The Words for Wellbeing Organisation

Inspiration from a tree

by Mandy Haggith When it comes to writing, there’s nothing, I find, quite as helpful as trees. Pencils and paper are mostly made of their wood, and they breathe in the carbon dioxide we puff out and exhale oxygen. The verb ‘to inspire’ means literally to breathe in, so if you need inspiration, go to […]

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Illustrations of a fairy tale

Creative Writing inspired by illustrations of a fairy tale By Maureen Sangster Let’s explore the enchanted world of Little Red Riding Hood and what it makes you feel. We’ll use 3 pictures of Little Red Riding Hood or Red-Cap as she’s sometimes called in some versions of the tale. 1. Listen and read the story […]

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Freewriting

by Sarah Whiteside My favourite way to get started with a piece of writing is to use a technique often called ‘freewriting’. This is based on a simple but far-reaching idea, originally borrowed from psychoanalysis. Like Freud’s ‘free association’, freewriting offers a way of bypassing the critical mind, allowing for new connections to be made, […]

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Book Prescription Scheme

A Participant’s Account by Sheila McLean The Book Prescription Scheme was launched Fife-wide in 2009. The original core of titles was for mental health and emotional problems; that core has since been added to as funding has become available, to include a chronic pain collection and Beating the Blues software. The latter provides an online […]

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1000 STEPS WITH OWL VISION

Owl vision makes you aware of what is happening on the edge of your vision as well as in front. Start by facing straight ahead and spreading your arms out at shoulder level. Then bring your arms around so you can just glimpse a hand out of the corner of each eye. That is your […]

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Creative Writing inspired by Fairytale and Song

by Lesley O’Brien Here are several writing exercises based upon the fairytale and song ‘Vasalisa’. Listen to the song ‘Vasilisa;. How does it make you feel, what memories does it stir? Write for 8 minutes your stream of consciousness, i.e. do not edit, try and keep your pen moving without pondering what you are writing. […]

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Eternity and the snail

nine o’clock in the morning and you’re late it takes twelve giant steps to cross the wide road ninety-five babies to get to the corner – seven skips round and just one hop to squat on the ground and wait for the snail to…catch up all creamy grey and tender flesh that shrinks then swells […]

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