Monthly Archives: October 2017

INKSPILL Writing Exercise 2 – The Letter

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It is important that you don’t censor yourself in this writing activity. It is just for you (unless you want to share it in the comments). Try to write freely, do not filter your thoughts, just get them all down. You can always redraft later.

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Write a Letter to your Younger Self.

Write a letter to yourself at a younger age, it could be your child-self or the person you were just a few years or decades ago.

You can offer compassion, forgiveness, advice, whatever you feel comes through.

It helps if you try to imagine the younger self you are writing to as a different person.

 

In the comments below maybe you would like to share the core message of your letter.

 

INKSPILL – Get Motivated to Write

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Writing Goals

Most of us have them right? They may be long term, monthly or daily or a combination of all three… but just like New Year Resolutions we fall off that wagon a lot don’t we? We get too tired, or procrastinate by doing housework, paperwork or reading the news. We blog to feel like we are writing, we get trapped on social networks and suddenly it’s the afternoon and we have nothing accomplished.

Well, you have made a start in the right direction this weekend because you are here, gifting yourself writing time.

 

Motivate Your Mindset

Long term goals are necessary but can often feel far away and can make us feel unaccomplished on a daily level.

Try to start small. Sit for an hour to write or use a word count limit. Remember to reward yourself for this.

The reward is key here because the satisfaction of writing isn’t tangible and sometimes we know we have put the time in but the result is bad writing, so it becomes too easy to beat ourselves up and lose motivation. Avoid the ‘what’s the point valley’!

Sit for a while and create a list of rewards.

Scroll down to see mine.

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  • A glass of wine.
  • A soak in the bath with luxury products.
  • Half an hour reading.
  • A coffee and a magazine.
  • £1.00 in the kitty for a retail treat.
  • An episode of a favourite TV programme. (I am a writer I watch far less TV than I used to!)
  • A walk in the park.
  • A coffee and cake at a favourite cafe.
  • Go out for a drink. (I am a poet, most of my social outings are work!)
  • A foot spa/ face mask/ pamper

Make sure your list is personal to you, it has to include things you really want/to do, otherwise what is the point of working towards your reward?

It also needs to be something you can do easily after you achieve your writing goal. You may want to return to your writing space and repeat another hour of writing afterwards. I wouldn’t recommend gin/wine options as rewards unless you have reached the end of your daily writing. Although Hemingway would beg to differ!

Your reward has to be special, it shouldn’t be something you would normally do. TV for me is an indulgence nowadays. If I watch any at all it is on the planner or to spend time with Mr. G.

 

The Coaching Secrets

The secret of motivation: you provide your own motivation and we all know hard work reaps rewards, eventually. ‘You get out what you put in’ and all that.

The secret of the reward: after several months of tracking daily writing with rewards you will reprogram your brain. You will associate writing as a good thing not some painful, uphill endurance task.

INKSPILL Best of British

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Paul Martin puts down antiques (although he does mention them) to talk about British Poets. A short documentary video featuring Thomas Hardy, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen and briefly Siegfried Sassoon.

 

INKSPILL 10 Inspiring Women Writers

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10 Inspiring Women Writers

Every writer is encouraged to read, to read widely and to read often. Sometimes despite the library, internet and our own over burdened bookshelves we wonder what to read next.

I love it when someone points me in a new direction – this is why reading groups are such a good idea. Since starting my WMRN Reader in Residence role I have reignited my fascination for a reading list.

Here is a link to The Culture Trip website where Lani Seelinger focuses on 10 inspiring women writers (in case the title didn’t give you enough ‘in’). You may not agree, you may have read some of the titles. Let us know what you think in the comment box and if a title jumps out at you send a note to yourself (or write it down), read it and let us know what you think after.

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Originally posted November 2016

 

INKSPILL Writing Exercise #1 – Step into a Life

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Watch this short video.

Choose a person, think about their character, write their story.

200 max. GO!

 

INKSPILL – Brain Warming

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So grab a coffee/ or a tea and have a go at these quick write activities.

Set a 2 minute timer, not near your phone or kitchen, try this one http://stopwatch.onlineclock.net/ or just type stopwatch into a search engine.

2 Minute Writes 

Write until the alarm goes off.

  • Come up with an alternative use for a common object, such as a paperclip, brick, spoon etc.

 

  • Write a story using incomplete sentences.

 

  • Use 3 unrelated words and write them into your 2 minutes. Fountain-Wrist-Cone

 

 

 

INKSPILL 2017

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Welcome to the 5th Annual Online Writer Retreat here at AWF. As with previous years I will be announcing our Guest Writers and full programme. Dive into the posts as they arrive in real time (GMT), or read and use them at your leisure. The INKSPILL posts remain unlocked and can be utilised at any time.

Simple RULES
Please FOLLOW the blog to take part in the weekend.
LIKE the post when you have read it.

I would appreciate this because I am offering you this weekend free of charge and hope that you will spread the word of the retreat to others. Also from a pure admin point if you LIKE each post after you read them I can see who’s taking part

The statistics always shoot through the roof so I know that there are a lot of people logging in and having a read. Join in, comment, send your writing, thoughts and feedback.

Here is a whistle-stop tour of the history of INKSPILL, which I created the same year as the blog 2013.

AWF 2013 I created a page on the blog which is updated annually with the COMING SOON information. https://awritersfountain.wordpress.com/inkspill/ The INKSPILL posts appear on the main blog.

The first year I ran it for 3 days and did it all by myself. Subsequent years have been 2 days and I have involved Guest Writers, who have all kindly given their time and expertise free of charge.

I owe the conception to Iyanla Vanzant who runs a Wonder Woman Weekend in USA, something I couldn’t afford to attend. I thought about the money retreats cost and how good it would be to access some material for free. As with all things in life this may change slightly in the future, for now it remains free.

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Our Guest Writers were: William Gallagher, Charlie Jordan & Heather Wastie 

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Our Guest Writers were: David Calcutt, Alison May & Daniel Sluman

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Our Guest Writers were: Deanne Gist, Gaia Harper (Foyles Young Poet 2015) & Roy McFarlane.

INKSPILL Bookshop

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INKSPILL BOOKSHOP

The INKSPILL Bookshop is open ALL HOURS. 

Our Guest Writers give their time for free and in return we give them the Bookshop. Please order their books, you will not be disappointed. 

ANTONY OWEN

thenagasakielderversionfront £9.99 or £11.50 with P&P

http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/the-nagasaki-elder.html

the dreaded boy £5.00

https://www.waterstones.com/book/the-year-i-loved-england/joseph-horgan/antony-owen/9781906309428 £10.99

Additional copies of some titles which have now SOLD OUT are available here https://antonyowenpoetry.wordpress.com/the-year-i-loved-england-news/

Costs including P&P (Signed copies)

My Father’s Eyes Were Blue £9.50

The Dreaded Boy £7.00

The I loved England £12.50

Margaret Thatcher’s Museum £7.00

 

STEPHEN DANIELS

tell mistakes £6.50 or £7.50 including P&P

http://vpresspoetry.blogspot.co.uk/p/tell-mistakes-i-love-them.html