ABOUT PRACTICAL CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISES
THE POWER OF WRITING EXERCISES
I have been writing and making up stories since I was a child. However, that doesn’t mean I always developed those ideas, or finished writing those stories.
Although I love writing there were some times in my life when for various reasons I didn’t do very much writing at all.
As we all know, sometimes life can be difficult and there were times when I struggled and felt very overwhelmed. Most writers I know feel like that at various times in their lives.
However, despite feeling lost as a writer, I did have ideas and I tried very hard to work with them. But I just wasn’t in the right place mentally. When I look back I think of those times as my ‘barren’ periods. Some of those periods lasted for six months to a year.
Not that I was sitting around twiddling my pen, or staring into space because I was still busy.
As a struggling single parent my energy went into working at various jobs, paying bills and surviving. That’s just the way it was.
If I ever feel regret for those times I remind myself that if my life had been different I would be a different person with a different life now.
To be honest, despite the ups and downs I like my life now. Unless you are extremely lucky, ups and downs are part of life. I have found accepting this helps bring about peace of mind.
THE SILVER LINING
My life has changed a great deal in the last few years and I think the catalyst for those changes came from illness and two separate accidents which left me with leg injuries and mobility problems.
I admit this was a very challenging period of my life. I had only recently moved house to be close to the Burren in Galway and now found myself looking at those gorgeous hills through my window but unable to get there.
I had no family in the area and knew nobody. I had problems coping with the lack of independence and isolation that reduced mobility brings with it. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger?
There were a number of leg and foot surgeries to get through and recover from but I recovered very well. It wasn’t all black clouds either, as my clouds proved to have silver linings – eventually.
Before the accidents I wrote part-time and taught part-time. My first accident coincided with the economic recession here in Ireland and cutbacks meant that teaching jobs became more and more scarce.
HOW I MADE MYSELF INDEPENDENT
Finding myself in this situation made me want to be more financially independent so I set about learning about websites and did some training courses.
Because of my experience in teaching beginner writers I had the idea to make a site that would provide practical help and support to people who are starting out in their writing career.
It took me a while to learn about websites but I was quite determined and once I became familiar with the WordPress system it got easier. Soon this site was ready and getting bigger every day and I loved the creative process.
I am back to my beloved hill-walking and I am happy writing, working on my sites, and developing several ideas simultaneously.
One of my ideas was to write a book of practical creative writing exercises. I know from my teaching days that one of the best ways to get writers writing is to set them an exercise.
If you have visited this site before you will know that I am a great believer in writing exercises and writing regularly.
I developed all the creative writing exercises myself and drew on my experience teaching writing students. I had learned what got results.
HOW TO ACCESS YOUR CREATIVITY
My hope is that the book will inspire people to explore the world of writing. Some people were put off writing by the boring school essays they were forced to write and to me this is a shame.
I know I have gained a lot from my own writing and I feel strongly that everybody can benefit from accessing their own creativity.
I believe it is hugely beneficial for our mental health to use our creativity in whichever way we can. Whether you write for personal or professional reasons the pleasure and freedom you give yourself through writing makes it one of the most rewarding creative activities there is.
I have now finished the book and am delighted to say that Practical Creative Writing Exercises is now available at all good online retail outlets.
I am really grateful to all of you who commented and thanked me for the free creative writing exercises on this site. You really inspired me to write the book.
Coming to the final stages of a project is exciting, exhilarating and honestly quite terrifying – not unlike a good book.
So I hope you’ll wish me luck and I wish you good luck with your writing too.
P.S. Don’t forget if you have any writing problems, or queries I am always happy to help, so go right ahead and leave your comments and queries in comments box below.