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Finding New Ideas

June 29th, 2018

First, thanks to Michela for last week’s blog. I love the way she refers to writing as ‘self-inflicted duty’! It may be for her, but there are many others who want to write but somehow find themselves short of new ideas.

First and foremost, you need to realise that nothing is really new. We’re pretty sure that no matter what idea you come up with, someone else will have already thought of it, or something very much like it. That’s just life. So, it’s not always about finding new ideas, it’s about making an old one fresh – finding a new angle to work from. Read the rest of this entry »




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Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

September 8th, 2017

Writers are often asked where they get their ideas. In the past I’ve found this difficult to answer, because sometimes ideas seem to come from nowhere. When this happens, it’s great, but it’s not always the case. What about the times when the well feels empty and as if it may have dried up forever?

Sitting around and waiting for the muse to visit is probably not a very practical approach. I find that reading often spurs me into writing – sometimes a powerful short story, or a particular author’s voice, will provoke a strong urge to write. The potential problem here is that you may inadvertently end up copying another writer too closely, something that Dorothea Brande mentions in her seminal work Becoming a Writer. In fact, she turns this into a writing exercise, in which you deliberately spend time reading a writer with a strong voice, write something straight afterwards, and then observe how they have influenced your own style. Read the rest of this entry »




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Inspiration Surrounds Us All

March 20th, 2015

bailey_cover-1-blogOne of the questions I get asked most frequently when I tell people I’m a writer is where do I get my ideas from. It’s not an easy answer to give because in truth, my ideas come from everywhere. Almost anything can spark an idea or inspire a burst of creativity. The trick is to see the potential in these ideas and nurture them into an article or a story.

I’m lucky to live on a boat just outside of Rome, which provides me with endless inspiration to write and create. I’m drawn to the sea and working comfortably in the cabin as I float around really suits my style. I love feeling all the elements on the boat. My work in progress is a young adult novel set under the ocean. When there’s a violent storm and the boat is surging in the marina, I take the opportunity to imagine what it must feel like for my characters below the surface. Read the rest of this entry »




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