• Attie Lime

If I could dive

what would I see

beneath the sea,

the sea?


A cave of mermaids

shucking shells

all of them

for me?


A school of fish

in Literacy

learning

A, B, C.?


A coral reef

quite undisturbed

thriving

peacefully?


A litter-picking lobster

clearing

up debris?


A blue whale singing

songs of joy

so very happily?


If I could dive

what would I see

beneath the sea,

the sea?


Attie Lime



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  • Attie Lime

Have you ever had the BEST writing idea come to you in the middle of the night, or just as you're nodding off? I think we all have. A perfect line, an entire haiku, or the elusive title to your latest W.I.P., like a vision, only to be lost come morning. Conversely, how many times do we sit down to write, pen poised, or with a fully-charged laptop, only to be faced with a blank page, which remains resolutely blankety blank, despite our best efforts?


Today was a planning day. A day to consider marketing, promotion, website updates and so on. I began, and then I stalled. I was distracted by Twitter (counts as networking??), nagging household jobs (kitchen table day today, not writing shed), and a hundred other things, one of which, inevitably, was the thought that I should be writing! So, I gave up, put aside the laptop, and got out the ironing board.


It turns out that the part of my brain which conjures up poems at 11.30pm in that liminal space between wakefulness and sleep, also kicks into gear when faced with the mundane task of ironing fifteen school shirts on a Monday afternoon. Cue me, ironing, laptop open on the kitchen bench, notes app open on my phone next to it, and a flood of ideas. I did not finish the ironing.


I suppose what I'm trying to say, is that I gave my brain some space. I let it meander, wander, and find its own sweet path, rather than fastening it into a metaphorical vice and attempting to squeeze something out of it. And miraculously, the Blankety Blank turned into an actual Something.


Try it, it might just work for you, too.











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Fun Shed Facts!

  • It is an actual shed, but all the better for being rustic and characterful!

  • The rest of my books, and ALL of my children's poetry books are kept in the house.

  • I love tubs and tins and pots for stationery.

  • NEVER ENOUGH POST-IT NOTES, PENS OR NOTEBOOKS!

  • The writing shed is where my inner child flourishes. Not as many knick-knacks in the house - I hate dusting!

  • The writing shed is my happy place.






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