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Here are two beautiful examples of effective use of body sensations on the page. First, a few lines from the poetry of John Keats…
At Wild Words, we view your words as a wild animal, warm-blooded and dynamic. Sometimes I open workshops by asking participants ‘what’s the story that you need to tell?’
Eva Meijer, author of Bird Cottage and the upcoming Animal Languages, spoke to us about her wild self and her wild words…
The Wild Words on the page use a range of sensory data: colours, smells, tastes, sounds, textures.
The wild words on the page are a wonderful unfolding mystery. Information is revealed, according to what will impact the listener or reader most powerfully.
Wild words are tense and dramatic. This tension is partly constructed by the storyteller’s choices around point-of-view.
My mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease in 2014, the same year that the Loch Leven Heritage Trail opened…
I am a slow writer. Others may set daily word targets of hundreds or thousands, I take comfort in a quote from James Joyce…
The way people speak. Even if your words are passing directly from your internal world on to the page, you'll still have heard them in your head first.
This morning at 6am I saw the ‘snow moon’ of February hanging full and weighty in the pre-dawn sky.
How to find language to capture and express the experience?
When I take time to look patiently, words arise.
When I consciously expand my vocabulary, I not only express my experience more aptly, but I also live it more broadly and richly.
Did you know that Scots has at least 421 terms for snow? It’s true!
My picture contains (just) 24 words for the conditions of snow and ice, from Scots, Gaelic, and travellers’ cant.