Valentine’s Day – half a dozen ideas

How did you do? Did ideas flood into your writer’s mind, or did you get stuck?

Cake on Valentine's Day

Romantic cake – too tempting (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ll time myself and see how I do in 60 seconds – I have no idea…

1. er… blank brain.

1. 20 secs gone…

1. 35 secs…

1. 45 secs…

1. Next door neighbours, boy and girl both called Valentine

2. too late…

It’s not easy. I’m usually full of them, but under pressure, when you’re challenged to think of ideas then and there, the mind goes blank. My mind goes blank.

The only idea I produced was a true fact – a couple who lived in our village were both called Valentine. They were married for ever, so something worked. But as an idea for a novel, it’s weaker than my will in the face of cheesecake.

Ideas don’t usually come to order, at least when the thinking brain is in control. When the left (thinking) brain is distracted or ignored, the right (creative) brain lets loose. I’ll see what pops up as the day goes on, when I’m cooking lunch or booking my flight home.

I need someone to do my thinking for me, so my imagination can run away with itself.

Is this you, too? Or do you create by logic?

 

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About Arabella McIntyre-Brown

I'm a writer from West Sussex is southern England, but after 30 years of urban life in London and Liverpool, I now live in a remote village 1,000 metres up in the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania. My new book is published in November 2016: "Din Liverpool in Carpati: cum mi-am gasit fericirea în inima Transilvaniei"
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6 Responses to Valentine’s Day – half a dozen ideas

  1. Valentines Day – easy peasy. My wife’s birthday. I have no choice but to think about it and indeed plan for it. I need to be prepared, plan ahead, book a meal, buy a present and not one but two cards. For her 50th birthday I took her off on a suprise birthday holiday to Florida. Its what writers do after all. Think about it, plan it, think about a twist or surprise.Not least deliver it and see things through. And it doesnt stop there because I have to do this again….. and again ……..Oh and here’s the twist at the end…… my wife doesnt have a middle name …… but her parents thought long and hard about naming her …… Valentina!!

    PS thanks abbs… given me a cue for 14th Feb!!

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  2. Oops – she’s not really named Valentina… her planned middle name wasnt to be…. but yes it was a nice idea

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