The Garden – a TFW Writing Exercise

Image courtesy of the author This simple little writing exercise should help get your creative juices flowing, and also engender a sense of calm. Imagine yourself in the perfect garden. Explore and describe this garden through writing. This is your garden. Don’t be constrained by realities. This garden can be anything and anywhere you want… Continue reading The Garden – a TFW Writing Exercise

The Evening Check-in – Reflecting on the Day

A valuable companion to morning pages Image courtesy of the author We rush through life: wake up, check the phone, walk the dog, dash to work, grab a coffee, lunch at the desk, trawl through emails, go home, have a quick dinner, watch a bit of telly, then sleep for a few hours until we… Continue reading The Evening Check-in – Reflecting on the Day

Ulysses knocks Scrivener off pedestal

I’m a long-time Scrivener fan. I’ve given workshops on Scrivener. I loved it so much I negotiated a discount for members of The Writers’ Guild of Great Britain. I've been as loyal as a dog to this app. But I’ve just subscribed to Ulysses, and love it. Here's why... I bought Ulysses some years ago,… Continue reading Ulysses knocks Scrivener off pedestal

Giving Away Dad’s Sax

The old man's gone, but the music lives on Photo by Molnár Bálint on Unsplash It's approaching the third anniversary of Mark’s dad's death. And he’s just given away the old man's saxophone. It was the day of their son's graduation. Mark and his wife, Sue, went to the university for the ceremony, accompanied by Mark's mum, Mary.… Continue reading Giving Away Dad’s Sax

Morning Pages

In a previous post, I mentioned morning pages; if you’re not familiar with the idea, this is what it’s all about. The term “morning pages” comes from Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way. This is an inspirational book for anyone interested in exploring creativity, or who feels their creative impulse is floundering. I was first… Continue reading Morning Pages

The Writer as Outsider

It's OK to be you As writers, we observe and analyse, document and comment, our own feelings and opinions thinly veiled behind the exploits of allegedly fictional characters. A certain level of detachment is essential if we're to be at all effective in our craft. As writers are typically introverts, this tends to come easily.… Continue reading The Writer as Outsider