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Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf

New perspectives: A time travel writing experiment

Browsing through Twitter recently, this headline caught my eye: ‘6 Ways to Manipulate Time in Fiction’. There’s something really appealing about defying the laws of time. And it got me thinking about how the same story can offer a whole new experience when you play around with the timings. Here’s what happened to Little Red Riding Hood when we tried a time travel experiment together…

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Blue sky and bubbles

What to do when you can’t find the words

Some days my writing flows naturally and on others it takes patience and a huge dose of self-compassion. On those more challenging days, it helps to remind myself of one simple thing…

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Pink tulips and heart

An acrostic about writing for relaxation

It’s been a little while since I posted. Things have been quiet for me on the blogging front lately, but I haven’t been idle. I’m putting together a book all about writing for relaxation.

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Journal and pen

How to start a memoir: warm up ideas and activities

Want to write a memoir? Where should you start? Perhaps you’d like to play around with ideas and see where they take you. If so, here are a selection of memoir writing activities to help get the creative juices flowing.

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Alarm clock in a field with flowers

3 quick creative writing activities

When you’re short on time, it’s handy to have some quick creative writing activities you can turn to at a moment’s notice. Here are three that I’m enjoying right now. They’re fun, straightforward and versatile.

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Magical library open to the sky

10 interesting images for creative writing

They say, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’. But which words, exactly? For me, that’s where the fun begins. In this post, I’ve gathered together ten interesting images to use as starting points for creative writing. Free the words within the pictures and see what happens.

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Books stacked up

What’s the secret to successful spine poetry?

Spine poetry is a delightfully simple concept. Take a selection of books, arrange them in a stack so the titles flow when read one after the other, and there you have a poem! But is it really that straightforward? Occasionally I’ll glance at a pile of books and wonder what sort of poem they would produce. Often the answer is: ‘a very strange one’. So, what’s the secret to successful spine poetry?

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Cropped puzzle painting: green, blue and pink swirls on pink paper

How to make a four-piece poetry puzzle

My girl came home from nursery this week with a puzzle she had painted. As I matched up the colourful swirls, I thought the whole thing was such a lovely idea that I felt inspired to make my own – except mine would use words. It would be a poetry puzzle.

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wooden heart decorations with daisies

Writing prompt: ‘The Way It Is’ by William Stafford

This New Year’s Eve gave me a memory that I’ll treasure – a lovely moment with my daughter. At the same time, I rediscovered ‘The Way It Is’ by William Stafford. A poem about life and its journey, Stafford’s words caused me to ask: ‘what thread will lead me through this coming year?’ Taking his poem as my writing prompt, I began to explore.

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Christmas lights and tree

A poem for Christmas – and a festive quiz

Christmas songs are all around and those catchy tunes keep getting stuck in my head. So I thought I’d have a little fun and create a poem out of my favourite lyrics. Read on for the result – and see if you can guess the songs.

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