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Monday, 17 December 2012

Inspiration

Jane has kindly nominated me for The Very Inspiring Blog Award. Thanks, Jane! I do hope my blog inspires people to have a go at competitions.

I'm supposed to tell you 7 random things about me. I'm usually good at random, but this time I'm going to stick to the theme and tell you about 7 ways I find inspiration for my writing.

1. Competitions. Many have a theme and that helps me come up with a story idea. This one for example asks 'what needs to change?' That question could provide plenty of story ideas. There's also a £200 prize, which brings me on to ...

2. Success. If I sell a story or get placed in a competition I find that for the next few days story ideas seem to flow much more easily.

3. Deadlines. If it has to be done soon, I do it. If the competition doesn't close for months, like this one, I'll probably leave it until it's too late.

4. Eavesdropping. OK, I can't point to an actual published story inspired in this way, but I'm very nosey and pretending I'm listening in strictly for research makes me feel better.

5. Reading. Obviously you can't copy other people's stuff, but their work might give you an idea or two. eg I read a poem of Seaview's which prompted me to write a short story.

6. Cake. I don't think any explanation is needed.

7. Experience. I've had a wide range of jobs, met a lot of interesting people, have tried lots of hobbies and often use tiny details of my own life to prompt a story.

I'm passing this on to -

Tracy, Womag, Wendy, Frances, Della, Rachel, Marion, Vikki, Lizy, Gary, Suzy, Rosemary, Deborah, Anne and Amanda,

Finally thanks to Rosemary for another star on my blog of the year award.

43 comments:

  1. Congratulations! Cake needs no explanation.

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    1. You're a writer, Alex - you understand these things.

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  2. Thank you Patsy - my first blog award! That's very kind of you as I've only been blogging a few months.

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    1. New blogs can easily be as inspiring as established ones, Wendy.

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  3. Great answers. :) It's funny how #2 works, isn't it? I haven't had the kind of success you've had, but even a little bit helps so much!
    You are always inspiring. :) Thanks so much for passing this on to me! You're so sweet!

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    1. I suppose it helps our confidence, Rachel.

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  4. Ooh thank you for the award Patsy! Definitely agree with many of your own inspirations, particularly cake.

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  5. Well Done Patsy and thank you for sharing all the competition info with us throughout the year.

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  6. Thanks, Patsy. I find this blog very inspiring. And yeh, gotta admit, I love getting story acceptances. Success breeds success.

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    1. We all want to be read, don't we, Deborah?

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  7. Those stars are mounting up, Patsy congratulations.

    Cake needs no explanation and I agree with you on point 7.

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  8. Thank you, Patsy! You're very sweet. I'm not good with awards - I seem to have lost them all so far - but will frame this one!

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    1. I confess I still have some I've not got around to, Frances.

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  9. That's a lovely award Patsy, thank you. You're an inspiration to us all.

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  10. Cake is totally an inspiration!! I am truly thankful for all the links to comps you post - esp the themed ones as even if I don't enter - they always inspire me!! Take care
    x

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    1. I sometimes use a comp theme to write a story to sub elsewhere, Kitty.

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  11. Cake! Yes!! That's where I must be going wrong. I need more cake! ;)
    Deadlines also help me enormously.

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    1. Cake and deadlines are a winning combination.

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  12. Ooh, how lovely, Patsy - thank you. I so agree that a success can get those creative juices flowing - oh and CAKE! X

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  13. Congratulations, Patsy :-) Well deserved :-) x

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  14. Hi Patsy - you certainly inspire - congratulations on the award. Also the points you make re writing .. make sense ..

    Happy Christmas week - lots of cake next week!! I love a rich fruit cake .. Hilary

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  15. Thank you Patsy for my very first blog award!

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  16. Thank you Patsy for my very first blog award!

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  17. Many thanks for such a lovely award, Patsy! And well done for all of yours.

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  18. One thing that keeps me going, odd as it may seem, is the appalling stuff other people manage to get published - it they can do it, surely I will eventually?
    And thanks for the award, Patsy - I shall now go shopping and agonize enroute about what random facts I am prepared to reveal!

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    1. It is sometimes surprising what does get published, Lizy. No accounting for taste, I suppose!

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  19. Congratulations on the award. Cake is definitely my inspiration as well. People watching is a major source of inspiration for me.

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    1. Only trouble I have with people watching is that many of the people I know are too unbelievable for fiction.

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  20. Congrats on your well-deserved award! I like all your inspirations, especially cake. :)

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    1. Writers need cake, Linda. Nearly as important as paper.

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  21. Ha ha ha, oh hell lol

    I didn't realise that I was nominating you for the same award! That'll teach me for s he dulling my list a couple of days ago lol

    Oh well, consider yourself nominated by me too!

    http://the-view-outside.com/2012/12/20/beautiful-inspiring-go-me/

    Xx

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    1. Thanks for the nomination, Vikki ... whenever I get organised and do stuff in advance I usually do something like that too.

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