Exercise #1

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.

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