Sunday, 11 October 2015

Writing - What people say.

There is an awful lot of opinion expressed about social media; there's a considerable number of theories about the dangers of social media; there are tons of rubbish written on social media; but, the fact is that it is people writing their thoughts and opinions.

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Such sites as Trip Advisor, World Travel, booking.com and so on provide a platform for people to express opinions about places that they've visited.

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John Cooper Clarke

Dr John Cooper Clark, punk performance poet, has produced a poem for #NationalPoetryDay about the coast of Britain #lovethecoast. He has worked with a number of people and collected their thoughts about the coast. Here are some of his lines,

Nation’s Ode to the Coast
A big fat sky and a thousand shrieks
The tide arrives and the timber creaks
A world away from the working week
Ou est la vie nautique?
That’s where the sea comes in…
Dishevelled shells and shovelled sands,
Architecture all unplanned
A spade n bucket wonderland
A golden space, a Frisbee and
The kids and dogs can run and run
And not run in to anyone
Way out! Real gone!
That’s where the sea comes in
Impervious to human speech, idle time and tidal reach
Some memories you can’t impeach
A nice cuppa splosh and a round of toast
A cursory glance at the morning post
A pointless walk along the coast
That’s what floats my boat the most
That’s where the sea comes in….
That’s where the sea comes in
A really good way of expressing about a part of the natural world. That is not to say that you can easily produce work, either poetry or prose, by cobbling together quotes from people, but with time and effort you can filter out a collective view of somewhere that could help you in your writings.
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Ribblehead Viaduct

Yorkshire Dales
Having travelled north from Leeds on the train for half an hour, the scenery opened out to reveal the famous dales with breathtaking views and a seemingly endless vista which was simply stunning. As the train curved through green valleys a view of the Ribblehead viaduct came into view, an imposing structure that is both impressive and interesting.
It really doesn't matter what genre you write to, but if you are writing about a place that exists, it is possible to find real human impressions of the place. In the short paragraph above there are the reports from four different people. Obviously, you can visit places yourself but sometimes that isn't possible, and on the social media sites there is a wealth of material available. So as writers don't be too dismissive of sources.
God Bless