to pluck from the shallows, and when I was battling storms where the way ahead was so dark and full of fury that it didn’t seem like I would see it through to…

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

Jun 10th, 2015 Inspiration, Sunday Morning Alison.Strachan 1 min read

This is a short clip (the prologue to the new album by Florence & The Machine – I really can’t wait to get my hands on this album!) but it perfectly demonstrates the struggle we have with ourselves each day to overcome doubt, listen to our hearts and embrace the big blue around us.

“…Creativity is an act of surrender.
A wild, brave act of surrender.
Of letting go.
Listening to instinct and just putting one word, or brush stroke, or note, or photo, or foot, in front of another.
Telling yourself you can, telling yourself you’re possible.
Committing yourself to whatever you need to do to get yourself home.
Being bold enough to make your own way there.
To pull your own second heart out and reveal its contours.
To follow the line of your story.”

Holly Ringland

11 Untranslateable Words from Other Cultures to Inspire You

Feb 24th, 2015 Inspiration, Vocabulary, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 1 min read

There is something about knowing a word that means something indescribable in the English language. In the spirit of finding continued inspiration this year I’m reblogging this wonderful infographic in hope that these words lead to more creative brilliance. What the hell, let’s create some new words. :) Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.   What others…

Four different words that will inspire the warm glow of happiness

Jan 11th, 2015 Inspiration, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

Have you ever noticed how when you find just the right word for something, especially if it isn’t a word you’ve heard before, can bring a blurry picture into extra sharp focus? Often the way that word sounds, the way it makes your tongue click on the back of your teeth in combination with its meaning, is enough to give me goosebumps. As I mentioned…

10 Things Writers Do That Aren’t Actually Writing… But Really Are

Oct 6th, 2014 Creativity Tools, Inspiration, Writer's Toolbox, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 6 min read

As adults we carry around a lot of guilt. We get pressure from everywhere to be doing more or less of basically everything. We should be spending more time with the kids, but not yelling at them. We should be exercising more, eating more healthy food, spending more quality time with our partners, or our family. We should be writing/reading more, paying more attention to…