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Friday, 28 August 2009


Families say and do remarkable things, amusing things, emotive things and, sometimes, exasperating things too. But it is wonderful to note these things down, not just for the purpose of family records, but for your writing.

Keep a book for the purpose and take it everywhere with you. Look at your collection of anecdotes from time to time and you will be amazed at how inspirational they are. I have a daughter who backpacked around eastern Europe with her boyfriend, having adventures; another who comes out with incredibly sweet and funny pronouncements -"A fossil is a memory of an animal who has died." And yet another who asks constantly, "What if...?" Her 'what ifs?' are always far-fetched and convoluted, a great starting point for a story.

These are just a few examples of many lovely family moments/stories which can be a starting-point for fantastic fiction.

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