How skills transference can help writers

For most writers, they either are or have been something else before they realised that they were writers. This can aid writers a great deal because there is a career’s worth of data, people, situations and so on that are there in the writers toolbox ready for use.

There is a familiar saying that writers should “write about what they know” so why not start with the situation you had last week on that job where Mrs so and so gave you that impossible thing to do and Dave stood in the bucket of cement. There you have many ingredients for a great start for your writing, people, comedy, farce, workmen and their bosses/colleagues, the client and so on. A great use of skills transference. Throw in an emotionally damaged neighbour, a few kids on their way back from school and the street dog running off with the drawings and you are away. What more do you need to get the creative juices going.

I realise that not all of us have been labourers on a building site, but i’m sure we have been in shops, petrol stations, bars and a host of other things in or daily lives that can be used to bring zing to your writing. An office or work place, it is all there waiting for the writer to piece together and launch off into their latest master piece.

So, the next time you are thinking of inspiration, cast your mind back to something from your past, your work and so on. Who knows, that funny book about a painter and decorator could be just the tip of your own unique creative iceberg. Go on, try and use what you know and put it to good use in your writing.


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 How skills transference can help writers

  1. Hi Fendrel, we really like this post on transference of skills for writers. We like your permission to re-post this on our website . In addition, what other writing projects are you working on at the moment?

    Kind regards


    • purpleandrew says:

      Hi Kane
      thanks for the follow and message.
      I have 2 blogs, fendrelstale and thrillingwriting, both on wordpress. When I started them I intended to keep them separate because fendrel is fantasy and thrillingwriting is a hard hitting adult crime thriller I am working on, but over time the blogs have got cross fertilised.
      Fendrel is the eponymous hero of a trilogy and all 3 volumes are in various stages of proofing etc. Vol 1 came back from copy editor yesterday so one NaNoWriMo is over I will be attending to that. The second and final trilogy is in my head being planned.
      Thrillingwriting was for my adult crime thriller The Truth which is also in proofing etc
      I have another fantasy set based on YA/cross over audience and I am on Vol 3 of that. Once that is done as first draft then I will have 7 books in total to be sorted and will try publishers and agents. If I have no luck I will e publish and so on.
      I have a non fiction book, “the handbook of TOP TIPS to manage your writing” under my name Andrew Marsh, currently available from me and on amazon as a paper back where I amalgamate a lot of my blog tips into a single handy volume.
      I am happy for you to use that blog for your website. I would appreciate a plug for my handbook if at all possible.
      thanks for dropping by and keep writing…..

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