Lockdown Adventures: Writing with the Senses

Our reporter Gill James has been keeping herself busy with creative writing exercises during lockdown and wants you to join in with our new series Lockdown Adventures!

Over the next few weeks, there will be a different creative writing challenge set that can easily be done at home with just pen and paper or if you prefer straight on to your tablet or computer screen.

And we would love to see your work, so send us an email to [email protected] and we’ll publish them on our news site.

This week’s challenge is: Writing with the Senses

Gill said: “This always produces fabulous writing if you really get into it. Are you going out for a daily walk or run? Or maybe a little potter around in the garden every day? If you’re not able to do any of those things just have a good look out of a window. Or perhaps remember an outing you have enjoyed in the past.

What do you see?

What do you hear?

Can you smell anything?

Taste anything?

“How do you feel, in both senses of the word?  Are you hot or cold?  Are your shoes rubbing? Is the ground hard beneath your feet?  Do you feel happy, sad, hopeful? Does your mood change as you go along?

“If you’re out and about you may like to have a small notebook with you into which you can jot anything interesting that you notice. Alternatively, you could make notes on your phone. Or you might even collect a few objects. If you’d rather not stop to write, then when you’re at home just sit for a few moments and note down what you can remember.

“Now, write. Try to avoid just making a list.

“You will probably produce a piece of excellent writing but something that doesn’t have a lot of structure. You can make this into a bit more of a story later by making something happen that changes the writer a little.”

Follow up work

Gill added: “You might like to collect a few of these. You could even use them as a type of journal. Could you write one a day? A week? A month?  You may produce a very interesting record of these extraordinary times.   Maybe collect all of these in an attractive notebook and find or make pictures to go with them.

“These sorts of scenes can also turn very well into poetry that can give a very strong sense of time and place.”



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