Why I Write

I began writing ‘seriously’ ten years ago. When I was diagnosed with M.E. (CFS) and was no longer able to work I thought the best part of my life, the useful part, was over.

In time I realised that what I had was an opportunity to do the things I had never had time or space for in my life. I began to write, and later to paint. The painting and drawing was a great help to my writing as slowly I learned to look better and to see more.

I also signed up to the Open University to study Creative Writing, and in 2009 gained my Diploma in Literature and Creative Writing, with distinction. This was a great online course. I learnt so much and made some good friends – both online and actual. I can heartily recommend it.

I have concentrated on poetry and short fiction, for which I have been placed or won a number of different competitions, including Winchester Writers’ Conference, Slough Arts Festival, Elmbridge Literature Festival and the Guildford Short Story Competition,Fish Poetry Prize as well as performing live and having my work broadcast.

I have recently published of war poetry – I have a son in the armed forces in Afghanistan. This collection has fifty poems with the themes such as the way having a serving member of the armed forces impacts on family -both close and extended- and friends. The things that can be said and the subjects that are always avoided, the charms and spells we do to keep them safe, the way we deal with harsh and critical or kindly and understanding comments  from the world at large, the moments of departure and arrival…and the many, many things families have in common, from whatever side of the war they may come. I  also highlight the many positives that have and will come out of the current hostilities.

I would welcome contact from anyone with a thought to share on any aspect of the themes above, or indeed on writing and reading poetry. I can be contacted through this daily blog.

4 Responses to Why I Write

  1. Libby says:

    Hi Sally
    I like your blog. I came across a poem by Joseph Lee “The Bullet” when I was doing some research a few years ago. It’s very poignant on the theme of mothers and sons. All the best with your writing, Libby

    • Sally j Blackmore says:

      Hi Libby,
      Thanks for looking at the blog, and for the reference to ‘The Bullet’…I just looked it up and heartily agree with his sentiment that when a soldier takes a bullet, so does the rest of his family.
      looking forward to following you on twitter,

  2. Tino11 says:

    Sorry to read about the M.E. I started blogging on the advice of my head doc [psychologist] and have found it to be a great outlet. I am enjoying one of the most creative periods of my life. Emerging from depression seems to have released something inside. So like you, I have tried to use the time to my advantage.
    I look forward to reading more of your offerings in the future and will undoubtedly learn something from them as well.

    • SallyJ says:

      There is something immensely free about allowing creativity space in your life… before the ME I had no space at all for anything that was really me. Thank you for your comments, I hope we can learn from each other. That would be a real bonus.

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