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What’s on your mind?

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Marcus Aurelius said, ‘The soul becomes dyed with the colour of its thoughts.’

I love thinking. One of my favourite things to do is to take a ‘thinking bath’ and spend time with my thoughts letting them run loose like free range chickens around my head. I hate being rushed into making a decision without having given it the right amount of care and attention.

One of my favourite things to do as I writer is to enter a character’s head and try to work out how they think.

Here’s a writing exercise.

Take a look at Susie (as drawn by the artist Laura Knight).

How do you think she is feeling?

Is she hungry or has she just eaten? If she has just eaten, what was it? Does it satisfy her?

Look closely at her posture. Describe how her head feels as it rests on her arm.

Have a go at writing what she is thinking about.

Now imagine that Susie looks up and sees you…what does she think?

As the poet Robbie Burns said,

‘Oh would some Power the gift give us

To see ourselves as others see us.’

5 thoughts on “What’s on your mind?

  1. Susie sighed. Her mother was still out working, and all she had to eat was finished. She had just eaten the
    last roll and cup of tea in the house. She had tried to tell her mother that the fridge needed to be stoked with food and the teabags needed to be replaced, but her mother was always working now, and nothing she said to her mother had made a difference. She was always working, and Sophie hardly ever saw her.

    “Maybe if I go to the store myself,” Sophie spoke, fed up with just sitting here. “But Mum said no one left this house without her,” She remembered.

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