A new month is like a blank page. A fresh start.
Aim to spend a few moments each day outside. Focus on a flower or a tree. What do you notice? Think about sounds. Have you noticed the birds singing? The sound of frogs croaking?
Close your eyes for a few moments (if it is safe to do so). What do you hear? Make a list. Create a poem from the list – or use one of the sounds in a story.
Going from A – Z, create a list of 26 objects – e.g. apron, book, chalice, duster, eggcup, feather, garnet, hairnet, inkwell, jamjar, kite, letter, mirror, necklace, opal, purse, quoit, ring, shawl, teapot, umbrella, vase, wallet, xylophone, yoyo, zip.
Pick three of them and create a story, incorporating the three items. (It is a good idea to begin with a free-write – i.e. write as quickly as you can to trip up that nasty negative voice in the brain – and just see what ideas emerge. Don’t censor anything to begin with.
Repeat the exercise using different words.