the writer is a lonely hunter

writing by Gail Aldwin and other Dorset writers

Blog swap with Vikki Thompson

I’d like to introduce you to Vikki Thompson – she is a prolific blogger and enthusiastic writer – someone I’ve been following for a few months.  She writes a post almost everyday and she has some great ideas and prompts for writing. Today, we’ve decided to do a blog-swap, so if you want to find out more about me, you’ll have to visit Vikki’s place.  In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this interview with Vikki.

When did you start blogging and why?
I started blogging last year on my Blogspot Blog, as a form of communication with my tutor on a Creative Writing course. I already had the WordPress Blog set up as I’d dabbled a bit whilst doing National Write a Novel Month (Nano for short) in November. I started blogging at The View Outside every day at the beginning of January this year. It was a personal challenge as I was also embarking on a prompt a day (from Judy Reeves’ book A Writer’s Book of Days) and I wanted a record of my writing journey.
How many followers do you have and how did you acquire them?
As of today I have 168 followers, which I’m really pleased about, and thankful for. I know it doesn’t sound like much, but I’d rather have 150 followers who make lots of comments, than 500 followers who don’t comment, if that makes sense 😉 I’m not sure how I acquired them lol, I was, and am shocked, that people want to read what I have to say. I couldn’t have wished for more really 🙂
How much time do you spend working on your posts and how does this affect your writing projects?
I used to do my posts daily, but now, I always work a couple of days in advance. I use the scheduling feature, which I discovered whilst doing the A-Z Challenge (I wrote a blog each day of April creating characters with names from A-Z). When I get an idea for a blog post I write a little outline on my iPad and save it to the drafts (I use the WordPress App) and come back to it later. On average I spend about 2 hours a day, just doing blog orientated stuff. Oh gawd yeah! Lol….I find myself blogging instead of writing lol, but, I love blogging, I love the interaction and communication with other bloggers, so that makes it worth it.
How does your interest in visual arts impact on your writing?
A couple of years ago I started doing collages (you can see a selection on my Flickr page which included words, so it was kind of a natural progression to take up writing. I’ve always been inspired by photography and take a lot of photos which I use to inspire stories and scenes in my writing. I love the connection between words and images, so visual art has a huge impact on my writing. Even in my note books I write with different colour pens so that visually, it’s more interesting when I flick back through them searching for ideas 🙂
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