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Order and creativity

I never thought order would be the companion to my creativity.

Actually I thought it was an obstacle because I always need to see my supplies or I don’t use them, there fore I maintained a conscious semi controlled chaos on my desk for years.

But as Jazza says in his videos, having an orderly work space is an invitation to create and invade the space in the process.

On the contrary, chaos seems prolific and creative but it is just… chaos, hence noise, hence a disturbance to express any creativity. At he end it’s something you have to deal with before starting to create.

There is a satisfaction in sorting and aligning our possessions.

Artist Lisa Congdon explored the artistic appeal of order in one of her photographic series called small things organized neatly.

For an entire year, she took pictures of her belongings and private collections, every batch being organized neatly.  And people loved it so much she was offered a book deal that pretty much launched her career as a professional artist.

For this article, I’ve decided to pay an humble homage to her work by presenting you with my erasers, organized neatly.

I got three of them with the Scrawlrbox (the Derwent, the Staedler mars eraser and the Tombow mono). Whilst already having them, I bought the Caran d’Ache and the Mono sand one.

Why ?

Because each one of them is better at erasing a particular kind of mark than the other. The Mono zero is very precise, the Mono sand gently scratches the paper allowing ink to fade away, the Caran d’Ache does wonder with graphite and the Derwent and Faber Castel form a great team for removing colored pencil without smudging the paper.

When I’m concerned, order is often antagonized by the hoarder in me. Especially when it comes to art supplies.

What about you ?

On which side are you ?

The order or the hoarder ? Do you relish in buying new arts supplies ? Which ones ?

❤ always

Inspiration exists but it has to find you at work

This post is a response to the prompt posted in the Daily post bog : order

Already on the move

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: « If You Leave. »

What would be the parameters to ponder if I had to leave a job or a geographical area. many When Would I implement such a change ?

I already did.

The beginning of the year started pretty badly for me : I had a huge angina and an huge eye infection I called an emergency doctor because I could barely stand up and my eyes were really sore. He came home, gave me a week of sick leave and prescribed antibiotics, two, one for the eye infection and another for the angina. I took the latter first and began feeling dizzy just a few seconds after. Than other symptoms arrived so quickly I called the 15 (our local 911) and they sent me an ambulance right away.

I went back home two days later, completely drained, with my remaining angina, my remaining eye infection and the aftermaths of my allergic reaction. I came home to discover the horrors of the Charly Hebdo massacre and shivered for days because we lived just 500 meters way from one of the assaillants’s apartment.

From that day on, my husband and I decided to move as soon as possible. We had been yearning to move close to the Alps mountain for a few years and knowing that my contract was ending several weeks later, we saw an opportunity. My former employer was about to move its headquarters 15 km away, which translated in more than 3 daily hours in public transportation.

I did not wish to lose this time in my day, i did not wish to see my child even less than I saw her, I did not wish to invest more in a job that clearly did not challenge me any more and offered no perspective of evolution in a near future.

My husband wished to move too and he found a new job in 3 weeks. We moved 3 months later and started a new life in a smaller town, near both our families and with the joy to be healthy again. I still havn’t found a new job but I do not worry too much. I’ll find one. I’m educated, technically skilled and able to speak english quite as well as I write it. And I cook delicious cookies for corporate parties. Someone’s gonna want these skills 😉

I do not regret the move one second. My husband, my child and I have not been to the doctor that much since we got here. Maybe once for each of us. We used to consult at least once a month for various respiratory infections and those are gone. I have absolutely no doubt that we live in a less polluted environment and that stress has less power on us now.

I’m still on the move. I have decided to enter a new course in a few days, and I am not talking about Blogging 201.

I’ll tell you more when I’ll pass 😀

Come on, Pulitzer nominee, bring the questions on

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: « Trick Questions. »

A pulitzer laureate wants to do an in depth piece about me ? Yeah, maybe in a trillion years, when’Ill be a universe-wide famous writer.

Will I be unsettled by some questions ?


Yes maybe.

What would be the three trick questions ? None.

In a interview, the questions rarely matter.

The answers make the flesh of the interview and any good journalist knows that the way someone answers a question carry just as much meaning, and sometimes more than the actual answers.

So… Trick questions… why only three ?

There’d be plenty but I’ll never fear them.

I’ll take them as an opportunity to exercise my wit and showcase my dialog paraphernalia. After all, I’m a writer and dialogs are a part of my job.

Come on, Pulitzer nominee, bring the questions on. And if you come along with Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and/or Andrew Scott, I might even answer them honestly 😉 .


Less Words, please

This post is answer to today’s prompt on the Daily Post : seven wonders.

Shiny Duchess : Seriously Dazz B, you really think I should cut all those words?

Dazzling Bianca : Yep. You gotta get to the point and fast or your reader’s gonna chose the shining BDSM vampire option. The word contingent should be invested on the action, not melodrama.

Shiny Duchess : But space cowboy’s speech is so moving. I almost wept writing it. I felt like I was pushing forward a universal truth.

Dazzling Bianca : So you wrote a version  stating Space Cowboy is a horny bastard ?

Shiny Duchess : Come on B. He just met her. Interspecies love at first sight, remember ?

Dazzling Bianca : Honestly, his declaration feels like honey-mustard sauce : uncertain taste,  dubious texture.

Shiny Duchess : I need all the lines to express the depth of his feelings.

Dazzling B : He wants to get laid. 5 words. « I want you  » only takes 3.

Shiny Duchess : Now, that’s subtle.

Dazzling Bianca : It never prevented any guy in any best seller to get laid.


Seriously, here are my seven words :  love, eat, sleep, learn, patience, yes, no

What’s the point ?

The thing with punctuation is that it is as much a part of your style as words. And just like them, each mark as a meaning and the journey to finding your voice is mandated to cross punctuation city as some point (no pun intended).

I use periods a lot 

Actually, they make themselves pretty useful when I want to introduce tension in a story. I craft short phrases and brutally end them with a period. They can mimic heartbeat. They can mimic a pounding noise. They can mimic haste. They also perfectly underline an opinion by cutting the conversation short.

I use commas a lot also

I use them as a tool to introduce an enumeratio, as a polite way to introduce an explanation or as a device to inject some air in my text. To fix a text that seems to dense,  just read it  out loud.
The missing commas, if there are any, will become obvious.

I recently discovered the discussion around oxford commas. It sounds a bit exotic to me because it is considered as a part of grammar in my country.

I’m very cautious about exclamation mark

It tends to be overwhelming. It stars as being an excitement sign, something used to emphasize joy and happyness and ands up being an injunction symbol full of imperative forms.

I prefer to deal with the words first

I also try to use all the other punctuation mark. The important thing is that I try to be intentional about this : treat them as a tool in my writer’s arsenal to craft stories.

Bottom line : I treat punctuation marks as devices with a meaning, just like words. So I’m careful about it.

To go further :

A link toward a poster that explains the punctuation jungle.

This article is a response to today’s prompt on the Daily post.

I’ll utter just one word

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: « Do you Believe in Magic?. »

Magic I’ve been granted !
Not exactly what I wanted

But I don’t really mind
I promise I’ll be kind

A home for every one
I won’t forget anyone

A request immediate
For food on their plate

A prayer for the children
To see their dreams happen

I’ll utter just one word
To give peace to the world

That’s a 1

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: « Right to Brag. »

This prompt is a real bait for me. Hey, WP editors, I’m a toddler’s mom, of course I’m gonna brag about my spawn.

So last thing she did that just blew her father and me away is paint. But not just splashes and blots on the page.

She first found a way to draw flowers by crushing the brush tip on the page, then she looked at her page and ask for another.
I called my husband to show him she has evolved from random blotches to intentional painting.
She started to draw something that looks like a comma and stopped altogether. She dipped the brush in the paint one more and did tow wide mouvements. One upward, one down all smiled all up to hear hears. Then de proudly declared : Mom ! I draw a one.

Ok. Now she knows the 10 digits, she can recognize them, she can evaluate quantity and she just move up to trying to draw them. So, I’m incredibly proud of that little human.

So here’s a question for you now : Can you guess how old she is ?

Epic modern literature adventure

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: « Ready for Your Close-up. »

The movie of my life ?
Let’s be serious, I’ll never sell the rights for a biopic, it’ll have to be a fiction.

Sara Ramirez plays me. She’s awesome.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays my husband. If He’s not available, I’ll ask Tom Hiddleston 😉


Puss in boots will play my cat Luna.


My kid won’t appear on screen. She way too young to be burdened with the shadow of a fictional life.

And my best friends will be embodied by Nathan Fillion himself, Jk Rowling herself and Elizabeth Gilbert herself.




The plot : Build a writing retreat in an ancient deserted and haunted castle.

That’ll take us all around the world.

We’ll fight pessimists, materialists, buzz kills with oxford commas to spread the joy of writing around the world and ultimately succeed and launch a new generation of fearless and hopeful writers.

Wanna chip in ?

Watch TV series, it’s good for your writing !

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: « FAQ.

i’ve been thinking about this subject for quite a while now and the daily on the Daily Post gave the perfect occasion to talk about it. Here it is : watching TV shows can help you improve your writing. in order to prepare this post , I quickly interviewed Mlle Louise and her answers did comfort my opinion.

TV series exist in a very competitive environment in which it’s easy to switch channel, stop the DVD or close the Youtube tab. They have got to hook the viewer all the way to the end despite the commercial breaks. In order to avoir the cancellation sentence, their writers have developed techniques and stratagems to sustain tension throughout the episodes. From very standardized series like CIS or NCIS to more lavish one like Downton Abbey, each end every TV series has the potential to hep us build our writer voice.

Oxygen for the brain

Tv series bring your brain necessary oxygen because they are designed to entertain the viewer. While watching them, you put yourself at the other end of the fiction, the receiving one,  you step back from your writing projects and allow your creativity to breathe.

As a viewer, you experience pace, emotional beats, sagging scenes. This approach may look like procrastination  but it’s really distance running.

Understanding what works

This viewer experience provides you with many precious informations : what you like, what moves you, what works. One identified this elements will drive you all the way to the end of your writing project, will allow you to spot what’s really necessary and leave the unnecessary bits behind.
TV series also helps you leave your comfort zone and discover new tools for your writer’s paraphernalia. Mlle Louise evokes this topic with the following words : « Good series […] allow me to see what works, mechanisms to unfold a story I wouldn’t have thought of ».

Indentify what does not work

As a writer viewer, you’re able to seize immediately what works and what doesn’t. Your sensitivity’s sharper than the average viewer who only seeks entertainment. These informations feed your overall thinking about writing. Your viewer experience infuses in your stories and with time, they improve greatly. You’re able to avoid the sagging scenes and obvious ploys.
As Mlle Louise puts it « They make me feel like improving my writing because world deserves better’.

 To go Further :

Why try to read beyond the surface of a text

 Discussion :

And you, do you watch TV shows ? Does your viewer experience influence your writing ? Please do not hesitate to leave your insight in the comments section below.



Mlle Louise’s interview 

1/Do you write fiction ? If yes what genre.

Yes. I write romance, slices of life. The angle is often about regrets, dreams and disillusions.

2/ Do you watch TV series ?

Yes, almost everyday. Among others : Teen Wolf, Brooklyn 99, Sense8, Agent Carter, How to get away with murder.

3/ According to you, what are the ingredients of a good TV show ?

On the human level : a respectful treatment  : no sexism, no racism, no ableism, no queerophobia.

Casting and characters : a fair representation of ethnicities and sexual orientations.
Scenarios : coherence, audacity, ability ti
Côté scénario : cohérence, audace/faculté de surprendre.

4/ How does your writing benefit from your tv series watching ?

Good series sustain my optimism and my imagination. They allow me to spot what works and what doesn’t, mechanisms to unfold a story I would never have thought of.

Bad series or bad episodes help me to see what does not work, what I want to avoid. They make me feel like improving my writing because the world deserves better. Registered & Protected 

Regardez des séries télévisées, c’est bon pour votre écriture !

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: « FAQ.

Je réfléchissais à ce sujet depuis quelques temps déjà et c’est le prompt du jour du Daily Post qui m’a fourni la parfaite occasion d’en parler : regarder les séries télévisées peut vous aider à améliorer votre écriture. Dans le cadre de la préparation de ce post, j’ai interviewé rapidement Mlle Louise et ses réponses ont confirmé mon opinion.

Les séries télévisées font partie d’un monde très concurrentiel où il est très facile de zapper, arrêter son lecteur DVD ou fermer sa fenêtre Youtube. Elles ont pour injonction d’accrocher le spectateur et de l’emmener jusqu’à la fin de leur épisode malgré les coupures pub.
Pour éviter la sentence d’arrêt de la série, les auteurs développent des techniques et des stratagèmes pour entretenir le suspens. Des séries très formatées comme les Experts ou NCIS aux séries déployant une narration plus poussée telles que Downton Abbey, toutes peuvent nous apporter quelque chose et nous aider à nous construire en tant qu’auteurs.

De l’oxygène pour le cerveau

Parce que les séries sont surtout conçues pour divertir le spectateur, elles apportent l’air nécessaire à votre créativité et vous permettent de sortir votre tête de vos projets d’écriture. Cette bouffée d’air frais vous permet de prendre du recul sur votre travail et d’être l personne qui « reçoit » la fiction. Spectateur, vous ressentez la tension dans les épisodes les pics émotionnels, les moments de relâchement. Pour Louise, les séries télévisées « entretiennent [son] optimisme et [son] imagination ». Cette approche, qui pourrait être considérée comme de la procrastination, s’avère plutôt être un entrainement de fond.

Comprendre ce qui fonctionne

De cette expérience de spectateur vous tirez alors une foule d’informations très précieuses, ce qui vous plaît, ce qui vous touche, ce qui fonctionne. Une fois identifiés, ces éléments sont ce qui vous fera avancer dans votre projet d’écriture, ce qui vous permettra de laisser de coté le superflu et de vous concentrer sur l’essentiel. Vous pouvez aussi sortir de votre zone de confort et découvrir des éléments qui enrichiront votre arsenal d’auteur. Louise en parle dans les termes suivants :  «Les bonnes séries […] me permettent de voir ce qui peut marcher, des mécanismes pour dérouler une histoire auxquels je n’aurais pas pensé »

Identifier ce qui ne fonctionne pas

En tant que spectateur et en tant qu’auteur, vous voyez immédiatement ce qui fonctionne et ce qui ne fonctionne pas, vous êtes certainement plus sensible que le spectateurs lambda  qui ne recherche que le divertissement. Ces informations viennent ensuite nourrir votre réflexion d’auteur et le résultat est imprégné de toutes vos expériences de spectateur. Ce constat est également vrai pour la lecture.


L’interview de Louise en intégralité


1/ Est-ce que tu écris de la fiction et si oui quel genre ?

Oui et pour le genre … Romance/tranches de vie, avec souvent comme point commun de traiter des regrets, des rêves et désillusions.

2/Est-ce que tu regardes des séries télévisées, si oui lesquelles ?

Ok quasi tous les jours. En ce moment, entre autres, Teen Wolf, Brooklyn 99, Sense8, Agent Carter, How to get away with murder

3/ Quels sont pour toi les ingrédients d’une bonne série ?

Côté humain, traitement des sujet avec un angle respectueux, sans sexisme, racisme, ableisme (discrimination des personnes handiapées), queerphobie.

Coté personnages/casting, représentation queer et diversité ethnique.
Côté scénario : cohérence, audace/faculté de surprendre.

4/ Quels sont les bénéfices de ton visionnage de série pour ton écriture ?

Les bonnes séries entretiennent mon optimisme et mon imagination, me permettent de voir ce qui peut marcher, des mécanismes pour dérouler une histoire auxquels je n’aurais pas penser.

Les mauvaises séries ou mauvais épisodes me permettent de voir ce qui ne fonctionnent pas, ce que je veux éviter et me donnent envie de faire mieux parce que le monde mérite mieux.

Pour aller plus loin : 

Garder le cap en cours d’écriture : Magna carta et Memento de motivation

Pourquoi lire au delà de la surface d’un texte

Discussion :

Et vous, regardez-vous des séries télévisées ? Est-ce que votre expérience de téléspectateur nourrit votre écriture ? N’hésitez pas à laisser votre point de vue en commentaire c-dessous. Registered & Protected