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.