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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 📄

The Benefits of Writing by Hand 📄

Clarify your thoughts, write a great first draft Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash Computers, phones and other gadgets are essential to everyday life. With their convenience and speed, we use them to communicate daily. But for reflective, exploratory writing, writing that's just for you, I'm a firm believer that writing by hand is much more effective than… Continue reading The Benefits of Writing by Hand 📄

A Letter to My Younger Self 📄

But which one? Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash A letter to my younger self. I admit that I thought this would an easy little exercise. But then I sat down to write... To what age me should I address this letter? Which of the many people I've been? On considering the options, a certain song by Frank… Continue reading A Letter to My Younger Self 📄

How Julie’s Subconscious Memo Helped Reduce Her Stress 📄

When Julie was writing in her notebook recently, a nine-word observation by her subconscious appeared on the page. As a result, she made a simple change that has reduced her everyday stress. Each evening, Julie prepares four sides of paper in her notebook. Three are for her morning pages – the stream-of-consciousness brain dump long… Continue reading How Julie’s Subconscious Memo Helped Reduce Her Stress 📄