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Cake is great for creativity

As I journeyed up the motorway earlier in September, there was little the raised eyebrows of other drivers could do to dampen my excitement as I drummed my steering wheel and sang along to the radio, for I was on my way to an event I’d been looking forward to for some time: the Festival of Writing in York.

Although I’ve spent years tapping away on my laptop with the study door shut, I’ve also had the opportunity to meet so many supportive writing friends online. Writing doesn’t have to be lonely. But it’s especially great when I get to go to live events and meet other writers in person.

After the enjoyment of discussing literary projects with writers from Toronto to Helsinki over some ‘brew’, when I arrived, it was time for the day to commence. I could write a dissertation about everything I learned, but here are the best bits…

I’m back home now with the kettle on boil and a slice of chocolate cake in front of me that’s crying ‘eat me!’ I’ll savour every mouthful and then it’s back to writing, taking on board everything I’ve learned from the Festival of Writing.

Always remember, it’s good for a writer to eat cake and be merry.

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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