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Fill your colander – foraging for fresh ideas

The only way to write better, so I’m often told, is to write as much as I can, rewrite as much I can bear, and read the rest of the time. That’s almost true, but not quite. I also need a colander full of delicious ideas that I just can’t wait to turn into stories. By colander, I mean my subconscious, the midnight feeder of my creative brain (who calls herself Gonzo). The concept is Meg Rosoff’s, who encouraged last year’s Winchester Writers to fill our colanders and pay attention to what sticks. Away from keyboard Watching everyday life (head cocked to one side) has its place. But my favourite way to gather ideas is by going on an adventure, however small. Right now, I’m on a medium-sized ad

Music and your MC

Spotify says it understands people. From the music folks choose to hear, it knows who they are and what they want. It knows exactly who to sell specifically what, and precisely when. Fiddledeedee, I thought, you can’t catch me. But, they’re on to something. Ask somebody you meet what music they like. Your naughty mind will riff on their answers, fill in some gaps about them, make giant leaps over others. No? Consider your response to the following possible answers: ‘I’m a Belieber!’ ‘Post-modern classical, minimalist, Glass.’ ‘Oh, anything really, s’long as it has a good beat, bit of a tune.’ ‘Hate music.’ There was a guy I knew who despised music. Didn’t trust it, he said. Music made him fe

 
 
 
About

Reading, writing and smiling

I live in Sussex by the sea, writing stories and novels which are speculative, historical and literary. I blog and tweet about inspiration, happy writing and delicious words. My goal is to share a little everyday magic.

 

You can find my work in the NonBinary Review, Write Like You're AliveTrue Tales from the Old Hill , Hysteria 6, Everyday Epics, Stories for Homes, and Every Day Fiction.

There are also some tiny fictions on this site which I hope you enjoy.

 
 
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My book reviews are over on Goodreads. I'm always delighted to receive requests from authors. If your book appeals to me I'll buy it, read it and review it. I'd love to hear from you.

 
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