Date and sign everything you write – including ideas, fragments and planning notes.
Take the reader on a journey to your favourite place. This may be a physical place, but it does not have to be – think as laterally as you wish.
Repeat this exercise over and over, and be surprised by the range of possibilities.
Practising this exercise will enhance your ability to write a sense of place and hold the reader’s attention through the experience.
Always have a notebook and pen/s handy to jot down ideas, make note of things you see or snippets of conversations you hear, and to record inspirational quotes.
This page is where I plan to share the Writing Tips I’ve accumulated through my own writing and the development of the Writers’ Courses I’ve facilitated. The list will grow regularly, as will my blog and other features For Writers on this website.
On this page I’ll challenge you with Writing Exercises from the Writers’ Courses I’ve developed and facilitated over the years. New tasks will be added regularly, so you can build on your writing experience and increase your skills and resources at the same time.
Check in often and enjoy the ride!
Free Writing Beyond Your Desk
Sit down ready to write. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to clear your mind.
Open your eyes and notice what is beyond your desk. Is it a blank wall… a noticeboard… a photograph… children watching television in the next room? Perhaps it’s a window that looks onto a retaining wall in the garden… a tree… or distant hills flooded with afternoon sun casting shadows to the east.
Take in the scene before you, then let your gaze settle. Now you have your starting point, pick up your pen or reach for the keyboard and begin to write as you explore what is before you.
Write for at least five minutes… or more if you can.
Each time you practise this exercise it will be easier to continue for longer.
Keep writing on your agenda – no matter what happens. Writing is as important as any other passion.
Create a writer-friendly space. A room is ideal, but even a smaller area will help you focus so long as it is dedicated to your writing.