Friday Writing Prompts for Spring



Take a walk outside on a familiar route, but go slow. Look, listen..what do you notice that you have not observed before. Free-write from the prompt: ‘What comes to light when I take time to attend is……’

Close your eyes and imagine you see a flight of steps leading upwards. Free-write about what might be at the top of this staircase. What steps are you taking or climbing at the moment, and where might they be leading you?

‘Hope which belongs to bright prospects and the morning…is not the virtue of hope. The virtue of hope exists only in the earthquake and eclipse.. Exactly at the instant when hope ceases to be reasonable it begins to be useful.’ Let these words by G. K. Chesterton be a springboard for some free-writing. In what situations have you, or are you, looking to the usefulness of hope?



What situations are you facing in life that you might need to come at from a completely different angle? Use your writing to brainstorm some new approaches to some old frustrations.



At our writing group at Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre this week, we were surprised by the appearance of a pheasant strutting past the window across the field outside. We all commented on how amazing its colours looked seen up so close. So today, take a really close look at something – perhaps a natural object like a flower. Write about what becomes more extraordinary when you take a long, deep gaze at something you may glance at every day.

My RSPB friends would be proud – 2 birds in 2 weeks! This one is inspired by a D. J. Enright poem where a child asks the speaker the name for ‘The thing    that mPeacock_With_Fanned_Tail_600akes a blue umbrella with its tail.’ The speaker’s ‘pale’ answer is ‘peacock.’ So this week, choose something – or things – and see how many different and imaginative ways you can describe them without using their name. (The poem’s title is ‘Blue Umbrellas’. Read it in full at )




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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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