Monday, October 8, 2012

Blogtoberfest Day #8: Try a magpie

Earlier this year, I participated in a read-along of the book Inner Excavation by Liz Lamoreux. One of the wonderful exercises she recommended in her book is a word toolbox.

I had assumed this exercise would be time consuming and a little tedious, but once I got started I had a lot of fun with it. It struck me as a great way of getting started if you’re not sure to write. It was also a really intriguing (and slightly spooky!) way of receiving a message from the Universe.

Did you ever hear the one about Andrea Scher playing “magpie” by opening a dictionary and alighting on the word “sark”? The artist and author Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy aka SARK soon became her employer, creative mentor and dear friend.

One time, prompted by another excellent book, I opened up every book on my bedside table to page 56, to see the secrets each author wanted to impart.

How about spending half an hour today making and filling a toolbox for those days when you need a little bloggy inspiration? Or why not give magpie a try?

I dare you...!


  1. i like to think messages are coming all the time, but we are so bombarded with words all the time, it's hard to catch the meaningful ones. will be keeping my eyes (and heart) open today! have a great one :)sarah

  2. You certainly do come up with some great ideas.

  3. I first found this method in Illusions by Richard Bach back in the 80s (the book was published in 1977) and use it from time to time. :)

  4. What a great idea! I too believe there are messages coming all the time and we just need to slow down and take notice. How interesting that Andrea randomly pointed to 'sark' in the dictionary and later connected with Sark.

  5. thanks for link to the inner excavate course and the idea of creating a word tool box - it sounds like a great project with much potential for word magic =-)

  6. This is brilliant - a writing toolbox, why had I never thought of this before. I need one for sure (and will very much enjoy constructing it!)