FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
You shouldn’t be too surprised that the answer to “Is there a Magic Wand in Writing?” is a resounding “no” but I discuss how you can help “beef up” the imaginative muscle. And the best way of all is to indulge in the flip side of writing, which is to read. Is there a writer who doesn’t love to read? I don’t think so and my attitude here is go for it – prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction – indulge, knowing it will help your own writing no end!
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
On a similar theme, my post Flexing the Imaginative Muscle shares three writing exercises. Writing exercises are, of course, the other great way to fire up your imagination. Some have given me opening lines, which I’ve then used to write flash fiction or longer short stories, though a play, a novella or longer piece of fiction could also start from something like this.
FACEBOOK PAGE/CHANDLER’S FORD TODAY POST
I use my FB author page tonight to discuss my Chandler’s Ford Today post called Why I Use Scrivener Writing Software. This is likely to remain the most technical piece of writing I ever produce but I hope it might be useful to those writers considering using this software. I have, however, put in links to some of my favourite authors for whom writing technology consisted of the quill and the typewriter! And those sites are worth exploring if you are a fan of Roald Dahl, P.G.Wodehouse and/or Shakespeare! At the end of the day it is the imagination that is the most important writing tool of all.