SpineOut : October 2011
write start Over the centuries, what we have used to write on has continued to change, from papyrus, clay and parchment to the hides of sheep. Why not give your work a bit more character? Here are some suggestions. Clay: etch your message Wood: scorch your words Metal: scratch your writing Paper: try making your own paper click here for instructions John Larkin was interviewed by the girls at Mount St Benedict College, Pennant Hills NSW. Signspotting 3 by Doug Lansky (Five Mile Press) features signs from across the globe that have been spotted by travellers with a sharp eye for the unusual and the hilarious. Whether they’ve been lost in translation or humorously juxtaposed, these signs are sure to elicit a laugh or two. signspot ting 3 journal writing Journals don’t have to be a mundane listing of everything you’ve done on a particular day. Keeping a journal is a great way of putting your thoughts and feelings down. And, they also help to sharpen your writing skills! Here are some ideas: Blogs: Blogs are like the modern online version of a journal. You can blog about anything: books that you’ve read, places you’ve visited – the list is endless. If your blog is visible to the public, don’t forget to be careful when uploading any personal information! Visual Journal: Try expressing yourself through more than just words. Visual or art journals can be a fun and rewarding experience. You can combine anything, from photographs, collages, and painting to the written word. Buy a blank journal and decorate it yourself, or construct the whole thing from scratch. It’s up to you and that’s the most important thing – your journal is for you. Feelings Feelings? I don’t talk about them. I write down how I’m feeling In my Feelings Diary. That helps. And when I’m fine I don’t write a line. My diary is almost full. Bernard Young From Does Your Face Fit compiled by Roger Stevens, published by A & C Black A Little Inspiration Do you feel like writing but you just can’t seem to come up with any ideas? Try using the piece below as inspiration for a story, poem or script. ‘A man sits alone on a train. In one hand he holds a small, battered suitcase. In the other hand, he holds a photograph that looks as if it has been torn down the middle. He’s gazing out the window, watching the rugged and bleak countryside speed by. There’s the sound of a whistle, signalling that the train has almost reached its destination. The man is starting to feel nervous ...’ Copyright©October2011GoodReadingMagazinePtyLtd over to you Sendusyourwriting.Youcouldgetpublished!