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Practice #34

The radio hums along in the kitchen, the birds are singing in the garden, the bus heaves its way around the corner. I must be sat at my desk again. So must you. Set your timer for five minute intervals. When it rings, move on to the next topic. Don’t think too hard. A favourite childhood ritual The unusual pet Things that are encouraging Describe your feet Who [...]

By |March 17th, 2016|Practices|0 Comments

Practice #33

Season of mists… Things looking a bit gloomy out of the window? Hurray! Now we can stay in and write! Set your timer for five minute intervals. When it rings, move on to the next topic. Don’t think too hard. Unexpected finds at a car boot/yard sale When my hair is grey I will... Things that are finished Describe a playground game you remember playing [...]

By |September 18th, 2014|Practices|0 Comments

Practice #32: Restriction is the Malicious Aunt of Invention

In general I'm not a fan of restriction. Purposefully limiting yourself, like refusing to eat carbs, or drink any wine at all in January, only narrows your life in a meaningless way. What does it prove? That you can willingly conquer your own body, or your own desires? What things to want victory over. In writing, however, restriction becomes something else. It becomes a very [...]

By |March 11th, 2014|Practices|1 Comment

Practice #31

Oh my, is it raining again? I barely noticed, I was so engrossed in my keyboard... I'm too despondent about the weather, climate change, the planet being doomed etc etc, so I'm just rocking it old school today. Set your timer for five minute intervals. When it rings, move on to the next topic. Don’t think too hard. rainbow going downhill too fast Things that [...]

By |February 11th, 2014|Practices|0 Comments

Practice #Seasonal Writing

There is a very good reason I added in all the Christmas prompts to the newsletter. It's the same reason you should take armfuls of photos and notes whenever you're on holiday anywhere. It's this: You think you'll remember, but you don't. Or maybe you do, but you won't be able to recall all those tiny details that make something feel truly real to a [...]

By |January 7th, 2014|Practices|0 Comments

Practice #30 – Thursday edition

Thursday. The weekend is almost here. Monday's resolutions seem far behind us. What sustains us in these difficult twenty four hours of transition? Habit. Here's a special Thursday prompt, just in case you felt like taking the day off and going hat shopping, or anything like that. Five minute prompt: pin cushion Go! Write! If you've signed up for the newsletter (you have, haven't you?) [...]

By |December 12th, 2013|Practices|0 Comments