Why creative writing is all about ideas

The60LifeWeekly

26th August 2010

• Creative writing is all about ideas
• The fruit that may act as your brain’s natural housekeeper
• Dealing with the silence of the autodialers in our homes

Hi,

Recent feedback tells me that 60lifers out there are interested in more information about writing: both fiction and non-fiction; health issues including nutrition and appropriate exercise; and money management and related issues. So, I shall be including over the next few weeks what I can find on creative and non-fictional writing, and the other topic categories.

Below, please find three more topics for the week…

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Creative writing is all about ideas
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According to UK writer, Nick Daws :
‘Being a creative writer is all about ideas. Readers and potential writers are always asking successful and creative authors the question, “Where do you get your ideas?” – to which the writers often stumble in reply, or have no real answer. It’s an unsatisfying transaction every time – so why is it that writers can’t say where they get their ideas from? I think it’s partly because they don’t really know, and partly because the way they collect ideas is individual to them, and so any answer they gave would be no use to the asker of the question…

… in one of [Terry Pratchett’s ] books I noticed he postulated the theory in an aside that ideas were like rain. Great thinkers and writers stood out in it and caught as many ideas as they could, while non-writers and non-thinkers sheltered from it. A lovely thought – simple, beautiful and very Terry.’

Check out more of this fascinating insight at mywritingblog.com
Nick Daws’ blog is worth a regular visit if you are truly interested in writing.

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The fruit that may act as your brain’s natural housekeeper
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According to Medical News Today :
‘Scientists have reported the first evidence that eating blueberries, strawberries, and acai berries may help the aging brain stay healthy in a crucial but previously unrecognized way. Their study, presented at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), concluded that berries, and possibly walnuts, activate the brain’s natural “housekeeper” mechanism, which cleans up and recycles toxic proteins linked to age-related memory loss and other mental decline.

Shibu Poulose, Ph.D., who presented the report, said previous research suggested that one factor involved in aging is a steady decline in the body’s ability to protect itself against inflammation and oxidative damage.’

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Dealing with the silence of the autodialers in our homes
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Britons receive six cold calls a month, finds Which? studyScams, sales pitches and ‘silence of the autodiallers’ all intimidate consumers
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The Guardian, Thursday 26 August 2010 Article historyBritish consumers receive an average of six cold calls a month, a survey has found.

The study by Which? found that many of the calls are scams, but big industry is “just as guilty” of using the tactic.

A two-week diary kept by Which? members found British Gas, BT, EDF, E.ON, Homeserve, Sky and TalkTalk were among those who cold-called the most often.

The consumer group’s survey of 2,092 people found two thirds had received at least one cold call in the past three months, and the average was around six calls a month.

One in four people had found such calls intimidating and one in five had felt pressured to buy something.

The diary-keepers found that four in 10 calls were sales calls, which are legal if the householder has not taken action to prevent them.

Another 32% were silent calls, when “autodiallers” phone multiple numbers but do not have enough staff to speak to those who answer.

Among those surveyed, 75% wanted the calls banned and 60% said they immediately hung up on cold-callers.

guardian.co.uk/money/2010/aug/26/six-cold-calls-monthly-survey

I hope you find the above information useful. I’m going to follow Nick Daws’ blog .
Coming-up in the next issue will be three more items, giving news and tips about things that concern us.

Don’t miss your next issue on 2nd September!

Yours,

Mike Paterson,
The 60Life Weekly

PS: Please, if you have your own stories, tips, or feedback send them to me at
mikepaterson@the60lifeweekly.co.uk
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Disclaimer: It is always my intention to be as accurate in fact, detail and comment as possible. However, I cannot be held responsible for any error in details, accuracy or judgement whatsoever. This e-letter is produced on this understanding.

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