Friday, 8 February 2013

Weekly Inspirations #4

In my Notebook This Week

Lengthen the chain. This came from a post on The Bookshelf Muse. The post talks about the way in which your writing can affect the lives of those who read it and in turn affect others who are touched in some way by that reader. But my big take away from the post was the way in which one small detail can have an affect on the plot and be significant further down the line, sort of like sliding doors or the butterfly effect concept and this is a reminder to make more use of that technique.

Mix the everyday with the sinister. This came from reading a blog post Jungle Red Writers about creating Hitchcock moments. I strongly recommend reading the post. I wrote this down as a reminder to myself that if I am wanting to create a feeling of unease I need to use everyday objects that are slightly off in some way. The examples given in the post are a phone that is off the hook, a car seat that has been adjusted, a light on in an attic room that is never used. All of these point to something being wrong and are all things that we can all relate to, we know how it would make us feel, so we feel the unease without it having to be spelled out.
Surprise package. On Wednesday I received a parcel when I had not been expecting anything. As it turns out it was a replacement for some faulty items I had returned a while back. But, it got me thinking about what could be sent through the post unexpectedly. The whole 'body parts being posted' thing has been done to death but what about a murder weapon? You open up a parcel and take out the contents, putting your fingerprints on it. A short while later, acting on an anonymous tip off, the police arrive and search your house, finding the murder weapon they have been looking for you are arrested for murder.

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BRAVE: Inspiring story of Tommy Carroll, a blind skater 

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It's a Mystery: 10 Questions to Drive a Writer Wacky -  via @LynetteBenton

Guest post by fab  author Seb Kirby - How I Write   via @FaithMortimer

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"On Being Inspired" an article by  on Inspirational Storytellers. Beautiful writing.    via @ISTellers

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The fabulously fun  invited me over to her blog for a chat :)  via @MEFranco1

10 rules of writing by famous authors. From Hilary Mantel, Ian Rankin, Rose Tremain, etc.  via @lawrence_wray

The Bookshelf Muse: Lengthening the Chain by  Brilliant  post

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When I am asked what kind of writing is the most lucrative, I have to say: ransom notes - H. N. SWANSON via @qikipedia

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Beauty is all around you. If you just pry your eyelids open. @kseniaanske

Failure is a state of mind. If u find ur self there-open ur heart & allow it 2 guide u 2 a better state.~Gale Minchew   via @galeminchew

It won't grow if you don't water it. @kseniaanske

"You can't use up . The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou via @EricZengo

Self-praise is for losers. Be a winner. Stand for something. Always have class, and be humble.” @KIMPITBULL123

and for you others...that talk about writing your ..and still haven't....stop talking and start is short...  @GPWriter

"A professional is someone who can do his best work when he doesn't feel like it." -- Alfred Alistair Cooke via @egfabricant

"Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness" Geroge Snatayana via @Melissa_Foster

It's funny about life: if you refuse to accept anything but the very best you will very often get it. ~William Somerset Maugham  via @Tamara_Carlisle

Some people find fault like there is a reward for it. ~ Zig Ziglar  via @RockChristopher

It's okay to be afraid to write. Just pack that fear into the ugliest bag you can imagine, put it on your shoulder, and KEEP GOING FORWARD. @kensiaanske

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"Be certain that your dream is yours"  @GeoffTalbot

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"Never look back unless you are  to go that way " - Henry David Thoreau  via @ImRover

I've failed over & over & over again in my life & that is why I succeed. -Michael Jordan via @Sports_HQ

“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.” Anonymous  via @ScarberryFields

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If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. @4hair01

"The important thing is not to stop questioning." - Albert Einstein via @GreatestQuotes

Success is the good fortune that comes from aspiration, desperation, perspiration and inspiration.-Evan Esar   via @KristinPulioff

If you are afraid to try you are doomed to fail. @EvolvingRedHead

The Wound is the place where the Light enters... ~ RUMI Found at  via VKRamsey

Dare to see the beauty and inspiration within yourself. ~Gale Minchew  

A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. ~ Chinese Proverbs via @RockChristopher

"Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly." - Dr. Robert Schuller via @GreatestQuotes

Perhaps the greatest freedom is to be free of the opinion of others. ~ 

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ Albus Dumbledore via @TiffanyDaune


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The  by Jake Swearingen McSweeney’s Absolutely brilliant, you must read this!

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Only in  via @EkentaDigital

When we respond to a child's intentional cruelty w/our own anger, how can s/he learn about compassion? via @Annie_Fox

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