Getting started

Getting started is often the hardest part, but writing down your feelings and thoughts is a great way to try and make sense of your emotions. Here are some handy tips for getting you started…

Five minute free flow

Just write. Don’t worry about what you’re writing or if it makes sense, just go. Stop after five minutes and see what themes you can identify. Is there something in there you can run with?

Concentrate on an object

To get your writing hat really on, take a technical challenge in describing an object. How much can you write? Think about the item’s texture, its colour, its aroma, the way the light hits it…


Think back to a poignant moment in your life – how did you feel? What was around you? Describe as much as you can to bring it to life.


When we started this project, we launched it on the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s first solo mission into space. This seemed a fitting way to mark the experience we were all sharing – looking out of our windows at a world that had been turned upside down. Writing a letter gives a focus to your piece and allows you to direct your words at another person. You can try writing what you see from your window to Yuri, or anyone else that comes to mind.