The Magical Paint Brush.
The wise man of the village hands you a small parcel.
“Use this wisely,” he says.
You open the package to reveal a magic paint brush. It brings to life, to realty, whatever you paint. What do you do? What happens next?
STUCK? Try this story starter:
The Wise Man called me to his house on the edge of the village under the great weeping willow.
“Yes, master,” I called.
“It is time,” he said.
“Time to take on a great responsibility. A great burden.”
He handed me a small rectangular box wrapped in an old cloth.
“This is the Paint Brush of Zen. It brings to life anything you paint. It must be used with great care. Do you understand?”
But, oh, if I had only paid more attention to his words. I found myself in my back garden with the wrapped box in my hands. Surely, it would not matter if I had a little go with the brush, a little practise for when I really needed it?
What is Write – 30?
Write – 30 is a daily activity where you write non-stop for twenty minutes then check and edit your work for 10 minutes. You will be asked to write about different subjects and in different forms.
The writing should be done on lined paper in pencil if possible. Edit and check the work in pen. If you don’t have paper and pencil, use what you can. Even a computer.
Finding it difficult? What you can do to help:
- Always sit/work in the same place
- Always use the same writing tools
- Always turn the TV off
- No talking – it distracts thinking
- Always listen to the same piece of classical music when writing.
- Always set yourself a goal: count the number of words. Try to beat that number the following day.