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    Journalling ( Day 17 )

      The Challenge for Day 17: Pick a Fight The challenge for Day 17 is to write about something you are passionate about, promoting it as beneficial to society. If this involves annoying some people, all the better. Hmm. Not usually one to pick a fight, but some things are worth taking a risk for. So here goes, my thoughts on the importance of journalling in this modern day galloping world.   Journals and Diaries In the past, everyone seemed to keep a journal, most often in the form of a daily diary. Many of these have been lost, but those that remain provide us with great insight into the…

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    Dream, Hope, Fly ( Day 16 )

    The Challenge for Day 16. The challenge for Day 16 is to write about hope, that thing which pushes us forward even ( Or especially ) when the going gets tough. It came up in a previous post of mine, Hope, so it’s obviously something close to my heart. This time I thought I’d expand it a bit and talk about hope in relation to following a dream. The quote below is by Jonas Salk, author and medical practitioner, the man who developed the polio vaccine.   There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.  Jonas Salk      Dream…

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    Writing Evaluation ( Day 15 )

    The Challenge for Day 15:  Writing Evaluation We are just at the half-way mark of the challenge and today Jeff Goins asks us to record our thoughts on our progress. Are we feeling overwhelmed or energized? Has your writing improved? Have you noticed any changes in how you approach your writing?   Overwhelmed or Energized? Sometimes it can be difficult to churn out 500 words a day, especially something fit to put in a blog post. The irony is that publishing is not part of the challenge, but many of us add it to the list ourselves. Why is that? Well, I can only answer for myself, but I know…

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    Happy Mars Day ( Day 10 )

    The Challenge for Day 9 The prompt today for my 500 Word Challenge is to ” Write about Writing.” The joys, the pitfalls and how I’m coping with the Challenge. We seem to have days for everything now, so why not have a Happy Mars Day? And I mean the planet, not the chocolate, but I guess both could work at this stage. Just check out Twitter!   Happy Mars Day Why am I calling today Happy Mars Day? As you might know, I’m currently taking part in a Creative Writing course with Pauline Clooney. Each week we get a story prompt, usually quite open to interpretation. One particular week the…

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    Free Writing ( Day 4 )

    Free Writing The email from Jeff Goins today is to do some free writing. Now, this is a concept I’m quite familiar with because it’s something I do regularly as part of my creative writing course. Basically, you just keep writing for a set period of time, usually on a suggested prompt. You are supposed to keep going no matter what. No self-editing or revisions, the grammar police are banned. The aim is to encourage creativity. This is how Jeff describes it:   “Master the art of silencing the inner critic, letting go of perfectionism, and embracing your art.” Jeff Goins   So, if you can’t think of anything, you…

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    Before Coffee (Day 3)

    Before Coffee Help! The latest email from Jeff Goins suggests that the best time for writing is first thing in the morning. He even recommends getting up an hour or two earlier each day, just to write. Before coffee, before food, before anything.  Now, anyone who knows me can testify that I am not an early riser.  And to make it worse, it takes me ages to tune into life. But, maybe that’s the whole point…Perhaps waiting for the fog to clear is the wrong approach? Tomorrow, I am going to find out one way or another because I intend to take up this part of the challenge in the same…

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    Christmas Open Mic

    Christmas Open Mic I was delighted to be part of this year’s Christmas Open Mic hosted by Pauline Clooney.  I’d never been at this type of event before and found it really interesting and great fun too. Pauline had invited along both current and past members of her creative writing groups. Basically, we each took turns at reading pieces of our own writing.  There was a nice mixture of poetry, short stories, and novel extracts. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous when my turn came around, but I guess everyone felt the same. On the night, I decided to read a few poems: Prism Spluttering Silence Dance…

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    Creative Writing Course Pauline Clooney

    Creative Writing Course Well, it was certainly worth the wait! A couple of months ago, I listed some writing courses based in Ireland and mentioned that I was hoping to participate in one. I decided to go with the creative writing course run by Pauline Clooney at the Kildare Writing Centre.  Some of my friends had already participated in Pauline’s courses and recommended them to me. Last night was the opening session. We were all a little nervous at first, but Pauline quickly put the group at ease. Soon we were chatting like old friends. I think it’s great to have the social element to go along with the learning side as it…

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    Creativity: Joy and Torment

    Joy And Torment When setting up my Cavewoman blog , I had a vague idea that it was to be centred around the theme of creativity. But what did that really mean?  After a while, I  tried to get to grips with where I was heading. So many thoughts and ideas started swirling round my head, like a swarm of leaves let loose by an autumn storm. The more I tried to chase them, the more they flew from my grasp and left me feeling bewildered. What was I going to focus on? Who was ever going to read this?  And, most of all, why was I doing this, exposing…

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    Cavewoman Reflections: September

    Cavewoman Reflections: September I have found the last month to be a bit of a roller coaster of emotions. When ever I start a new project, like Cavewoman blog, I tend to throw myself into it heart and soul.  Sometimes that can be a good thing and other times it can have a negative effect.  With so many new ideas swirling around in your head, it is easy to become distracted or overwhelmed because you don’t have time to process them all And that is exactly where I found myself this week, feeling a little lost and in need of inspiration. This cavewoman was definitely ” having a moment “,…