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MY WRITING


Hornbills sharing seeds

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“The role of a writer is not to say what we can all say, but what we are unable to say.”  Anaïs Nin

 

Writing for me is a captivating game with words: the efficacy of words, the efficiency of words, the emotions of words, all these and more besides hold an absorbing fascination for me.

In my youth, both poetry and letter-writing afforded me a source of pleasure. At that time it was the emotional charge of words that concerned me most.

As the need for a livelihood took centre stage, efficacy and efficiency became paramount. With my own nutrition consultancy not only were there sales pitches to write but I also promoted my business with in-depth market analysis articles. These were published in leading trade magazines within their sector such as The Grocer, Nutraceuticals World, Eurofruit and Food Manufacture.

It was only more recently, when I returned to creative work as a photographer, that the emotional content of words reclaimed its importance in my work. Not only did I write copy for my own websites, carefully crafted to engage clients, but I also instigated the occasional blog of observations originating from my images.

My first foray into fiction writing was seven or so years ago, and I quickly found myself 25,000 words into an adult novel and more than halfway through a book for 8 to 10 year old boys. Both works were sadly put on the back-burner due to the busy-ness of life with my own young family.

I am delighted to finally find myself with time to pick up where I left off with those two works, as well as to begin putting words to several ideas I have for children’s picture books.

Progress updates will follow soon on my blog.

Puffin couple in Skomer