‘I Have a Dream….’

January 14, 2015

What do these words mean to you? 

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Is prewriting like pre-cooking?

January 9, 2015

Sometimes when we’re making dinner, we need to do some pre-cooking.  This  involves an element of preparation that has to happen before the dish can be assembled.  So how is prewriting like pre-cooking?  Here’s an excellent 15 minute podcast which looks at the process of prewriting.  There are some great ideas here about how to […]

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The prewriting toolkit: daydreaming

December 30, 2014

In our goal-driven culture, daydreaming often has negative connotations:  we might be accused of time wasting or of losing focus on the task in hand.  This negativity might also have its roots in the influence of Sigmund Freud, who believed that daydreamers were infantile and neurotic.  Yet writers often regard mind wandering as a valuable […]

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The prewriting toolkit: freewriting and looping

December 4, 2014

My previous post looked at prewriting, offering some definitions, exploring what it means for the creative process and posing the question as to whether or not it can be taught. In this first follow-up piece, I offer some practical prewriting exercises, tools that might help to generate new ideas and to unblock ones that are stuck. […]

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Prewriting: rehearsing, converting, transforming

November 28, 2014

I’m fascinated by the alchemy of the writing process, how the writer progresses from the glimmer of an initial idea to the coherence of a finished piece.  I’ve always considered myself to be a planner and list maker, qualities that inevitably help with the early stages of a project.  But it’s only in researching the […]

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Literary Dystopias

November 19, 2014

This week, I’m posting a podcast on literary dystopias (from the Guardian Books series), with Canadian author Emily St John Mandel and Clemens J Setz. I’ve always loved novels that look to the future, reconfiguring how society is organised and how technology impacts on daily life.  

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Effortless Writing

November 12, 2014

Earlier this year I moved house.  Five months later, most of my books are stashed away in storage but I did keep my creative writing books to hand – and have finally managed to unpack them and get them onto the bookshelves by my desk.  I couldn’t resist stopping to flick through them, my eye […]

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Elizabeth Gilbert on creativity and the myth of genius

October 29, 2014

 http://www.ted.com/talks/elizabeth_gilbert_on_genius   ‘Don’t be daunted. Just do your job. Continue to show up for your piece of it, whatever that might be. If your job is to dance, do your dance. If the divine, cockeyed genius assigned to your case decides to let some sort of wonderment be glimpsed, for just one moment through your […]

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Glasgow Women’s Library: 21 Revolutions, Jackie Kay

October 22, 2014

Over the past year, Glasgow Women’s Library have been running a brilliant project to celebrate women’s lives – by having contemporary Scottish women writers respond to pieces in the library as inspiration for their work.  Here’s a podcast from the fabulous Jackie Kay, reading the pieces inspired by the collection (scroll down the page a bit […]

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Welcome to my website

October 21, 2014

I’m Rachel — coach, wordplay guide and writer. I help creative seekers find the truth of their stories so they can live more empowered and abundant lives. My belief is that we possess a fundamental ability for ‘re-storying.’ We have the power to redefine how we perceive ourselves; reshaping old narratives to connect to more […]

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