Friday Writing Prompts for May



John O’Donahue’s poem For the Traveler contains the lines:

And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.

Take a few moments to quiet yourself, to listen and take down what your heart would love to say to you at this time. You can read the full poem at…/john-odonohue-for-travele…



As you look at this tree, list five words you would use to describe it. Choose one word from your list to use as a prompt for five minutes of free-writing. Where does this take you?

Free-write your response to the question: ‘What keeps me awake at night?’ Bringing these things into the light on the page may help bring some clarification or direction. Remember to re-read what you have written and reflect on what you notice.


IMG_0443Reflect back over your week. Write about where have you felt most ‘in the flow,’ or sensed a natural alignment between who you are and what you do – and where have things been a bit more of a bumpy ride? How might this contrast help you keep on track in your activities in the coming week?




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  • About Julia


    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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