writer’s idea book

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.

Sections Cover:


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.

  1. The Victim: involves demanding families, jobs and such.
  2. The talker: tends to squander the creative ability, would rather talk than do.
  3. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  1. 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.


It is a very good resource for all writers. You can probably get it from your local book store or order it at:



About davepyl

Though I have held many jobs over the years, being a fiction writer has always been my main interest even though I may not have always pursued it well enough. Originally from Princeton, IN, where I graduated High School and took writing related courses, I went on to attend Vincennes University in Vincennes, IN, and obtained a degree in journalism. After working a few years as a journalist and freelance nonfiction writer, I pursed other careers. late in the 90’s my interest in writing fiction resurged with stronger and better ideas, I have taken courses through Full Sail University to help me hone my skills as a creative writer. Now my plans are to focus more on writing fiction in addition to my day job and build it as a career in as many ways as I can: books, short stories, scripts, comicbooks. My writing credentials include: *KNOX COUNTY DAILY NEWS | Feb 1988 – April 1992; Staff Writer / Journalist; * OFFICIAL DETECTIVE MAGAZINE GROUP | 1990 – 1992Freelance Writer / Photographer; *VIETNAM MAGAZINE | April 1995 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Operation Babylift” *MIDNIGHT ZOO | May/June 1991 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Lady In Black” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Summer, 1995 * Contributing Writer Reunion at George Field *QUILTER’S WORLD | April 2004 • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “Two Visionaries” *STORYTELLER MAGAZINE | Nov/Dec 2010. • Contributing Writer (Short Story) – “The Ol’ Conner Place” short story *TALES OF THE TALISMAN | Oct 2011 • Contributing Writer (Poem) – “Bloody Red Riding Hood” *REUNIONS MAGAZINE Fall/Winter 2012 * Contributing Writer Morgan/Bivens Family Reunion * Frontier Tales magazine/ Winter 2012/ Battle of Three Lakes and what inspired you to write your book. The battle between the ani-men and the JLA, from Justice League America issues 221-223-1984.
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