The author is the editor of New Writer magazine, she’s a tutor and has written over 20 books, so she knows what she’s talking about.
I’ve only flicked through my copy so far but it looks good. (“Where do writers get their ideas from? It’s called Life”). There are lots of exercises, hints and tips and let’s face it, as a writer you can never have too many ideas – or sources of ideas.
I’m always fascinated by where and how people get their ideas – especially if they’re good ones! So, if you want to win a copy of the book, just leave a comment telling me how you got the idea for your last piece of writing (or any piece of writing with which you’re particularly pleased). If you tell us about an idea you’ve already used – rather than one you’re planning to use – then you don’t need to worry about other people ‘nicking’ it!
Just to get you in the mood, here are a couple of mine…
A few years ago I went to the gym with a friend. On the ‘A’ board on the pavement outside there was a sign, advertising all the beauty treatments they offered (it was a posh gym!). But a letter had fallen off one of the words. Instead of ‘Manicures’ it said ‘Man cures’. “I’m going to write a story about that one day,” I told my friend, “about a kind of agony aunt who works in a beauty salon.” She nagged me until I did. It took about 4 years to get round to it, but I did eventually write it and it was the first story Woman’s Weekly ever bought from me. Moral of the story: keep your eyes peeled when you’re at the gym!
I used to get lots of ideas from people I worked with in offices. One colleague had a little boy who was always doing and saying funny things. Once he said to her “I love you a hundred but I only love Daddy ten.” (this, I hasten to add, was not because her husband was a wife- or child-beater! He was a policeman, who mostly worked nights and the little lad hadn’t had much time to bond with him). Anyway, it gave me the idea for another story, “Love You A Hundred” about rival grannies, which was also published.
D’you get the idea? Pun intended. I’ll do the old random generator thing to choose a winner, I won’t be actually ‘judging’ the best, so everyone’s got the same chance – and I’ll do that on Friday 29th June, so you’ve got a week!
I look forward to reading them…!