Writing Free

go with whats working blue


I was recently chatting to my lovely mate Wendy, whom I’ve not spoken to for a few weeks and the first thing she says to me, after “hello” and “how’s things?” is . . .

“I’m really missing your blog posts”.
“I’m still writing” says I.
“Yes, but not everyday” says she. “I miss hearing what you’re up to”.

Well, knock me down with a feather. I know she’s my mate and all that but I’d sort of assumed she didn’t read them. After all, I only asked her to sign up so she could check some technical stuff for me and she’s not particularly interested in the arty side of things. But, curiously, she says she’s started to notice more arty type stuff around her and is seeing it in a different way. How coolio!


My friend Tony said something similar a few weeks back, about how much he was enjoying them. He was a bit surprised I think. Me too!

It just goes to show, you never really know the effect your writing is having and, if you’re a bit of an Eeyore like me, you’re likely to err on the negative side assuming nobody’s really enjoying it. So, note to self . . .” just stop it Gillian!”

Suddenly I’m feeling inspired to make an effort to write more often again.

I doubt I’ll write every day because I found it to be a bit of an interference at weekends but I’m willing to aim for writing every week day.

I’m going to practice being even more relaxed about what I do and don’t write about.

Take my Christmas in June post, for example. I almost didn’t write it because I didn’t think it had a place on my blog. And then I thought, well if this blog is about my life journey, then how can it not have stuff about the people and things I love on it?

From the reader’s point of view, Wendy found that it transported her back to the big concerts she’d been to and left her with a warm, happy feeling. I hadn’t considered that. I won’t be second guessing the effect my writing might be having though. That’s a sure way of blocking myself. No. There’s no need to do that.

I want to be free to write whatever comes to me without censor and I’m expecting that to get easier the more I write.

So, as requested by Wendy, expect to see some regular blogging action again.

The more astute among you will, of course, have noticed that it’s already started!


Linking to Paint Party Friday and Mop It Up Monday


12 comments to “Writing Free”

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  1. Michael Neill - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Welcome back! I must admit I skim through the pure art posts, but always look forward to the ones where you share your day and share your thoughts!

    • Gillian - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

      Thanks for the feedback Michael. It’s useful to know you’re happy to skim through the art posts and not feel the need to unsubscribe! I struggle a bit with the idea that it “should” be one thing or the other but I’m most happy when I let that thought go and just post what comes up.

  2. giggles - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    I would totally love to hear anything you write…it feels so authentic!! It’s always a shock the people who do read our blogs. I have one friend who if she hasn’t heard from me for a while reads my blog. It’s changed so much over the years that I rarely give daily play by plays like I used to…so she may be bored….My best friend reads every post! I’d read anything she wrote too….friends that truly love us want to know what’s in our heads!! I’m so happy your friend has opened her perspective because of your writing and beautiful art!!

    Hugs Giggles

    Wish you had a bloglovin button….I’ll add you by hand!!!

    • Gillian - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment. Are you signed up to my email list? It’s in the top right hand corner. That way you’ll get to read all I write by email. I’m not familiar with bloglovin. I’ll add it to my list of things to investigate but thanks for adding me by hand! Currently trying to get my head around a Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/gillianpearceart.

  3. Anne - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Lovely! Really awesome blue and detail! <3

  4. Annette G - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    smashing work. Happy PPF, Annette x


  5. Kim - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Very nice! HPPF!

  6. Corrine - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Great advice. Funny how we never think our friends really do read our stuff and then we find out they do and tell us ever so much later! Happy PPF xox

  7. Linda K - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Sometimes you need to hear something like what your mate said to you to affirm your creativity. Love your post and that lovely canvas perfectly describes it. Happy PPF!

  8. Faye - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    I like your art, especially the wonderful stem to the flower. It is surprising how many more people peek at our blogs than do leave messages on them.

  9. Sharon - 28 Jun, 2013 Reply

    Love your art. I know what you mean, I stopped blogging for a bit and people started to come out of the woodwork wondering what happened.It seems that people you know dont leave comments!

  10. Anneliese - 01 Jul, 2013 Reply

    I am the Stitching Lady and thank you for coming on my blog. Beautiful to see yours.

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