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June Inspirations

It’s been a very wet month so far here in the UK – which is frustrating if you want to go somewhere but can be an inspiration as far as structuring a poem, a short story or a scene in a novel is concerned.

Take a large sheet of paper and write down as much sensory detail as you can about the rain you can see falling – the concentric circles in the pond, diamond droplets on leaves that spark rainbows, the torrent of water rushing down the gutter.

What does it sound like? A gentle pattering on the window? Drumbeats on the roof?

Think about smell – wet grass, roses. Sometimes I think I smell the sea.

Does the rain make things look different – e.g. a darker colour to the tree bark. What does it do to the temperature.

Think about your childhood memories of rain – wet playtimes at school, splashing in puddles on the way home.

Don’t waste this information. See how many times you can use it!

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