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Back to writing

Last week, my daughter returned to school and my son started college after a warm summer break and months of home tuition. It was strange being the only human in the house, having lunch alone, no funny faces being pulled at me through the window while on video calls, no interruptions to my writing to answer maths questions or provide spellings.

Normally, when it’s ‘back to school’ time, the two of them get up reluctantly and trudge off for the day but, this time, after so long in lockdown, they went racing out of the door. They were excited about a fresh start, a chance to see friends and make new ones.

September always seems to bring with it a feeling of fresh starts. With so many of my formative years spent in cycles of education, the month still gives me a ‘back to school’ feeling, a chance to start something new or return to something with fresh perspective. 

As writers, we can all embrace this feeling and use it to get ‘back to writing’.

What will you write?

If you’ve taken a break from a piece of writing, you could return to it with fresh perspective or you could try something new. What have you always fancied writing? What have you never tried? Give it a go this month.

Not sure what to write? Here are three ideas:

September is also a great excuse to treat yourself to new stationery, new books and anything else you enjoy as a writer just as you would do if you were off to school. 

Unlike school, however, writing is for life. Keep coming to it anew. 

About Loretta Milan

Founder and Commissioning Editor of Lightbox Originals. On a mission to get the world writing and finding wellbeing through words. Loves books, tea, travel and art.

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