How social media can be great sources of inspiration for writers

All writers need to find their inspiration from somewhere. Whether they sit and observe people in coffee shops or the supermarket we all need that something to kick start their work. These observations may or may not be the central plot, but to have observations and situations to supplement the story and develop the characters is vital to the writing.

This is where social media can help. Not a day goes by when there isn’t a list of some kind on Facebook about the 21 worse things to say on a first date or 15 disasters from the funeral directors and so on.

These are treasure troves of “real” stories people have collated and are sharing with you now. Todays offering is “patients sharing their most embarrassing moments at the doctors.” It is a belter. One of them goes something like this:-

A woman doesn’t want to be embarrassed by having a bowel movement when giving birth. It happens, there is a lot of pushing going on. So she has an enema to clean her out. The problem is that it gave her a serious gas problem and just when the doctor went to check on something in the target zone, she let rip a monster. It blew his hair back.

I am still laughing at that and can just picture the scene. A moment to be captured in someone’s writing.

So, the next time you are looking for inspiration, check out your social media and marvel at all those embarrassing moments others have shared with you for the benefit of the world. Some may be fictitious but I think most are genuine.

One idea for a book came from just such a list.


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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