Trust and the art of asking

Sep 15th, 2015 The Act of Creating, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 4 min read

At the core of every artist there is a small flame of hope. It burns brighter when we are caught up in the frenzied act of creation, but distance from our art gives the smallest of breezes enough room to blow it out of existence. Art, at least for me, by definition is really about the end result. The way you make someone feel, or…

Analogue Muse

Jun 23rd, 2015 Creativity Tools, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

I have fallen in love again. His name is Oscar and he is one of those types who are really great at teasing the details out of me, making me feel like he’s really listening, like I’ve connected with him. I can’t remember the last time we sat down together, but recently, we have been spending a lot of time sitting and bonding. He has…

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

Sunday Morning

Jun 7th, 2015 Sunday Morning, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 2 min read

Although I was taught that the week begins on a Sunday, to me it is a day that marks the end of the week. It is a day about reflection and new beginnings. In the essence of this vein of thought I have created a category called Sunday Morning. The premise behind this category is to share with you a thought, a quote, a word,…

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…