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England is a fantastic place to see castles and gardens. While in Britain, one of the places we visited was Sudeley Castle and Gardens. It wasn’t over run with tourists and we had a leisurely visit through the castle, chapel, and grounds. I was introduced to knot gardens, there was a kitchen garden full of herbs and spices, as well as the more formal gardens.

 

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What does this picture inspire you to write?

Or, write about taking a ride. Or, write about just purchasing your dream car.

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Imagine a story here.

Or, how do you feel about tattoos? Or, write about getting your first tattoo/ piercing.

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What does this picture inspire you to write?

Or, make up a story to explain this sculpture.

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Keeping your creative juices flowing is a challenge for anyone in the arts. Writing can be especially hard because of the need to keep your seat in a chair and your face looking at a screen for hours.

Paul Zii made a list of 29 ways to remain creative. This same list was also made into a video presentation.

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Pick a few suggestions off the list and include them in your week. See if fresh ideas and inspiration flow.

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What does this picture make you think about?

Or, if you were here, what would you be doing?

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What memories does this picture bring up?

Or, write a story that takes place in, or about, a school library.

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Let your imagination soar.

Or, if you came upon this on a hike in the woods, how would you feel?

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What makes a book stand out from the crowd? When authors ask agents what they are looking for in a book they usually respond with some version of, I can’t tell you, but I know it when I see it. This is very frustrating to any writer who’s trying to get a book published. However, it’s true that agents can’t define for us what someone’s creativity, imagination, and talent may devise.

The President and CEO of Scholastic Inc., Richard Robinson, gave a keynote address at a children’s publishing conference in New York. He commented on what can make any, not just a children’s book, great. Here are his main criteria:

A great book is

  1. One that contains a simple and original idea presented with clarity and great power.
  2. One that connects with the reader, asserting its world directly into the reader’s mind.
  3. One that makes the world seem larger and more interesting.
  4. One written with humor and a light touch.
  5. One that is a realization of a complete but very different world.

Author Peter Brown put it this way: “If I read a story and I relate to it, if it lingers in my imagination, then it’s a great book.”

I think a book that addresses universal issues, touches many people, and makes you think about it long after you finish the story is what makes a book stand out from the pack. What do you think?

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What does this picture make you think about?

Or, write about a road trip you took, or imagine one.

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