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21Mar

Lyrics and passionate thoughts waft through the writers retreat

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Lyrics which seem apposite are by City and Colour ‘Against The Grain’   and when the wind does  blow against the grain    you must follow your heart.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1zo0EFOxxo:We are often advised to do the exact opposite. Favouring logical, brain decisions have often caused…
21Mar

Vaguely Creative Things To Try 11-20

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Good morning!  It’s cool and bright at the writer’s retreat – the poppies have vanished more’s the pity, the peach tree top collapsed under the weight of peaches in the middle of the night and I think there’s a metaphor…
21Mar

The Writers Retreat Thinks Now It’s Time For the Creative To See The Rabbit!

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Creativity is often seen as the providence of left field less practical types. It’s always a fight trying to make people  accept creative solutions  as so many  peoplpe are resistant to change and say, ‘But we have always done it like…
21Mar

Alice: “Have a cup of tea,” indeed! Well I’m sorry, but I just haven’t the time!’ Alice In Wonderland

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How our perceived sense of time can rob us of the opportunity to create view of poppies from the writing retreat in Central Portugal I find I have regulated my life to the church clock which is up the hill…
21Mar

Retreating into one’s self and experience

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Gillian Clarke said in her book ‘At the Source’: ‘Writing is informed by the whole self and the whole life lived.’ It’s a topic that is debated time and again at the writers retreat. What we see, hear, feel, touch, experience…
21Mar

Was The Ambition To Run A Writing Retreat Such a Mad Idea?

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Who would have imagined my ambition would be fulfilled. As we make progress with our creative lives it is very easy to dismiss the progress we do make. I remember standing at work, hugging the radiator and watching the tree…
21Mar

Sometimes A Writer’s Retreat Is A Step Too Far!

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It’s funny how our creative selves can make up a hundred reasons for not getting down to work. You know the kind of internal monologue which usually begins: ‘It’s not fair! Or I can’t possibly work under such pressure/noise/stress/chaos’ Need…
21Mar

Beginner’s Luck – Perjorative comment of the year!

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I Spit on Beginner’s Luck! The term ‘beginner’s luck’ can be one of the most hurtful and disparaging, often said in a moment of envy by someone who has plenty of experience and is often miffed by a newcomer’s success.…
14Mar

Perspective, narrative arch, whatever you call it, think about it the writers retreat suggests

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Why is perspective so important, not only in fiction? I treated myself to a DVD ( I still buy them you know, can’t help it!) and settled down on Friday evening after a tough week’s work to watch ‘The Other Boleyn…
14Mar

‘Cut The chains and give the Key to The Prisoner’. The Writers Retreat Explores The Art of Editing

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How important is an editor to a writer? If you look up the word ‘revise’ in a dictionary it will say: ‘to examine and correct: to make a new improved version of: to study anew’ and for me, the most important…