A little about Lynne…
I’m a writer and visual artist living in Scotland in a country cottage with my husband and our little grey cat called Sasha. After quite a few years of mid-life ebb and flow, I’ve completed my first novel, On Turtle Beach, a women’s fiction novel, which I hope to get published traditionally or independently, and I’m now happy to be cracking on with two more, having got the novel writing bug. INFJ is my Jungian type.
I owe the Open University much for this new direction in my life, having done a humanities honours degree with them in art history and literature which spurred me on to do a diploma in creative writing, where their great teaching helped me learn the craft.
I was born in Durham in the North of England in 1962, and lived in the Cotswolds before settling here in the Scottish Borders. It’s a great place to live, rolling countryside, gentle people and great for driving which I enjoy. A fresh start was in order, so I rekindled a love of drawing and painting from childhood days, and took local courses before becoming a freelance painter/illustrator focusing mostly upon nature…botanical, flower painting…wildlife. .. landscape. People don’t feature much in my painting so it’s perfect for me to address human nature in my writing.
During this time I got a degree under my belt, and I tutored my own classes in watercolour painting for about ten years. I have plenty of written up guidelines to share if anyone out there is interested. But ten years was enough, and I cut down a lot on greeting card production and prints as I needed a new direction again which a creative writing course gave me. Having no children has probably contributed to my rather restless searching for more meaning. So now I’m a writer and a painter.
Other interests which I recently pursued are a counselling skills course and I do some voluntary work where I put this to use. I am fascinated by human psychology, again from earlier days, and would have loved to become a qualified counsellor, but alas it’s an expensive business and time is getting a bit shorter these days for too many new enterprises. Pity we can’t go back and make different choices with the benefit of hindsight, isn’t it?
Back in the day I was a sales assistant in soft furnishing, a receptionist for a visitor centre, a lab assistant, a photographic assistant. I’ve always been trying to find my niche you might say. Being an artist, any kind of artist (and writers are artists in my view), isn’t easy, as many of us know all too well, but it’s a niche I’ve finally learned to relish and embrace for the sheer ‘doing’ of it.
ABOUT THIS BLOG
I’ve called this blog Head to Head, Heart to Heart because it kind of encapsulates what I get out of creative writing, and what is probably amongst the many motivations for many writers. That conveying of ideas and observations that come from the mind which is forever busy, but also the feelings about life, relationships and what it means to be human.
I chose the tagline of On Writing, Art, And The Creative Life: The Ebb And The Flow to describe the creative energy highs when the waves are rolling in, ideas, expression and feeling splashing madly in all directions against the rocks, ideas bouncing off each other, but also the inevitable stagnant low energy periods when for whatever reason the tide has gone out, leaving us feeling lacking. But as I have learnt myself in midlife, just living is like this too, and we need to embrace it all, go with the flow as the Taoists say – to get the most out of the highs we have to learn from the lows, be comfortable with them to provide a kind of grounding. And success or failure (whatever these are deemed to be), we have to go on with out creative life, because it is simply who we are and what we do.
Blogging topics will include all kinds of things about writing, art and the creative life, matters of the head and matters of the heart, not so much tips on writing which are covered very well elsewhere (though some may creep in later on) – but more about the creative process. Other subject ‘categories’ will include nature, psychology and philsophophy, to share my interests with you, and of course I very much welcome comments.
You can also find me on twitter @writeartblog
BLOG COMMENT POLICY
This blog is for polite lively discussion, sharing thoughts, opinions and concerns, light things and not so light things. It is not for abusive, short-sighted comments or forms of free advertising. Therefore I ask you don’t put links in your comments unless they are relevant to the discussion. To keep the blog the way I intend, I will remove link advertisements, and moderate comments from the start. The main focus will be on keeping it genuine and friendly.