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
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
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
Client A had worked long and hard trying to build a creative career. While she’d seen some success, in recent years things had waned, and she’d spent a lot of time producing work that didn’t sell. Her days were structured around giving a few hours of morning prime time to this creative endeavour, but this… Continue reading TFW Client Stories – the eyes of others
I received an email from Andrew Seaman at LinkedIn News. He wants to know my thoughts on the “Great Resignation” some are predicting will occur as a result of COVID-19. Lockdown, working from home and bereavements have changed perspectives regarding work. He wants to know what advice I’d give to those “making a shift right… Continue reading The Big Shift
I have an obsession with time and dates. It’s reflected in everything I write. If when watching telly I see a clock in the background, or can make out the face of someone’s watch, I’ll note the time. If the programme’s old I’ll check out the “first aired” date, then try to work out where… Continue reading Do you remember a guy that’s been?
Following on from my previous post, Progress?, here's my latest piece for the Royal Literary Fund's online magazine, Collected: Typeface: in Praise of Typewriters. You can find my previous Collected-related post here. I'm a writer, Royal Literary Fund Fellow, and Advisory Fellow. Find out more, tweet me, or email.
As far as I'm concerned these two devices allow me to do exactly the same thing: write. They're both portable, admittedly one more so than the other, yet they couldn't be more different. One cost me around a thousand pounds, the other fifty. One of them is less than a year old and will probably… Continue reading Progress?