Last night at the Original Writers Group we talked about that difficult subject of finding a story. I asked who carried notebooks and was surprised at how many writers didn’t. Ideas can come at any time, anywhere. They are inspired by the world around us. Usually, they happen at the most inconvenient time, like when [...]
Truth is grey, not black and white. What we believe to be true can change over time. There is an inscription above a door at the German Naval Officers School in Kiel that reads: Say not ‘this is the truth’ but ‘so it seems to me to be as I now see things I think [...]
What to write about? Write about what frightens you. Fear is a map. It tells us where we lack experience. It shows us where we perceive our boundaries to be.
It is your business to write what other people think but don't say. Go for the throat. Start with anything that bothers you – be honest, be angry. Remember how people react to a car accident. Highways choke up as drivers slow down to gawk. It comes as no surprise that news programmes concentrate on [...]
When have you lost or found something, someone or some opportunity? Start with either finding or losing, though losing always has the most memories and feelings attached.
What to write about? Write about anything that interests you, then imbue it with life and make it unique and enrich it by blending in your own personal knowledge of life, friendship, relationships, sex and work. Especially work. People love to read about work. Stephen King
It may be a person you know very well, a story in the newspaper, a tale told by a friend, an image, a line you heard someone shout while running to catch a plane. You don't have to know why it haunts you. In fact, that's why you must write about it - you want [...]