Making time

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.”

Charles Buxton

It’s the school holidays, and the designated writing time I usually have has gone by the wayside. I now need to be creative on two fronts – not just the writing itself, but also in finding precious writing minutes to make sure I get my last big MA assignment finished for the early autumn deadline, as well as not neglecting my novel. It’s down to me to make time.

I was pleased to find a post by Charlie Haynes  (who founded and runs the Urban Writers’ Retreat), offering advice on how to – potentially – achieve another 15,000 words a month, simply by getting up earlier. Granted, that will have to be quite early (with the children leaping out of bed in a way they never do during term time), but it can be done. So I’ll give it a go. Wish me luck.

Storytelling for adults

This was a literary event of a different kind in Lyme Regis, and was an enlightening experience for me. A small group of around ten people listening to master storyteller Geoff Mead work his magic.

Since parenthood, I’ve told stories to my children, listened to my husband tell stories to them, and also watched gifted children’s storytellers in venues such as the Eden Project. I’d never really thought about storytelling for adults until this opportunity came up. Held in the fabulous, small but perfectly formed, Amid Giants and Idols cafe in Lyme, we sat as a close-knit group as Geoff told us old folk tales; it was lively and engaging, relaxing and thought-provoking.

His book, Coming Home to Story, is published by Vala publishing, so the whole enterprise has a very forward-thinking, yet back to old values feel about it. As well as having some rave reviews, it’s also beautifully styled (click on image for purchasing info):

coming home to story

I’m looking forward to reading it and will seek out more storytelling events in future.