Now that I’ve made it a goal to be regular on my blog, I decided that there couldn’t be a better start to this new beginning by talking about someone who has hugely inspired me as a blogger.
In the beginning, I read other people’s blogs rather than writing my own, and somehow chanced upon Cats and Chocolate, Liz Ward’s blog about everything I love.
Liz has been in the blogging community since 2007 and has come a long way from there. She’s a “cat-owned, book-obsessed deaf writer” living in Greater London, and you can find her writing about anything from mental health to book reviews to late night poetry about the universe.
It only took one post for me to fall in love with her writing, and over the next couple of months, I spent at least two hours every day going through her archives and reading all the posts that intrigued me. I was busy at that time – my Board exams were coming up – but I made out time to read what she had to say any way.
Liz is my role model. Ruskin Bond has indeed taught me a great deal and has influenced my writing, but it’s Liz’s life – her work, her opinions, and her blog – that have made me love and admire her beyond explanation. I look up to her the way bookworms look up to their favorite authors. The best part of the day is always when I find a new post by her in my Reader.
What attracted me to Liz’s blog was the simplicity of her words. She did not need the fancy stuff to make her writing look pretty. She had the ability to say what she wanted to in the shortest, clearest way you can imagine. And that, I think, is what every writer needs to understand – clarity and brevity.
Liz’s style of posting somewhere influenced how I shaped my posts and what were the things I wrote about. Though I knew I couldn’t be like her because she’s been writing for longer than me and because no two writers can be similar in the way they express themselves, the beauty of Liz’s blog motivated me to work on my own. For that, I will always be thankful to her
Sometimes I think that part of writing is about battling creative resistance – that resistance that tells us any number of things – that what we’re writing isn’t good enough (good enough for who?), that we’re going to fail (failing means we can try again), that there are more important things to get on with (is tidying the house more important than your passion?). Getting up each day and pushing past all these mental blocks and criticisms thrown up by our mental critic is part of any creative endeavor. – Liz, Writing Advice Series: What To Do To Boost Motivation…
The more I read her blog, the more I was impressed. Liz is super-heroine, role-model material. She’s relentless, she’s determined, and she never gives up. She might disagree if she’s reading it, but returning to her unfinished projects, even if it’s been long since she’d last had a look at them, is inspiring. It’s not giving up; it’s starting with renewed strength and enthusiasm, and it has reaped great results – five years after she participated for the first time in NaNoWriMo, she’s now finalizing her novel as well as a collection of essays. I call that courage; not giving up.
Liz also happens to be the best person I’ve come across so far. She’s not only passionate about her own writing, but she also makes sure to give her love to her readers. She’s written motivational posts to inspire her fellow bloggers, and I’ve found them very helpful and encouraging. The best thing I love about the writing community is how supportive we are of each other, and Liz not only motivates others but also acknowledges the support she gets.
She writes about things I love to read. I love her perception of the world – her views on feminism and her deafness, her experiments with creativity, on openness to ideas, on the process of discovery, on the minds of the people she reads, and on the projects she undertakes. She has always been welcoming of newness and inspiration. She celebrates progress, even if it’s been slow; she’s always optimistic and shares her positivity with the world; she’s loving and accepting; she even had a great literary wedding.
I am still hopeful, and still feel that there are good people in the world, because I know so many of them. There are people who care about the world, and who have good ideas, make wonderful art, and who know how to listen to and learn from others. I’m grateful, more than ever, for people who know how to make others smile, who know the value of laughter and lightness in dark times. – From Weekend Coffee Share
She has also influenced my tastes in books – she somehow happens to have read books I was looking for. My to-read list has gotten a great deal longer because of her. She’s introduced me to Weekend Coffee Shares, NaBloPoMo – National Blog Posting Month – and to a range of ideas and opinions that have fed my heart and soul.
What a person writes about tells a lot about who they are, and Liz’s blog makes me wish she were my best friend. It wouldn’t matter much if I don’t get to meet any of my favorite writers in my life, but for once, I’d really, really love to meet her and tell her how much she has inspired and influenced me. I know I sound too much of a fangirl, but I’ve learned to be grateful too, and through this post, I want to thank Liz for what she’s been doing. I cannot wait to read more of her blog, as well as her books.
Meanwhile, here’s a list of my favorite posts by her-
Eye Candy: January Instagram
Something we all need: Self Care: A List
Something inspiring: Try Again
A Weekend Coffee Share: Hygge, Poetry, and Baths
A book review of Still Writing by Dani Shapiro
Some Late Night Poetry