A date with your inner writer

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I have started a writing course two weeks ago with the ‘Writers Bureau’ and for my first assignment I had to visit a place and describe it using all five senses. So today I made a special trip to a cafe called ‘The Engine Room’ in Dorchester. The reason why I chose this cafe was because they do a wide range of gluten free cake, which is great because I can still go out and have a treat without going off my new diet plan.

I wanted to share this experience with you as this is a great exercise if you feel stuck and you feel like nothing creative is coming from your brain, or pen 😉 The brief for the assignment was to be observant and use all senses when describing a place. It had to be a special visit. They were suggesting a market, fair, a place of historical interest, sporting event, a cafe or a restaurant. I took my pen and notebook along and noted down everything I could hear, smell, see, feel and taste. The word limit was 300-500 words. I was only in the cafe for 30 minutes but I had a long list of notes and when it came to writing them up I found that I was well over the word limit. I had to take a lot out to match the criteria, but if you are stuck and you are not confined to a word limit this little bit of writing could help jump start your writing 😉 I really enjoyed the task. it showed me how easy it is to just write. I often feel like I am lacking inspiration and motivation, but making a special visit to somewhere, knowing I would use it to write made me feel quite excited. i think I am going to use this method more often to get me to write. It’s like a date with your inner writer x

Yes or No and Share your gifts

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This may sound really weird to you now. Sometimes when I need an answer for a question that keeps me up at night I do this yes or no oracle thing. For example there is a job at the moment, I have applied for and which I really really want. At the moment they are deciding who to invite for an interview, and I am hoping it will be me! So what I did and do in a lot of these situations. I have two pieces of paper and write yes on one and no one the other. Then I fold them up really small and shake them in my hands. Whichever paper falls out first will give me the answer to my question. This sounds mad I know, but has worked on many occasions. So I asked if I will get this particular job and the paper that fell out was no. I couldn’t accept the answer so I did it several more times and the answer was always no. Now do you think I am mad to believe in this? You probably do. The fact is I really would like this job, but the Universe seems to give me the answer: No! I guess I have to wait and see what happens during the week.

Another thing I occasionally do is asking Oracle cards. I have this set that is called: The Answer Is Simple. I shuffle them and then ask the question I would like an answer to. You can of course just shuffle them and see which card you pick, without a specific question. Today I picked this card:

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Share your gifts! That made me think about my gifts. I believe that one of my gifts is writing, so I thought I write this blog to make a start. I am now making a list of my other gifts and possibilities for sharing them. Have you ever noticed that it is really hard to find your gifts, or positive things about you, but how easy it is to find the things you are not good at or that you don’t like about yourself. Give it a go and write down your gifts and see how you could share them. Share your gifts, I dare you 😉 x

Collaborative Writing

As I mentioned before I am going to a creative writing class on a Tuesday evening. Last night we did an excercise that encouraged us to write collaboratively. The tutor spread cut out pictures of random people from a magazine on a table and we all had to chose one. Then we were asked to give this person a name. The next step was to find 5 adjectives to describe the person’s appearance and then 5 adjectives to describe their characteristics. Then we had to write down three things that person likes and finally who that person lives with. Then we had to start our story with the sentence it was a dark and stormy night 😉 …and add the characters name and write to more sentences. Then we had to swap our paper with another person in the room and they also had to add two more sentences, taking into consideration the information that was noted down in the beginning. Once that was done, we swapped one more time and added another two sentences to somebodies story. In total we swapped four times. The last picture we received, we had to somehow conclude the story. Then we each read out the final outcome of the collaborative stories. It was great fun and some stories took a surprising turn.

I liked that activity because it took me out of my usual comfort zone, which is crime. I ended up with a quite steamy story about a hot plumber that cam round to fix the pipes, or did he? As I said I am usually not into the whole erotic romance genre writing, but to make sense of the story I had to go with the previous person had written. We laughed a lot. It was great fun to collaborate on a story and it was a good activity to take you out of your usual style and adapt to what the previous people had written, to somehow make the story coherent. It was interesting to see where your original character ended up. If you want to spice up your writing why not join up with somebody else. French and Saunders have done this very successfully for many years.

Gluten and Dairy free Banana Muffins


I won’t post recipes very often as I am really not into cooking and baking, but with this new regime I am on I made a batch of Banana Muffins. They are gluten and dairy free and contain no added sugar, just the sweetness of the bananas.

Here is the recipe. It doesn’t tell you that the baking time is 20 minutes, but keep an eye on them as 180 maybe a bit to hot if you have a fan oven: