If a writer understands the importance of the little events in life, that writer will have plenty to write about.
Hello, my brother and sister writers. It’s the Old Soldier back in action. While I was away I had plenty of time to think about the creative process and the need for a writer to come up with a constant flow of great writing ideas.
I think coming up with a constant flow of great writing ideas has more to do with a writer’s state of mind, how the writer approaches his or her material, than it has to do with what happens outside the writer in the real world.
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Most writers lead lives like the vast majority of his or her peers; which is to say here and there something dramatic will happen but most of the time the life of the writer is made up of little small happenings and events that in themselves would not be of much importance.
This is where the imagination and the skill of the writer must be brought to focus.
If we all look back on our personal history, we have all experienced big events in our lives: marriage, death, losing a job, getting a job, first time living on our own, the birth of a child and on and on. These are subjects that the writer can easily sink his or her teeth into. These subjects are meaty. They are subjects that a reader can easily relate to.
But there are other subjects, small actions that have no drama, that a reader can relate to, also.
How many of us have not experienced a kind word, a word of encouragement, a pat on the back or even something like a frown from someone that we liked or respected or loved that had an impact on us far beyond the act itself?
All of these little acts and the context in which they happen make for great writing ideas, too.
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