We did great writing it all out in 2020. I am so grateful you came to join me. If you are anything like me, you may have some catching up to do, so thankfully we can re-visit any of the units and prompts any time we like! You can do them in any order, pick out what appeals to you or do the same one over and over!
I love it most when we share, encourage and interact. It creates a magical and inspiring sense of connection that is exactly what we all need these days, so don’t hesitate, be brave and put it out there, this is a safe space and please always feel free to ask questions, if I can’t answer them, I’m sure one of us can.
For 2021, I’m freshening up the format and will now post four prompts at the beginning of each month, one for each week, as a document which can be found in the menu. This allows time to ponder, meditate and write or journal at a pace that suits you best. I will also throw in a sprinkle of tarot guidance, book/film inspiration and the occasional playlist when the feeling grabs me!
Thank you for being here and I look forward to sharing creatively with you all again.
Write a letter to yourself. This letter will be full of your intentions for 2021, manifesting dreams and desires for today, tomorrow and beyond. Seal it, make a wish and send it out to the universe. Keep your letter in a special place for later.
Second skin. Use this as a title or theme for your weekly writing. Make it free or give it structure. Let it flow.
Poetic cloth. Describe this. Tell a story, write a poem or a song to sing…
Research a historical figure that you admire or who incites curiosity. Try to make it someone you don’t know much about. Takes notes or make a list of interesting bits, find a picture of them and then, introduce them to us.
Because I let time get away, I'm catching up!
Wrapping up 2020 and still quietly contemplating my intentions for 2021.
I stuck this together,
in a kind attempt to not overload your inbox,
though I've more to ponder,
more to say,
so please excuse the spurt of activity...
it will pan out and find a rhythm soon!
This is me keeping track of myself.
Seems I'm a mixed media human too!
with peculiar consistency,
slow and steady,
full of wonder and dreaminess,
overwhelmed with happy-sad emotions,
inspiration and desire,
wishing to do everything
contradictory and nonsensical,
I am me.
It got way too hot, too soon!
counting down school weeks
going through the motions
staying up late
Before I knew it, 2020 was gone!
December was a blur even though it felt slow.
I headed to the coast.
I caught a summer cold and got my first covid test.
Grey days and regular rain have been glorious.
I stretched myself out, continuing some pottery glazing and helping friends at their native plant nursery.
It is a crazy month for making as the days fill up with end of year stuff, so there will be catch up to do.
I tend to get quiet and reflective this time of year.
It certainly has been ripe with emotional upheavals!
Last months heat has evened out and the festive season was cooler and wetter than it has been for years, so refreshing.
Check it twice!
Last minute Christmas list making!
Share your wish list with us...make it naughty & nice, wacky & wild, mindful, fun and creative.
In a little end of year flourish, it’s time to turn the tables and get some fun interaction happening.
Nothing like an informal interview to get to know someone.
Your challenge...write a list of twenty questions for others to respond to...AND, answer as many of everyone else’s questions as you can!
Chances are we may ask lots of similar questions, so it should be easy and interesting discovering unusual questions.
Silly season, unspoken obligations & haziness.
Tis the season to be jolly...or a little crazy...or lost...what does the silly season do for you? Make it as silly as you like!
Social, familial or self-inflicted, unspoken obligations hang around in the shadows, most of the time we don't even think about them and other times they feel like they're coming at us from every direction!
Do they actually exist or do we create them?
Can you list them, identify them for what they are?
Can you make a little light fun of them?
When something throws you out of whack and things are blurry around the edges…what do you do?
Sometimes blurry edges and haziness are comfy...where do you find your blurry haziness?
Alchemy, terms & conditions and tragic indulgences
Research and reflection required as you delve into alchemy.
Follow the link for some background info. When you are ready, share your everyday magic with us.
Considering we are agreeing to these and blindly signing our souls away on a regular basis, I thought I'd share this clever book by Robert Glancy with you.
I read it a few years back, follow the link to read my review, definitely worth a read.
What are your Terms & Conditions, fantasy or reality?
Come on, we all have them...don't be shy!
Make a little (or long) list of all your
I'm talking the cringey things your friends bag you for, be it sappy romance novels, The Brady Bunch Variety Show or cat videos...note them down and share them with us!
formula fun & mindful walking...
Formulas are fun and make writing easy. So we’ll keep it simple and play around with some I found in Image and Write...Poetry
By Karin K. Hess
Line #1: Write three ing words Examining, studying, testing,
Line #2: I am I am searching for a cure
Line #3: Write three adjectives Tired, tense, drained
Line #4: I feel I feel so close...
CAPTURING THE MOMENT
This formula freezes an instant and examines various aspects of it.
Line #1: Adverb or Adjective Asleep
Line #2: I was I was dreaming
Line #3: Verb or Adjective Content
Line #4: I am I am not alone
Line #5: Verb or Adjective Comforted
Line #6:I will I will try again
Line #7: Verb or Adjective Refreshed
Line #8: Now Now I can.
Line #1: What if
Line #2: I might (leave a space between lines 2 & 3)
Line #3: What if
Line #4: I could
Line #5: What if
Line #6: I would (leave a space between lines 6 & 7)
Line #7: Ask a question
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
- THICH NHAT HANH
Walking is a technique of solitude, a way into reverie. The walker is not a sleepwalker but a daydreamer. - DEIRDRE HEDDON
If you seek creative ideas go walking. Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk. - RAYMOND INMON
All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Last week we went on pilgrimage within ourselves, this week, let’s go for a little wander. Contemplate these words while walking somewhere lovely, then let your words wander on the page…
The key, Hey Presto & making pilgimage.
What are your key words?
What does this image open in you?
What would your key look like?
Use your key words to open all those free writing doors...
Ever dreamed of making inanimate objects real?
Here is your chance.
This is a cute book to use with students or to offer to a young wordsmith. It is fun, colourful and informative, set out with space to write directly in the book!
Try it out with this little test run on personification.
We continue to explore our Fruitflesh with Gayle Brandeis.
What and where are you made up of?
Follow the prompt and take us on a tour…
The witching hour, more bones and flesh.
There is a time in the day that is just right, your time, when all is quiet and your mind has room to move…or not.
I tend to be a night owl, pottering into the night without realising. Others are early birds and love to watch the sun come up. Maybe there is a time related quote that resonates with you, if so share it with us and free write your time away!
Back to basics and Natalie Goldberg, (among others), has it covered.
A little bit of stress often creeps into our creative endeavours. Wondering if we'll get it right, have natural talent, understand or fear of the blank canvas or white page.
Overthinking it makes you more anxious, so ...
go with the flow,
set achievable goals like keeping the pen moving,
writing the first thing that comes to mind,
not worrying about spelling and grammar,
remembering that there is no wrong or right,
and most importantly, enjoy yourself!
I have pretty much read similar advice in many of the creative writing books I’ve come across. Finding your time, choosing your tools, creating your rituals…its all part of the process.
So lets perform a little experiment.
Grab a handful of as many different writing tools and materials as you can find at hand.
Experiment writing with them all.
Write in different locations, with or without music, with incense or birdsong or complete stillness. Make a feather quill and dip it in some real ink, dribble those slurps of tea onto the page and tell us what works best for you.
yle Brandeis’ book Fruitflesh is divided into earthy chapters following the cycle of life: seeds, roots, trunk, branches, leaves, buds, flowers, fruit, seeds.
Within each are little stories and anecdotes, connecting this same cycle back to the lush richness of our bodies and all the rites of passage of life, turning each thought into a moment of reflection, a metaphor, a writing prompt.
If you read the Intro last week, you will have a sense of the fruitfulness she speaks of; perhaps you feel it within yourself already. It is beautifully crafted and incredibly inspiring, celebrating each step of the feminine voyage.
This week we are rummaging around in our cellars...
Check the images for the prompt.
Inspiration, bones and fruit flesh.
For as long as I have felt the urge to write, I have discovered and been inspired by other writers.
You may have guessed by now, that inspiration comes to me from all around; lists, words, sounds, the senses, nature, books, views, everyday routine, art, people… Really it is endless, anything and everything!
Let’s go with that idea.
Free write a list of what inspires you.
Writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg
I bought this book in august 2001 and my copy is in French. It was exactly what I needed at that moment in time and I have underlined and highlighted many pages.
Writing is a wonderfully tactile activity. I have always enjoyed the preparation, the tools and the materials as much as the physical act itself.
Sometimes ritual is involved, sometimes it is spontaneous. Ultimately, getting the words out is the most important, though it is lovely to linger on posture, on place and position, on how your hands move with your chosen tools, of the sounds you make and the rhythm you create. Much inspiration comes through our processes, through those beginning moments, where Natalie Goldberg explains we choose the tools that work best for us, whether by desire or necessity.
What are your tools? Do you use a special pen, a certain journal, a typewriter or laptop? How do you make your marks? Check out Youtube for some feather quill instructions!
Fruitflesh by Gayle Brandeis
This is a luscious book.
This is one of those books that I wish I wrote for so many reasons and I know it will appeal to many of my creative sisters out there!
To whet your appetite, I am including just the intro and the very beginning of chapter two, for you to work with.
If you can find a copy, buy it for sure!
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.