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The 30-day creative challenge

Want to do something creative, but feel you never have time? Four busy women took a few minutes each day, over a month, to work on a chosen artform – with unexpected benefits


Katie Monk, a journalist, wrote poetry on her commute into work

I used to love writing poems. I remember it being one of the best feelings in the world. But after I graduated from university, I rarely found the time, and in this digital age it’s hard to switch off and focus.

Then, one day, I read about a man who wrote a poem a day on his commute into work. I thought it was such a brilliant idea, taking that otherwise fairly mundane part of the day and using it to create something worthwhile. I also thought it would be a huge challenge – and it was.

Each day for the next month, on my hour-long journey to work, I jotted down any interesting things I saw or heard, and turned them into short poems. The one-hour time constraint meant I couldn’t be too precious or fussy about the end product. There wasn’t room for perfectionism.

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