I think as writers we can get very attached to our usual writing apparatus, the way my dyslexia functions I think very fast so it feels like touch typing is the only thing that can actually keep up with my brain! BUT, is speed what I am going for? What happens when I force my hand to slow but writing by hand, or on A3 paper or in multicolour… OR IN ALL THREE?!

You need a big sheet of paper and some multi-coloured pens (I took advantage of the annual Sharpie discounts for students at WHSmiths) for this exercise:

Step 1: free write and disrupt 

-Set a timer for 2min and choose a colour and just start writing, don’t question yourself, just go, whatever comes to your mind or don’t even wait for something to come, just grab something!

-When the timer goes off, pick a new colour and restart the timer.

-Keep going like this, I did is 6 times so 12 minutes in total but you can go as long as you want. Every time the alarm goes off, take disruption as an opportunity to find something new, to explore, to go somewhere with your writing you do not usually.

Step 2: 8min to highlight 

-Read through and highlight what you like.

Step 3: 10min 1st Edit

-Pick one or two set colours to write out the poem again but editing from the original as you go.

-Try and use the freedom of the whole of the page, surprise yourself whilst you don’t have the restrains of a word processor! (I encourage not using lined paper for this whole exercise btw for this reason).

Step 4: 10min 2nd Edit 

-Type it up and edit on instinct.

-Think about how your choices thus far translate into this format and take a bit of time to appreciate how the process and your perception of the writing might shift at this point…

Happy Writing!

Debris x

p.s. worth mentioning I think this actually really soothed my dyslexia as I think so visual it gave a side for the more visual/physical learning side of me to get involved in my creativity!