This is a time of harvest and re-evaluation. It is a good time to take a look at what you have created so far this year – and to plan for the future.
Do you have any UFOs (unfinished objects)? If so, make a list of them. Pick the easiest one and make a plan to finish it as soon as possible.
What can you do with it? Is there a project that could be developed in a different way – e.g. a poetry collection that could have music added to it and become a performance piece?
Try the following exercise:
- Pick a colour.
- Pick an element – e.g. earth, wind, fire or water.
- Pick a childhood memory.
- Pick a person’s name.
- Pick a place you remember from childhood (this can be real or imaginary).
Set the timer for ten minutes. Pick up your pen and do a free-write incorporating all these elements.
Have a short break for a cup of tea or coffee. Read through what you’ve written. Underline any words or phrases you particularly like.
Set the timer for another ten minutes. Free-write again, using the new words and phrases.
Put this away for a day or two. Then go back and see if you can craft this raw material into a story or poem.