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November 20, 2010


The beginning assignments were intriguing because I had to learn more about myself. Making lists of favorite nouns, etc. was very telling. The story from the newspaper headline has been challenging, mainly because I didn't choose the headline wisely. Honestly, I would love a follow up exercise to the first introspective assignments.
Overall, I want to thank you for leading this writer's retreat! This novice is enjoying!

I'm appreciating the retreat just because it prompts me to sit down and write. My own writing habit has suffered, and this is helping me "show up for work," so to speak.

I attempted the 'headline' assignment two times but got totally stuck, both pieces were a load of rubbish. It helped me realise that most of my writing is about personal stuff, letters and emails and journaling. I have no recent experience in anything resembling fiction and dialogue. Instead I ended up writing a poem about a painting that caught my eye while I was browsing a book looking for inspiration for a dialogue.

Meanwhile my daughter sat down and wrote an amazing piece for a school assignment imagining what it might have felt like to be captured and transported as a slave, so clearly she hasn't lost that ability like her mother has!

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