Evesdropping – another great tool for writers

You know, it never ceases to amaze me how many seemingly innocuous or innocent activities that can be used by writers to assist their creativity. This blog is inspired by one word I overheard at a dining table at a conference and the memory that the word triggered.

One word and a memory – how amazingly cool is that?

It is sheer brilliance that what it is and it is yet another example of the everyday things that can aid a writer to make their writing more authentic or to zing.

It is therefore essential that you and I, us writers are always on the alert for situations that we see, feel and hear that can be used to boost our creativity. A writer must NEVER turn off and must never be unable to record that key piece of information that will be the trigger. So, keep that pen and paper handy, or for most of us we have a new fangled phone, use the voice recorder (obviously not when driving!) to get the bones of the thought, the idea, the inspirational phrase or trigger so that when you get home you can type it up or add it to your creative notebook that is right by your computer.

Never assume that you will remember it, you won’t trust me, I have forgotten too many great ideas to say that you will. It has to be written down as soon as it happened. If you are doing something else, try to write it down surreptitiously but get it down or recorded somehow. It could just be the thing that takes your writing from good to fantastic and in doing so, some lovely publisher will give you a big fat cheque for the rights.



About purpleandrew

Andrew, recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome is a 54 year old former geologist always had short hair, suited & booted for work. That all changed when the credit crunch hit. Now a complimentary therapist, hospital radio presenter, and writer. Andrew writes crime thrillers, Young Adult, and fantasy books as well as blogging about writing and other stuff that he feels strongly about.
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2 Responses to Evesdropping – another great tool for writers

  1. I love this post! Very true. And I’m glad you talked about writing it down. I think a lot of people think they will remember everything or a few things, but I’ve sat down in coffee shops and transcribed conversations; then gone back a few days later without doing anything to see if I could remember things. The difference was astounding. And I always write it down now 😀

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