How social media can be a treasure trove for a writer’s creative ideas

There comes a time when a write has to commit to social media. It can be for a variety of reasons, mostly for exposure, connections, publicity and so on.

On perhaps lesser known reason why a writer should be on facebook or similar social media sites is for the strange, bizarre and downright weird things that do the rounds. These “nonsense or rubbish” postings with lists of stupid things people do, the “fails” lists and so on can actually contain great snippets of ideas that a writer can use in their work.

I recently saw a list of round 40 disguising personal habits that people would be ashamed of if anyone else, particularly their spouse or children, knew about.

I am not talking of slightly horrible things, but seriously gross “lock them away” personal habits.

I am not going to list them here because one of them is such a gross thing that I have taken it on board changed it slightly and now have the essence of a character, story and situation for a brand new book. It is that “bad” it is positively fantastic! And being a selfish paranoid writer I am not going to anyone about it until the book is written. The unfortunate thing is that this book is way down on the list of my writing priorities, but it will be written one day. It simply has to be written and in the meantime it is growing and developing in my head and my pages of notes that get added to as more detail comes forth.


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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