Do You Get Writing Ideas From Your Dreams?

Last night I had a dream that I went to a writing group for the first time. The leader of the group asked us to spend 25 minutes writing about a real person, so I began writing a poem about a friend who I haven’t seen for a while. But I was having trouble writing it, because the letters I wrote kept changing once they were on the page. I also lost ten minutes because I had to go home and find a notebook, as I had arrived unprepared.

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Playing With Fridge Poetry

One of my friends bought me a pack of fridge poetry for Christmas, so this evening I thought I’d take a break from my laptop and play with magnets instead. In case you haven’t come across them before, Fridge Poetry Magnets are little magnetic words and you can use them to make poetry, get some inspiration, or I suppose, write a funny message on your fridge.

So, here’s the set I used:

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Writing Prompt: Write Your Own Happy Place

I think everyone should have their own happy place. Somewhere where we can retire by ourselves, or be surrounded by loved ones, or even complete strangers - whatever works for us. A place where we can either forget about our problems or give ourselves the time and space we need to reflect and analyse. A place that means something, somewhere that just feels good. A happy place is a part of taking time for ourselves and having some me-time. Everyone needs that.

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Seven Ways To Be Productive Without Actually Writing

Who says you have to have a pen in your hand or a Word document open in order to be productive? You might be in a place or situation where you’re not able to sit down and write uninterrupted, you might be stuck on where to take your story or what to write about next, or maybe you just need a break for a while. There are ways to be productive even when you’re out and about, at a friend’s house, shopping, or in bed. Here are seven ways you can keep those creative juices flowing:

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Writing Without Fear: Has Everything Already Been Written?

One of the things I sometimes struggle with is coming up with new writing ideas that nobody else has written about before. More than once I have explained one of my plot ideas to my partner, only to be told that a writer or movie maker has already beaten me to it and created something very similar. In fact, there is an argument that there are actually only seven plots in literature: overcoming the monster; rags to riches; the quest; voyage and return; comedy; tragedy; and rebirth. Every story is said to stem from these themes. There are around 130 million published books in the world (depending on what your definition of a book is), and that is perhaps a rather reserved figure as it was suggested in 2010. So what’s the likelihood of anyone thinking of a new idea that hasn’t already been done?

 

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How to Make Literary Magazine Editors Happy

Submitting to literary magazines can be a bit of a minefield, to say the least. Literary database Duotrope has around 6,000 poetry, fiction and non-fiction publications listed on its website, and there are probably many more in existence that aren’t listed in this directory. Some are online only, some only appear in print, some don’t accept email submissions, some are only open to writers in particular geographical locations or with specific demographics. Each one has its own requirements when it comes to format, word or line limit, simultaneous submissions, and more.

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