Because We All Need Ideas

I’ve been a huge fan of Linda Lewis since I met her and attended a workshop she ran at Swanwick last year. She’s a talented writer of fiction, writes a column for Writers Forum magazine, is entertaining as a tutor and on top of all that, she’s a lovely lady πŸ™‚

So I was thrilled to discover she was publishing another writing guide.


I love this book. It’s the type of writing guide you will return to again and again and again. You will never have an excuse for having writers block with this one on your desk πŸ˜‰

But don’t just take my word for it…..there’s an excellent interview with Linda here, at Female First and even more recommendations over at the Womag Blog.

The blurb on the back says:
This book aims to answer the BIG question. Where do writers get their ideas? Ideas are tricky things. They’re ephemeral. You can’t see them, or take hold of them. They’re also invisible, but like radio waves, they’re everywhere.

The truth is that ideas rain down on us, mostly when we aren’t expecting them. The problem that most people face is that they have very big umbrellas. Ideas simply bounce off them, without being noticed. So if you need to capture them, then this book is for you. It’s an insight into the ways and means, some simple, some straightforward, and others, downright devious, that writers use to generate ideas.

So if you often find yourself stuck for ideas I highly recommend you get this one….trust me, you won’t be disappointed πŸ™‚

Have you got a favourite writing book/guide? One you find yourself always going back to? Would love to hear your recommendations….not sure my husband would agree, because I have a nasty feeling my Amazon Wishlist will be affected lol

13 thoughts on “Because We All Need Ideas

  1. Great review, Vikki! This looks like a good book to have around. My problem is not so much getting ideas but – when I go to flesh them out – realize they are actually awful ideas. πŸ™‚ But I guess they can’t all be gems! Lol!


  2. That looks cool,

    On a side note. I was wondering if you were going to do Camp NaNo in June? I’m seeing if bloggers I know are doing it so we could support each other. I know you said you were excited about November NaNo and Camp NaNO is the same


    • It is, VERY cool πŸ™‚

      Ooooo, I’m having a dΓ©jΓ  vu moment lol…..I thought I replied to your comment about Nano in June somewhere else? Oh well lol

      Yeah, have thought about it, but what with a pocket novel course, a holiday and promising myself I’d get “But Not Forgotten” completely finished by November I’m really aware of taking on too much 😦

      I am Sooo jealous though! Look forward to hearing how you get on πŸ™‚



  3. I always return to ‘On Writing’ (Stephen King.) This little gem seems to have compressed so much into one smallish (especially for Stephen King!) volume.
    The Treasury of Ideas looks so fun! Looks like my Amazon wish list just got a little longer. πŸ™‚


    • Ahhhhh, I have that one languishing on my shelf, unread, and I’ve heard so many good things about it. I will put it on the top of the TBR pile straight away πŸ™‚

      Oh it is fun Kirsten, and so handy!!!! πŸ˜‰



  4. very nice. yeah writer’s blog and ideation stagnation are tough to deal with. i’ve slowly been pulling out of this latest block and i cranked out 10 pages in one day. that felt good, to say the least.


  5. Great tip, thanks. My go-to writing guides are “On Writing” by Stephen King and “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamotte. There are a few more I rely on, but these two speak to me the loudest.

    I think because they highlight their writing advice with their personal experiences. You feel less like you’re being ‘taught’ something, and more like you’ve been invited over for a cold beer and a lounge on a sunny deck.


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