How To Write A Catch Blog 2022


The Big Draw goes on throughout the month of October. It’s the world’s largest drawing festival with events taking place in museums, schools, galleries and community centres, the goal being to promote visual literacy and art education. Visual awareness is important for creative writers in lots of ways, so drawing is a great theme to explore in free range writing. I always say there’s just one rule – stick to the timings. But this is writing you do purely for yourself, so the other rule is, enjoy it!

Use attractive images in your blog

In my creative blogging courses, I encourage people to include drawings, sketches and collages and play about with shapes and colours in the way they organise their text. Besides being fun, it really frees up your thinking. If today was a colour, what would it be? First answer, jot it down. Take that colour and write about it for three minutes, just whatever comes, not trying to link it to your day at all. It’s just playing. Write the history of that colour in your life. Take about five minutes. Orange was a favourite for me, and once in a street auction when I made the winning bid, I remember the trader shouting, ‘Sold to Miriam in the norange!’ Why did he give me the name ‘Miriam’, and why did he say ‘norange’ instead of ‘orange’? Was that what made it memorable to me? In later years I went right off orange and switched my allegiance to blues and greens. Now I like it again, but I wouldn’t wear it. Make some kind of visual image. If you have a glue stick to hand and a few old brochures or magazines in the recycling, tear bits out and make a collage that is mostly that colour. You can include odd words or details that aren’t the same colour but seem to fit. If you have coloured pencils, you could make a drawing instead, mostly in that colour. If you’ve only got the pen you’re writing with, draw a picture of objects you associate with your colour and use your imagination. Take as long as you like. Finish by writing for about three minutes about the process of creating the image – how did it feel? Did it spark any new thoughts or ideas?

Create some imagination

The setting for this story is a life drawing class, where a naked model is sitting for a group of artists. What is the situation – art school, evening class, artist’s studio? How does the model feel in their body? Use all your senses to imagine the warmth or coolness of the air on their skin, the touch of the floor or chair they are sitting, standing or lying on. Who is in the group? How does the model feel emotionally about sitting for them? There is a person in the group that the sitter knows but did not expect to see in this situation. What is the history between them? How do they know each other? How does the model feel about this person seeing them naked? How does the artist feel? Write two monologues about the experience, one by the model and one by the group participant. Start with the moment they first saw each other in this unexpected way, and end with what has changed for each of them. Take ten minutes for each piece.

Make some kind of visual image – a still life of objects in your home, a sketch of houses in your street, a portrait of your own face in the mirror… whatever you fancy. The important thing is to take your time. Spend at least ten minutes. Write an account of that experience. How did you feel before you began? What thoughts and feelings arose when you were making art? What changes did you notice in your body? What do you feel about the image that you made? Could there be benefits for all of us in making art, purely for pleasure? Take ten minutes.

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