December 14, 2007, Newsletter Issue #140: Finding Inspiration

Tip of the Week

Inspiration for the budding writer is everywhere.

*Reread those books that first got you interested in writing as a youngster--for me it was JANE EYRE. I thought the story was great, and that Charlotte Bronte was extremely cool for her determination to write what was in her heart. This is where the writerly ambition begins.

*Attend readings and booksignings with writers you admire (and some you´ve never heard of!). Ask questions during the Q&A session--find out how the writer works and what makes him or her set pen to paper.

*Scan the headlines for events worthy of fiction. "Man found dead in home with 300 chickens," etc.

*Make lists of your peak experiences, low points, and moments of epiphane. You will return to these again and again.

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