The Writer’s Idea Book
Developing great ideas for stories
by Jack Heffrom
Pub: Writer’s Digest Books
A very good resource with a variety of ideas, suggestions and writing prompts to encourage writers of nonfiction, fiction, poetry and screenplays.
- INVITING IDEAS
Show Up the main thing is getting to the desk regularly to write.
Acknowledge Difficulty in writing and ideas
Show joy and gratitude through regular writing you can generate a lot of good ideas.
Enemies of Creativity:
A.The procrastinator: encourages you to do it another day, another time. There’s always something else to be
done. One of my own biggest problems. Book provides information and prompts to help get past the procrastinator.
- The Victim: involves demanding families, jobs and such.
- The talker: tends to squander the creative ability, would rather talk than do.
- The Critic: another of my own main problems. The infernal internal critic that tells us we don’t know what we’re doing
no matter how many times we’ve done it.
- The Judge: the conscience, guilt about spending time writing instead of with family or on other things. However ignoring the need to wite can bring about the victim mentality. It’s best to try striking a need between family needs and writing needs, scheduling.
- The author: sees every moment of writing as important and valid only if it leads to publication. In the early stages of writing you do better by keeping this one at bay until the later stages of writing.
- Capricious Guest: You may be waiting a long time, and usually arrives when no longer needed.
The key to beating all enemies of creative writing is simply doing your daily work.
- EXPLORING IDEAS
- FINDING FORM FOR IDEAS
- EVALUATING IDEAS
- BETTER IDEAS
It is a very good resource for all writers. You can probably get it from your local book store or order it at: