Writing Wednesdays

This week I attempted the 7 x 7 x 7 x 7 writing exercise.

Grab the 7th book from your bookshelf. Open it up to page 7. Pinpoint the 7th sentence on the page. Begin a poem that begins with that sentence and limit it in length to 7 lines.

I came across this idea and a few others I may use in a later post on the Huffington Post ‘Best Creative Writing Exercises’

The 7th book on my shelf was The Maze Runner (written by James Dashner), this is one of my very favourite books, it’s part of a series. I’m also very envious of its U.S. movie release this September – although I’m determined to get my hands on it some how.

So in bold below is the 7th sentence from the 7th page of the book and below it follow the poem which totals 7 lines (including the quoted text from the book). I’m not very good at poems, but I’ll give it my best shot.

An odd, dilapidated wooden building near one of the corners of the square contrasted greatly with the grey stone.

this place was strange, unfamiliar and eerie

But still he stood there, this was now his new home

So to make an impression he put on an act, acting happy and gleeful, not tired and weary.

It was time to begin, this was a fresh start

he sought refuge that night in the local tavern

and in the wee hours as the last drinks were called he finished is pint and preyed that this time he would not fall apart


Little Pop xx


Day thirteen: Gifts we love

Journal Jars!

Big Pop originally came up with this idea when she was studying community care and used it for one of her assessments. We both really like the idea and have donated these to market stalls to be sold occasionally.

Journal jars are a creative way to encourage someone to start slowly keeping a journal. The idea behind this jar is that you take out one prompt a day, paste it to your journal page and write a response to the prompt.  The prompts are able to be used in group settings to encourage discussion and also make great gifts for all ages.

Here’s how it’s done:


  1. Jar or small cardboard box or basket or ceramic pot
  2. Paper or fabric to decorate
  3. Printed Journal prompts (you can access from websites listed below.  They can be printed on plain, coloured or patterned paper)
  4. Scissors
  5. Paste
  6. OPTIONAL – Journal or book, pen or pencil


  1. Choose a container
  2. Decorate the container
  3. Paste a label or saying on the front of the container
  4. Cut out journal prompts ( you can use decorative scissors or plan)
  5. Fold journal prompts or roll around a pencil then place in the jar.
  6. Add a tag using ribbon from the ideas below

Resource: Scrapjazz ‘all about me journaling prompts’  


Happiness is…


If the phone were to ring right now, who would you want it to be?


Do you like progress?


10 types of food or dishes you’ve never eaten that you’d like to try


What would be the perfect autumn day?


If you could choose a different time period to live in, when would it be?


Name any life changing books you’ve read.


Five places you would like to visit are:


Your 10 greatest joys


Nobody knows that you…


Character traits you think others admire in you.


Things you’ve done you never thought you could do:


People you’ve met that you gained the most from

People you’ve met that you gained the most from


Name everything you’ve done that you’re proud of

Places you’ve visited that you’ve enjoyed


Helpful Links


Big Pop xx