Life in Poetry reading, writing, reflecting

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

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

⌗IWSG-Wednesday 6th October 2021-Draw the line

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Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG 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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October 6 question - In your writing, where do you draw the line, with either topics or language?

The awesome co-hosts for the October 6 posting of the IWSG are Jemima Pett, J Lenni Dorner, Cathrina Constantine, Ronel Janse van Vuuren, and Mary Aalgaard!

My answer

There are topics which I don't enjoy reading, so I don't enjoy writing them either: Romance notably.

Others I enjoy reading but just haven't mastered the knack to write on : Crime, Political, Historical Fiction.

I definitely draw the line in language when it comes to explicit sexual descriptions or gratuitous swearing

Otherwise I love to experiment with vocabulary, especially for painting a picture of scenes: the physical and the emotional. I particularly love the sonority of verbs and adjectives which perfectly evoke a feel of what I mean to convey. Synaesthesia, I dote on. Colours, sounds, feelings, smells jump out immediately when using certain words.

writhe, wriggle, wrench

swoop, sail, snag

hume, drift, searing

sparkle, twinkle, baffling

I also like to play around with images, sometimes mixing metaphors, which is, I know, considered an incorrect way to use an effective metaphor; but I suppose that my Franco-British heritage conjures likenesses which often overlap, creating a collage metaphor or simile that just fits the bill.

Mostly I don't overthink ideas or language when writing. The inspiring combination just seems to fly down unexpectedly to hit the page.

how do you function ?

Thank you for reading.

this is how I also feel sometimes:

Véronique Samson  Full Tilt Frog listen here

Mont Canigou French Catalogne

Puigcerda, Spanish Pyrenees

Winter storm in Malta


  1. Hi,
    Your comments about not reading romance are interesting.
    Have a great day.
    Shalom aleichem

    1. thanks Pat for commenting. Wishing you all the best in your autumn endeavours

  2. I like your word examples.
    I like to read mystery but I know better than to attempt it.

    1. Thanks Alex. yes always hard to emulate our favourite genres.

  3. Hi Susan. I liked that you spoke about what you write and not just where you draw the line.

    1. Thanks Sonia. Sometimes the questions are just a jump board to expand on.


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