Free writing: some new prompts

Shadow – London, in lockdown – late March 2020

Good morning, on a sunny Saturday in London.

Here are some more free writing prompts as optional mind distraction. Nothing needs to be perfect or polished – it’s about letting the mind flow without constant stopping to tidy things up.

This week’s suggestions, which again come courtesy of the generous Saraswathi Sukumar, should take your mind along brand new paths. I hope they might inspire you to have a go.

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Free writing: the words we doodled (1)

Blossom – London 2020 (photograph by Sonia Jallane)

Hello from me in London, where the pavements are almost empty, and birds chorus from every tree they can find. It’s bizarre.

I hope that wherever you are there are snatches of peace in the midst of this new reality. Perhaps these pieces will help – a poem, and some more free writing responses to last week’s word doodle suggestion. Huge thanks to the authors (all copyright on these pieces is theirs).

First up is a poem set in London.

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Free writing: the words we doodled

In memory of a great friend and in honour of Shadow – even though not the Shadow.

Hello wherever you are,

Not so warm in London today. There are patches of sun, then northerly winds full of rain gust in. It’s cold, ruffly weather. Earlier I saw two police horses clip clopping slowly down the street … not bothered by the wind, but I’m sure they must love the lack of traffic.

Anyway … to the free writing, and a guest appearance on The Phraser – a piece that gives my writing soul great pleasure.

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Lockdown in London … and an idea for some word doodles

Blackbird – calm as could be – central London

Hello out there,

My best wishes to everyone around the world in various stages of lockdown. Thinking of you, and of those trying to get us through this time.

Life has changed so suddenly and so fast, that it’s hard to figure out exactly what is going on. Rather than pin all my hours on trying to understand, I thought I’d put up another blog or two in case anyone is in need of distraction.

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NNTL (No Need To Look) Investment Opportunity (fiction)

Rocky Patch

Rocky Patch

NNTL Investments are proud to bring to market a highly desirable property with interesting prospects, currently experiencing rocky patch.

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A short story: Chipepo’s Box

Baobab Photo taken by daveandlolo

Baobab in the Zambezi Valley in Zimbabwe
Photo taken by daveandlolo

Chipepo swipes at the flies that cling to his left eye. He rubs a gnarled knuckle into the eye’s inflamed corner and sighs.  He leans back against the tree.

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