Haikus rise at dawn
through the dreamer’s protesting
yawns and make her sing.
Creative writing has long been part of the GCSE English syllabus in some form or another and some A level options allow students to write creatively too, but lots of adults shelve their creativity and inwardly decide that they weren’t ever very good anyway, so there’s no point in carrying on writing now they’ve got jobs and children and inlaws to contend with. If you, like me, have exercise books full of slightly angsty teenage poems tucked away in the attic, make some time to dust them off and start writing again – you may be surprised at what’s tucked away between their cardboard covers and within your mind!
What do you gain from writing creatively?
- Peace and quiet to do it (tell the kids that Mummy’s got to do her homework)
- An outlet for your feelings
- An excuse to use beautiful stationery
- Space to explore your imagination
- A chance to question yourself about your ideas and emotions
- A new way to look at yourself
Put simply, creative writing, even the most fantastical of it, in some way reflects life. Tell a story and you understand a little more of yourself and of the world around you. It’s worth investing in.
I’ll be running creative writing workshops for adults very soon – get in touch for more details.