There is something about stories…

Mar 9th, 2016 Micro Fiction, Musings Alison.Strachan 3 min read

There is something about stories that entwine us together In knots that can hold us in comfort, With bows that can be too hard to undo, that might strangle us, Until we are fighting against them.   Our stories are fragments of a much larger story; One of this planet, this race, this generation, this community, this person. Our friendships are made up of stories…

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…

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….

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…

Some musings on truth

Mar 17th, 2015 Musings, Writing and Creativity Alison.Strachan 5 min read

Truth. Such a loaded term. At first it conjures the idea of a younger version of ourselves, at a time in our life when we are learning what it means to be honest, roiling between admitting fault and standing up for ourselves, about finding out we are fallible. It brings back the little decisions we’d made as children (there are always a few that stand…

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…