Writing freely

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Read lots. Write lots. There is a real benefit to making freewriting a frequent, even daily, habit. The more you write, the more fluent you become. Confidence grows. And you are likely to find yourself playing, experimenting. Freewriting is for you alone. You can write whatever you wish. It can be freeing in many ways. … Continue reading Writing freely

Doll and Teddy

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23rdJune 2021, iwas National Writing Day in the UK. First Story, the organisation behind it, organised lots of resources, available at the National Writing Day website: https://firststory.org.uk/writeday/ This year’s theme, after a year of lockdown and isolation, is ‘Connection’.  There are so many ways of thinking and writing about connections. Here is one with the very … Continue reading Doll and Teddy

My Place

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‘People exploitwhat they have merely concluded to be of value, but the defendwhat they love and to defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.’ Wendell Berry Robert Macfarlane quotes Berry in his book Landmarks, drawing attention to the moral dimension of looking closely and naming carefully.  We could begin … Continue reading My Place

‘Two workmen muttering’

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In his book, Learning by Teaching, Donald Murray characterises the act of writing as a muttered conversation between two people at a workbench:  The act of writing might be described as a conversation between two workmen muttering to each other at the workbench.  The self speaks, the other self listens and responds. The self proposes, the other self … Continue reading ‘Two workmen muttering’