I was given a prompt at a recent workshop to write about a naughty pet. Immediately my mind flew to this picture of my sister-in-law’s new puppy showing total unconcern at the chaos he’d caused.
Category: writing practice
Writers are supposed to be solitary creatures, artists starving in garrets, viewing the world from a rarefied, literary viewpoint.
….light the corners of my mind
I have recently completed a free online creative writing course with the Open University and FutureLearn which I heartily recommend to anyone new to writing fiction or writers with a bit of experience who want to get back to basics and receive informed feedback on their work.
I’ve always been resistant to the idea of keeping a journal or using Morning Pages to get the creative juices flowing but the course tutors suggested that for some of us carrying a notebook called “research” might be a way to get over this self-imposed block. BINGO! Now I use it to jot down random things I hear or see, passing thoughts I have and snippets of useful information and no longer feel guilt that it’s not full of flowing, cursive script of delicious descriptions and wise insights!
I recently entered the Rough Guides Travel Writing competition – even though I am way outside the demographic!
The focus was mainly on young people planning or experiencing a Gap Year – but I think we can all take time out of our lives for a bit of travel, whatever our age.
I recently went on a day long course as part of a writing festival in Hove, dedicated to the art of flash fiction writing.
Now FF is something I’ve dabbled with a bit, just for fun, as I think it hones a writer’s skills, and certainly makes you brutal with your editing – every word has to count.
Morning pagesHot penningWriter’s journalJottings Whatever you call it, do you have a daily writing ritual? And does it help? Last week I was playing around…