Becoming a Real Writer

"The Skin Horse had lived longer in the nursery than any of the others. He was so old that his brown coat was bald in patches and showed the seams underneath...He was wise, for he had seen a long succession of mechanical toys arrive to boast and swagger, and by and by break their mainsprings and pass away, and he knew that they were only toys, and would never turn into anything else. For nursery magic is very strange and wonderful..

"What is Real?" asked the Rabbit one day...
" Real isn't how you are made." Said the Skin Horse. "It is a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real." ... The Rabbit sighed. It would be a long time before this magic happened to him."
Velveteen Rabbit

Here at Soul Food some folks struggle with the notion of being a REAL WRITER. Real writing hasn't got anything to do with what is grammatically correct. Some magic takes place and it becomes REAL. Read some of these pieces and discover how writing becomes real.


Graffiti the walls of Soul Food with your writing.

Plant a tree in the Golden Seed Grove and share the wisdom of wise, gentle giants whose boughs provide a frame for our writing life.

Patrons of the Soul Food Cafe are invariably haunted by the Muse. Read about their tenuous relationship with the ancient guardians of creativity.

Enjoy some Australian Bush Yarns at While the Billy Boils.

Grandma Cooks is the place to honour those maternal ancestors who continue to shape our lives.

The Toys Gallery of Glory is the place to record your childhood memories and give life to your most beloved toys.

Most writers undergo a Writes of Passage and can identify that piece which marks the moment when writing room magic made their piece of writing real. Share your piece in this forum.

Sometimes we need a renewal of interest - a fresh perspective. When we renew we reclaim creativity. Writer Renewal shares such moments of revival and regeneration.

Make Descansos and add a piece which reflects upon a defining moment

Poetry Corner - The Soul Food Cafe awards Laurel Crowns to real poets.

The Lemurian Collection provides a glimpse of the beauty, of the serene landscape of Lemuria.

Publicly expose those Pitbulls who have bullied you and deflated your ego. Stand tall! Shrink the villain and remove their power by adding piece to the Gallery of Villains.