Every published author is asked “where do you get your ideas?” because every new writer wants some too. The answers seem to end up being something like “everywhere” or “nowhere in particular”.
A more optimistic answer comes from
Harvey Chapman, of Novel Writing Help
“. . . you are actually already bursting with great writing ideas, whether you know it or not.
“Trust me, you have enough raw material inside you right now, for more novels than you could ever hope to complete, no matter what age you are or how uninteresting you believe your life has been.”
Creative Writing Grows
Writing generates more writing, so ideas come thickest when I write every day. Long walks help too, but regular time spent writing, both good and bad, counts more than waiting for inspiration.
Write about that bird you saw this morning
My friend Ratty, who is a keen birder, taught me to look at birds carefully. I live in Australia and he in Canada. We used to get on Skype and talk about birds we had seen, and search the Net for pictures and information for each other.
I never became a really keen birder, but walks are more fun now — but slower because I stand around a lot gazing into trees.
Thanks to Ratty I was inspired to write this poem — about writing poems — while staring up into one of those trees.
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writing a poem is like finding a small bird
looking up your eyes wander and find a tree
seeing nothing but the tree
close your eyes and stop
listen to the silence
a door slams
a dog barks
a bird calls
your mind goes its own way
a dozen things flicker in and out
then leaves rustle and you search
you see a tiny patch of colour so you wait
a part-obscured shape forms in your fond eyes
and you smile
a word or phrase then written
unlocks the rest
Copyright 2011 Judy Winchester
Where do your writing ideas come from?
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