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…
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
I’m fascinated by six-word stories. Telling an entire tale in so few words… it’s magical what we can do with language. They’re fun to write and satisfying to read. So I decided to explore these mini marvels in more detail, and see if I could pick up some tips along the way.