“I may have found a solution to the Wife Problem.”

“Had it not been for this unscheduled series of events, her daughter and I would not have fallen in love. And I would still be eating lobster every Tuesday night.
Incredible.”

Opening and Closing Lines from “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion.

Writing Inspiration: The Rosie Project

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Writing Inspiration: The Lift Button Conundrum

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Honestly? I never push the button in lifts more than once (except when I’m not convinced that I have pressed it hard enough –71ecb29f739da13fa624ce313716718b some buttons are so stupid!). However, when I was at Uni (many moons ago), I had a male friend who used to tap incessantly at the pedestrian crossing button, because he was absolutely convinced that it made it turn to green quicker. Do I believe him? Er…definitely not! I think that’s more down to the order of traffic movement that the crossings are programmed to, so we still have to wait our turn, no matter how many times that you tap the button.

On the other hand, ask me if I tap the screen on my mobile phone because I somehow think that this is going to speed up the loading of an app, then I am guilty as charged!

Obviously, this is more a test of showing how impatient we are as Human Beings, because we always seem to be in so much of a hurry in life.

How about you?

Do you push the button on the lift more than once?

Writing Exercise: Last Meals

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I’m not 100% familiar with Death Row. Sure, I know a few things thanks to The Green Mile etc, but as a citizen of a country that doesn’t have the death penalty, my knowledge is quite slim, I don’t know how “things” work, but I thought that this writing exercise sounded interesting.

I found it on the Writers & Artists’ Yearbook Facebook page, and I instantly knew which character I would use for this exercise:

Writing Exercise: Last Meals

If your main character was on death row, what would his/her last meal be? Describe it.

Example:

Last Meal

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My Writing:

Lucy Angelus

– 18 years old

– Murder, fraud and perverting the course of justice

Roast chicken dinner, with mashed potatoes, carrots, peas, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, two Yorkshire Puddings and lots of gravy. Followed by a Chocolate Brownie Sundae. Lucy would eat every single vegetable, even the ones that she doesn’t like – especially the ones that she doesn’t like. She would save a couple of spoonfuls of Sundae for her father, because she always let him share a little…but no brownie. Her father was never allowed any of the brownie.

It surprised me how easily this came to me, and how well I still know Lucy’s personality and temperament, despite the fact that I haven’t worked on her story for quite a long time. Perhaps now is the time to pick up where I left off with her story…

Writing Inspiration: When God Was a Rabbit

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rabbitTitle: When God Was a Rabbit

Author: Sarah Winman

Opening Line/s: I divide my life into two parts. Not really a before and after, more as if they are bookends, holding together flaccid years of empty musings, years of the late adolescent or the twentysomething whose coat of adulthood simply does not fit. Wandering years I waste no time in recalling.

Closing Line/s: “Ready to say goodbye?” I said.

“Ready,” she said, and sat back down next to me. I handed her the computer and she started to type.

How do you stay Creative?

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Whether you’re a writer, an artist, a graphic designer or any other kind of creative person, it can become incredibly difficult to find some creativity. This is true for everyone, no matter whether being creative is your career choice, or more of a hobby. For me, recent years – especially since I left formal education – have seen my creativity kind of waiver, so what I want to know is:

What do you do to stay creative?

Recently, I found myself getting sick of the sight of my magazine collection, and came to the conclusion that it was time to have a cull, because some of those magazines had been sat, collecting dust, for several years and it was just getting ridiculous. My problem is that I always think it’s quite wasteful, so I started ripping pages out and collating a collection of images, typography etc for collages, like the one I’ve had on my office wall for quite some time:

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I’m not really sure how it happened, but I’ve toyed with creative journals for quite some time, but I’ve never really managed to find a real sense of direction with them. However, with the help of the clippings from magazines, pens, paints, crayons, glue and a few creative prompt websites and Pinterest, I have started putting together a Writing Journal (also known as a SMASH book in some circles) with the intention not only to encourage me to write more, but also to get creative in other ways too. I don’t really consider myself to be particularly artistic, but it’s been fun to grab a paint brush and some water colours and just splashing them right across the page. Okay, so I’m not very good, but just the act of doing it has been quite therapeutic.

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I’ve never really been very good at keeping journals/diaries of my everyday life – mainly because my life always seems so incredibly dull! But, I’ve been working on this since September, and okay, so I’m not working on it every single day, but I definitely thinking that it’s helping me to tap into that part of my creative psyche that has been neglected for way too long.

Here are a few sneaky peeks at some of the creative things that I have put together, and a few ideas for anyone else who is thinking of starting one (I thoroughly recommend it).

Front Cover

I wanted the front cover to represent who I am, and what I want to achieve out of my journal:

Front Page

Lists

I’m a big fan of writing lists, and think that my writing journal is a great way of writing ones that reveal things that I love, and am passionate about. I like that I have to really think about what goes on the list – especially in lists like the one below – because sometimes it is really difficult to pick just a few things. But then, that’s half the fun, isn’t it?

Lists

New Beginnings

Some people mourn the end of seasons, events etc, but I don’t see it as an “end” but more as a new beginning. That is why I like to create pages for the new seasons, because it forces me to realise what it is about those seasons that I appreciate so much.

As Brits it’s easy to focus on the downsides of the seasons – it’s too hot/cold/wet etc – so it’s nice to focus on the positives.

Autumn

Saying that, sometimes it is fun to look back on the things that you have done, to see what you have achieved and what has made that period so awesome:

September 2013

I – of course – also have a section for general writing, within which I answer questions as well as story ideas so that I at least know where they are.

Whether you have a Smash Book, a Writing Journal or an Art Journal, remember that is should always be fun, and personal to you.

Do you have a journal? Does it help with your creativity?

Writing Inspiration: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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Book:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Author:

J.K. Rowling

Opening Lines:

“Mr and Mrs Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.”

Closing Lines:

“Oh, I will.” said Harry, and they were surprised at the grin that was spreading over his face. “They don’t know we’re not allowed to use magic at home. I’m going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer…”