Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting
April showers bring May flowers

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

⌗IWSG, Wednesday 3rd June 2020, SECRETS

Welcome to another monthly post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
If you would like to know more about this very encouraging and supportive writing group

Anyone can join, budding writer, published or unpublished, writer of poetry, short stories, novels, essays ... So give it a go and visit the other members , read their contributions and don't hesitate to leave comments.

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.
Remember, the question is optional!!!

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.


  1. Hi,
    I am very happy that you saw a film that gave you courage to step out and start writing. Sometimes seeing someone else persevere through hard times gives us the courage to step out and fulfil our own purpose in life.
    All the best and thanks for being a part of IWSG.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. Thank you Pat. Your words fill my heart with joy and tear tingle behind my cheeks.
      It’s so good to have you in my corner. Happy IWSG month.

  2. We all seem to have an inner critic based on an experience with someone who didn't think we could write - or at least that's been my experience and the experience of so many other authors. I'm glad you shared this. It helped remind me to keep on writing and ignore that critic about breaking the rules or knowing "enough."
    Happy Writing

    1. Thank you Tyrean for sharing your similar experience. What doesn’t break us, makes us stronger. This pandemic is a case in point. Hoping you and your loved ones are well and safe. Wishing you an inspired June of writing.

  3. I love the story you shared. How lovely! Now I feel that I need to look up Janet Frame!

    With Love,

    1. Thank you Mandy for visiting. I find that IWSG is all about learning but also sharing. Gifts are so much more rewarding than just taking. Wishing you a happy IWSG month. Take care, stay safe.

  4. That moment was what you needed to seal the writing deal. Let it continue to motivate you.
    No, Americans are not very huggy. Little more so in the South, but I manage.

    1. Thanks Alex for stopping by. How about the August Host post ? Would you consider me ?
      Have a happy month of writing. Take care. Big Hug 🤗.


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