Origins – where words come from…
Choose one or a few words that you like or find interesting. Delve into their etymology, their origins and their transformations over time. What stories have you found? Share them with us.
In her book Creative Journal Writing, Stephanie Dowrick refers to free writing as ‘the life force of creative journal writing, that giving yourself permission to write freely, without judging, comparing and censoring is the greatest gift.’
Free writing is simply the practice of writing anything, your internal monologue, habitually, every day for 20 minutes, (more or less). If you are stuck, you can write about what that feels like, you can repeat words, make mistakes, have a nonsensical conversation with yourself or the page.
The only rule is to write, regularly, to stick with it.
This week’s theme or starting point is to write about writing.
How does it make you feel? Why do you write?
There are places, iconic places that are immediately recognisable, even if you have never been there. Each country, each culture has their own. We make touristic pilgrimage to many of them if we can. Make a list of landmarks you have visited. Think about landmarks nearby, landmarks that are part of your daily landscape. What are their stories? What do they mean to you? Some of of you might recognise this one.
For me, it seems there is not much difference between wondering and wandering. It has always helped me find inspiration. Creative dabbling is good for the soul, I couldn't imagine life without it and often surprise myself by what I come up with.