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Are you a seasoned writer? 'Give back to the community and share your stories with those seeking advice and guidance. Or maybe your an aspiring talent. Here's the space to get advice, share work and get comments and feedback that will assist you.

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Comment by Kwame M.A. McPherson on April 8, 2009 at 11:39
I too am honoured to be a part of this group. My writing and works have been (and will continue to be) recognised internationally and it is a blessing to share that journey with others, through my business as well as poetry, stories and books.

Bless
Comment by alexandra on April 3, 2009 at 3:55
Somehow I feel very priviliged to be a member of this.
Comment by Paulette West MBE BUC Ambassador on April 3, 2009 at 1:41
Wow Dominique,
You really are the right person to have created this wonderful group. I agree with your thoughts, finding the time to put things in perspective and priority is absolutely crucial.

I, myself, struggle with finding the right 'balance' - running a business and home, being mother to 2 kids (although they are 21 and 22 !!!) - finding time for 'me' is sometimes a challenge, but when I do, I tend to go within and visit the leisure centre for swimming, sauna and a massage, this always makes me feel good. I know I have found 'my purpose' and that is to help others and serve the community. I feel really fulfilled and rewarded when I am 'giving'.

Many thanks for your contribution so far, you have got off to a flying start. Well done!
Comment by Dominique Kinara-Williams on April 3, 2009 at 1:19
Are writers born or is it a learnt craft? That is the question. Where does talent stem from? Does it really matter, I would think not. Creativity is truly a gift and sometimes in analysing where and how and if we lose focus, we lose the plot.

I remember when studying English at school for example I hated analysing poetry, trying to decipher what the poem meant and trying to see the hidden meaning behind their words. Yet I loved to read. I didn’t know my passion for reading would lead to a career in performance poetry, whereby people would be inspired, encouraged, motivated by my words.

What made my writing so special, so captivating, so unique. It obviously wasn’t my English literature studies. Yes I was well read, and confident in my ability to express myself verbally. What truly made my writing stand out was the passion behind the words. I wrote from my heart. I wrote because I needed to. Writing was a release. Writing set me free.

When you need to write, you can never really have writers block, because to not write would be to deny a part of yourself. We all need to find that need. That thing that drives us, whatever it is that we yearn for so much that to not have it feels like a part of us is missing. That feeling is the fuel and the pen is the vehicle. The paper is the destination. That creativity can be translated differently for any art form for any venture; we just need to desire the outcome enough.

What happens to our desires? Do they disappear? After a time, I lost the passion and my need to write, it didn’t satisfy the hunger anymore. But the desire was still there. I just had to learn how to express it in a different way. For me it was my business, for you it might be dance or making jewellery or listening to people’s problems. I think the problem is it is so easy to get distracted by the things around us that have nothing to do with who we really are.

Modern technology is amazing and allows us to connect with so many people around the world in a matter of seconds. We are in the age of social networking, speed dating and fast food. But it comes at a cost. We’ve lost our connection with self. Slowly but surely the distractions take over and we forget what is truly important in our lives. We all have a purpose and I believe that it is our responsibility to humanity to find out what our unique divine purpose is and share it with the world. Where would we be if Beethoven hadn’t composed, or if Shakespeare didn’t write, or if Nelson Mandela didn’t stand for South Africa’s freedom.

My dearest wish is for you to take the time to discover your gift(s) and I look forward to hearing, seeing, experiencing them.
I wish you the best on your journey. It starts with a single step. Enjoy
Comment by Olayinka Ayoade-Bandele on April 2, 2009 at 22:16
How does one stay focused and inspired on a writer's journey?
Whatever genre you hail from most if not all writer's struggle with maintaining the focus of their writing at different times in their lives. Often times, when I am centred my writing flows unchannelled and totally inspired, that I when look back and read what I have written I wonder at the source of that moment; other times writing can be a painful birthing experience. The trick is to keep writing at those times, maintaining the daily routine of writing something, anything, somehow, even when you really do not want to.
For me the inspiration to write comes from deep within and is linked to my divine purpose- this is not unusual. However, I would say that every person has the capacity to write in a biographical way and can make the choice of whether they wish to develop that practical ability into a skill or talent. Even as I make that statement I wonder are writer's born, meant to be, or do we make ourselves......does it matter?
Comment by Dominique Kinara-Williams on April 2, 2009 at 16:13
Thanks for the support Paulette. Let's see how it grows..
Comment by Paulette West MBE BUC Ambassador on April 2, 2009 at 15:02
Hey Dominique,
Great group, I will contribute as we go along. Have a blessed day and I will see you on the 8th.
Stay blessed
x
Comment by Dominique Kinara-Williams on April 2, 2009 at 12:21
Feel free to post any interesting articles or just share with others the journey of being a writer.
 

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