This old post fits perfectly with the 31 days of creativity. Use the five fives to generate ideas. If you like you can post your ideas in the comments and let others use them to generate their own stories. Everyone is bound to have a different slant. Come back and tell us if this technique helped you develop a story.

Head Above Water

The overarching theme of this blog, as you know, is head space. In the context of my endeavours as a writer this in particular means the kind of head space that will engender creativity, that feeling of flow that connects you with the wellspring that is your subconscious and your memory, allowing you to draw on it as you develop your characters and their stories. The space in your brain where slumbering synapses flicker alive, stirring up old thoughts or rememberences but connecting them your current context so that they become fresh and novel.

I am lucky that I have a wonderful physical space in which to write, a dormer room that looks out at trees and is the most tranquil room in the house, elevated as it is from the tramp and everyday clatter of the four young children. What is difficult is finding the temporal and the mental…

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