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Writing Exercise: What Warms Your Heart?

I used this writing exercise in my recent body-inspired creative writing workshops in the bookshop.

Set your timer for 10 minutes and write freely to the prompt – what warms your heart?

Don’t think about what you write too much, don’t worry about spelling and grammar and follow your train of thought wherever it leads you.

Then, start a fresh sheet of paper and draw the shape of a heart. Write in it, using the words and phrases you generated in the free write, editing as you fit them into the shape.

It’s up to you how you create your heart shape, whether you start in the middle or the edge and write one long line, or go across in more traditional lines. Either way, notice how working with the shape affects your choice of words.

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