Hello, and happy winter holidays to all Dear Readers! Welcome back to Pick & Mix - the last one before Christmas, and also the last one before my holiday hiatus. I'll be back again on the week commencing 10th of January, posting as normal on Mondays and Thursdays. Don't worry, I'll be working on lots of interesting new blogs during my break; if there are any topics, whether academic or creative, that you'd like me to tackle in the coming year, either drop me a comment below or, if it's too annoying to have to sign in (I know, I know, it's a feature that I can't remove unfortunately) then tweet me on @zmarriott or comment on Facebook.
In the meantime, whether you celebrate Christmas or not, I hope you'll enjoy the festive themed Pick & Mix below. This might be the last chance you get to reconnect with your creative joy before the characeristic busy-ness of the season engulfs you, so I urge you to take advantage of it!
Write for ten minutes. No more and no less. Just long enough to get into the swing of writing, but not long enough to be intimidating or unachievable for anyone, no matter how stressed out or busy
It's called Pick & Mix for a reason. Pick one prompt, mix all of them, or write something completely different. Whatever blows your socks off.
Don't edit or revise what you're writing while you are writing. it's a waste of your creative energy. This writing is just for you. Typos? We don't know her.
Once your ten minutes are up, you're done. Don't read what you've written. I mean it. You don't have to judge, evaluate, fix or revise. That all takes time and energy and it's not the point of the exercise. If no one ever reads your ten minute scribbles, it doesn't matter one tiny bit.
...the marshes were grey-white-dun, black water icy, reeds furred with hoar frost tipped at the very edges with the gold of the rising winter sun...
Happy midwinter - I wish you joy!