Free writing: word doodles – mini escapes – writing for the fun of it

London – still as a picture – 16 April 2020

Hello,

I hope the days are being kind to you.

Today I’m really pleased to bring you some free writing by others. If you’ve never done free writing, you may be sceptical about the process, but I find it absorbing, in a good way. For me the best part about it is that nothing has to be perfect, and all you have to think about for small pockets of time, are a few words or ideas. Some days the ideas come more easily than others … like sketches in a notebook.

The first of the pieces below is by Saraswathi Sukumar, the writing friend who generously gives up her time to think of prompts and to lead our sessions, and the ones below that are by Leonie Bedford in Canada. Thanks to them, and to all who give it a go or perhaps just think about it, and a special thanks to Aunt Jean who first took up the challenge!

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Free writing: here are the word doodles I wrote

All quiet in London – Easter 2020

Hi,

It’s nearly the end of the Easter weekend, and the weather in London has been beautiful, with the air as clean as I’ve ever known it.

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Free writing: some new prompts for the long weekend

St Paul’s, the evening before Easter Sunday, 2020

Hello,

Easter Sunday drawing closer so I thought I’d start this with some thanks.

First, of course, thanks to the NHS for its unimaginable, constant effort, and to those in public office who are trying to steer us through to the other side. Thank you!

Next, and I know this short list will miss off thousands, I’d like to go more personal and to thank all those who’ve helped us keep our lives together here in London.

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