First of all, apologies for my lack of blogs lately, I’ve been rubbish in keeping it topped up. The good news is though that I have lots and lots of exciting things all on its way so I was just giving you a rest; the calm before the storm if you like. The first thing is that my blog is in the process of having a nice spring clean – a bit of a makeover, so look out for that! Now for the other thing…
Earlier in May I applied for Fringebiscuit’s (http://fringebiscuit.blogspot.co.uk/) first Young Writers Scheme, largely just for the challenge of applications (I’m proactive like that you see…). A week or two ago, just as I was making my way through a mountain of ironing, just as I was thinking I’d never hear back from them, I checked my e-mails to find a lovely acceptance offer to be the top 10 ‘brave, young writers’ to work their socks off at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival (the biggest international arts festival) whilst getting a great amount of inspiration, encouragement and support by professionals in the arts and writing industry. What an amazing opportunity! I’m so excited to be heading up to Scotland for the whole month of August, living with nine other keen, young writers and reviewing the biscuit out of all the fun at the Fringe. I’ll be reviewing, interviewing, workshopping, blogging, theatre-going (obvs!), writing all sorts of cheeky things and generally just having a fantastic experience. Yes please.
It’s still sinking in and thank you for all the lovely congrats and comments I’ve already received – it means a lot. I’ll be keeping all you lovely readers up to date along the way, so please jump aboard and I’d love to share the experience with you – feel free to get in touch. Also, a lot of the work and publicity that Fringebiscuit are all about is on and through the power and mystery of twitter (Hazar!) So please follow them (@fringebiscuit) or myself on twitter (@kellypunton). I’ll soon try and get you the other nine biscuiteers to follow on twitter too as I’m certain they’ll be worth following!
The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. — Gustave Flaubert
I find it hard to define myself as a writer: perhaps its not even necessary to define myself in that way. What I do know though is that I have a passion for writing (and reading – it works both ways!) and I’d love to see where that might take me. I don’t just mean that in terms of a degree, a career, a salary, a pension – oh no, I’m thinking much wider than that. I want to see whether it can be an integral part of who I am, whether there’s a wage attached to it or not, whether its plain sailing or most likely not. It’s not about a job or a title, whilst that is what I’ve felt the world is telling me it could be. It’s not the flashy name and prestigious one-hit-wonder or best-selling ‘writer’ that I want to be. As I said, I’m thinking much wider than that. I am a writer simply because I write. I want it to first and foremost be about character, intregrity, relationship, experience, passion, whatever else it needs to be called. Then whatever name badge I’m given as a result, whatever car I drive and house I live in because of it, I’ll know it came from a real place. Nice thought hey.
I don’t know how good I am at writing novels or plays (I might have a go) but what grips and holds me as a writer is more about the power of our voices. It’s that its a colloboration with yourself and other people, it’s a discovery, it’s a lesson, it’s a journey and it cannot be done alone, or at least I don’t want to do it alone. I’ve often had a sort of tag line to my writing in recent years which as been about being on a journey to ‘find my voice, one day at a time’, hopefully in order for others around us to also find their voice. We are fed all sorts of voices and some are good (some are really good in fact) whilst a lot of others are blurred and confusing, meaningless or destructive. I think that sucks, but I also think it’s pretty hard to know what to believe, what to think, what to say, what to write – but that should not stop us. There’s so much to live for, so much to learn, so much to delve into. It’s all out there, we’ve just got to find our voice. I really hope that this opportunity will be another step towards learning more about what it means to be able to communicate, to be able to write, to be able to have a voice – especially when I know so many of us struggle to know what it is we are to say. There are times when it really matters that our voices are heard and we can say what we want to say. That’s a bit about where I am. I’d love for you to join me.
P.S. Please share the great work that Fringebiscuit are doing for others like me, maybe even people like you! http://www.sponsume.com/project/fringebiscuit-young-writers-training-scheme