I want to talk about a book that I am exploring, Fruitflesh by Gayle Brandeis.  It’s described as “seeds of inspiration for women who write” and it has been on my bookshelf, unopened, for several years now.  Although I’ve attempted starts before, the timing must be right, now, because the words are resonating.

Here’s a sampling of Gayle’s words:

  • *Go to your root cellar, the dark place where you store all your yet untold stories and tell those stories…
  • Let yourself be fully present, in the world and on the page…
  • Let your writing be bold, sensual, unapologetic…
  • Let whatever wants to emerge, emerge.  Pour it out, unhindered…

Here’s a few of her exercises:

  • what tales come through you of your mother’s stories, your grandmothers…
    where was your ancestral land and what fruits did your ancestors eat?  What fruits do you associate with your mother, your grandmothers, your father, yourself…
  • What landscape has informed and constructed you? Remember and describe in detail each place, home, neighborhood…  What rituals formed your life?
  • Write a list of  body commandments that you got from your parents, religion, and write a list of body Commandments that you want to guide your life today.

Each page of the book is a meditation and a book not to be rushed.

Bottling One's Life

 Image:  Bottling One’s Life

About Wings of Wonder

Linda Ruddy is a creative with a diverse range of interests in writing and painting. She currently is revising a middle grade novel, and author and illustrating a picture story book. She is an active member of SCBWI, Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators. Linda has a body of paintings, which form the foundation of her artistic development. This work can be viewed on her website: Her recent illustrations are an outgrowth of the style she developed in these paintings. Another passion is sculpture. Linda often uses her figures as models for her art. Linda's blog is eclectic and journeys wherever her muse guides her attention. Her blog address is: Following the muse, Linda Ruddy
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4 Responses to Fruitflesh

  1. tbnranch says:

    I need this book, you have no idea…

  2. Hmmm . . . interesting writing exercises. I’m tempted to play with them! 🙂

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